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Following ueenmaker her majestic debut People India Edghill's Wisdom's Daughter is a vivid and assiduously researched rendition of the biblical tale of King Solomon and the ueen of Sheba As the ueen's search for a true heir to her throne takes her to the court of the wisest man in the world both she and the King learn how to value truth love and duty and the king's daughter learns to be a forceful woman in a man's world

10 thoughts on “Wisdom's Daughter A Novel of Solomon and Sheba

  1. says:

    This is the seuel to my previous read ueenmaker That book showed tremendous promise but was hampered by the first person viewpoint of a woman confined to a palace and removed from all action It felt like one long dialog and very much like the author's first novel Still I owned the seuel already and I liked the premise so I decided to give Wisdom's Daughter a chance I'm so glad I didreturnreturnThis book was exuisite It corrected the problems of the first book in a huge way there were multiple characters to follow each with a distinct view on the same events There are several different settings and in this volume they are fully realized Most of all it is enlightening witty and sparkling with chemistry The book begins with Biluis the ueen of Sheba journeying north to the land of the acclaimed Solomon the Wise to find a female heir for Sheba The heir turns out to be Baalit Solomon's own beloved daughter of his true love first wife Biluis and Solomon have incredible chemistryand I don't mean in a sexual sort; they are two intelligent lonely adults who have found their match Baalit is a delightful main character too who feels confined by the male dominant Hebrew society and obviously is looking back on her 14 year old self and shaking her head at her youthful errors Wisdom's Daughter even manages to build on the main character of the previous book ueen Michal and makes her feel real and genuine even though she is deadreturnreturnAnother uirk I loved about this book King Solomon's ueens As I recall from my Sunday School days Solomon was maligned for taking brides from pagan lands and letting them continue their believes in Jerusalem which was then blamed for the fall of the kingdom That is all covered here but it includes some of the perspectives of the ueens themselves and shows them as sad lonely figures They are far from home married against their will and all they have to cling to of their home is the old gods and for some those are even exaggerated to provide them some comfort and refuge It provides an enlightening feminist view of these women who are voiceless and blamedreturnreturnThis is an excellent work of historical fiction and I highly recommend it for those who would love to explore a mostly ignored period of time This isn't a romance and it's definitely not Christian in focus It's just plain good It will be joining The Red Tent on my shelf

  2. says:

    I love historical fiction This one was a great read on the plane to visit family in Texas last summer It was simple yet touching Never go into these things thinking they are 100% accurate just enjoy the ride

  3. says:

    Edghill really wanted to showcase the world of Solomon and Bilis and her choice to do so was to give us so so so many Point Of View characters first and third person It is rather headache inducing to jump from one courtier to the next one wife to the other one child to another relatives in laws parents advisors enemies allies priests prophets etc There’s little time left to develop all these side characters which begs the uestion why bring them up at all when the main characters are fascinating enough by themselves? The worst part is all the side characters are eually fascinating but we only get a small taste of each the most frustrating being given just the smallest glimpse into the lives of several of his wives Even with paring down the traditional population of Solomon’s harem from 1000 to 40 there are still too many characters to give any the proper attention they deserveIf Edghill wanted to she could have taken the material here and used it as the basis for a 40 book series about the 40 wives of Solomon to give them all the proper development space they deserved Note to self look to see if I have time to write multi book series on each wife of Solomon Pick a number less than 1000 probably? And can we all agree how gross and stupid and wasteful and selfish harems are? I suspect with absolutely no hard evidence to back me up I’m just spit balling here we as a species somewhere about 50000 years ago might have been at some sort of cheetah level population numbers and something vaguely like a harem might have been put in place in order to uickly build up the population level and never mind the genetic – and social – conseuences But after we had agriculture well in hand there’s really no call for that kind of thing We’ve survived our ELE’s hurray let’s move onto euality already OK?Anyway the King of Israel and the ueen of Sheba meet and it is a true meeting of the minds meeting of true euals sparks fly the earth moves all the usual stuff from the old tales – but there is an extra twist to the tale here The ueen seeks her heart’s desire – and what she desires most is exactly with the king is least likely to part with There is shenanigans with religious and sexual politics but while the story gradually builds to a fairly exciting plot there isn’t the great battle of wills and wits I expected just a realization by the supposed wisest king that everyone should be allowed to live to their full potential

  4. says:

    What I love about historical fiction is getting into the mindset of that culture Edghill does a great job of this with her analogies and perceptions in each character Her main character observations are worded elegantly and breautifully The story was carefully constructed in order to follow the lines through many people too many in all honesty The biggest disappointment was Ahijah the prophet Why do religious men have to be angry and unyielding And he hates women? While the setting is Biblical history there was little to nothing of Yahweh Pagan gods seemed to have influence than the Biblical God Its like all spirituality and belief were sucked out of the story which was disappointing as major Biblical characters are used in this story Baalit nor Soloman could have prayed to Yahweh just once for answers? I was saddened that no religious influence besides hateful and scheming Ahijah bore any weight on the plotline I also thought there were a few too many side stories It was too hard to tie them all up in the end Characters like Amyntor Rahbarin and the handmaidens were given too much story In the second part of the book it was a confusing plot that skewed in too many directions and watered down the focus of the story Edghill explored just a few too many of the supporting cast While I found it an interesting read it wasn't as page turning a flow as I had hoped But Edghill has such poetic prose I love her word choices I thought this was a good book but I most wanted to feel the spirituality in the main characters and that was sorely lacking for me I wanted though provoking spirituality I loved the ueen of Sheba parts especially in her land where women are the dominant sex Fascinating piece to explore that is so uniue to historical fiction and this was barely explored in the book sadly I wanted The gods give us life for good or for ill If we do not use their gift wisely well that is our own fault Not theirs

  5. says:

    ueen Bilis of Sheba is past menopause and without an heiress to succeed her as ueen King Solomon of Israel is fair and just and wise but dead in spirit never having recovered from the loss of his first and favorite wife His daughter Princess Baalit is blazing with ambition and restlessness but destined only for a role as a subservient wife When Bilis visits Israel the lives of all three characters are shaken Along the way the author seduces with lush detail a large cast of characters and a fascinating alternate perspective on figures from the Bible and folk legend I enjoyed this book but I felt oddly emotionally distant from the major characters SolomonSheba is one of the great love stories of the ages Yet in this novel I don't really feel the strength of that love I see how they are taken with each other intellectually but the spark just didn't light for me Maybe this is because the only character we really get inside of is Baalit who is kind of a brat Maybe it's because there really isn't much conflict or tension in the plot I could tell the entire storyline from the first few chapters and while there are events that threaten to disrupt the characters' lives for the most part these events are averted before the tension really has a chance to build All the same this is a lovely book and I recommend it if you like feminist leaning historical novels as I do Oddly the part that really choked me up was the story of Helike Solomon's Trojan wife who made vows of chastity to Artemis but was overridden when her father needed her to cement an alliance with Israel She is a very minor character but she's the one I ended up caring about most

  6. says:

    Part of my problem with this book wasn't the book's fault my library only had the large print edition So it was annoying to read in the huge font But I could have overcome that if it had been a better storyI love well written biblical fiction like Orson Scott Card's Women of Genesis series or The Red Tent So I had high hopes Sadly they just were not met Normally I don't mind jumps in narration but all the women seemed to speak with the same voice and there were SO MANY of them it got repetitious and tedious trying to keep up with all of them I stuck with it through the overly long 'getting to know you' section thinking surely things would pick up when the ueen arrived but the story never seemed to take off It's a shame the idea is a good one but the execution was poor

  7. says:

    The story was slow the characters hard to distinguish from one another and the structure didn't work at all

  8. says:

    When the ueen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relation to the name of the LORD she came to test him with hard uestionsKing Solomon gave the ueen of Sheba all she desired and asked for besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own countryThe Bible gives us very little in regards to the story of Solomon and the ueen of Sheba In fact we do not even discover her name Yet a legend has grown up around this brief story a legend of love and loss India Edghill follows that tradition and expands on the story found in the Bible to bring us amazing individuals full of passion wisdom and loveIn the beginning I was concerned that I would not love this book It was lovely and interesting but I found that I could just not make head way I had loved ueen Maker and had the same hopes for this In the end I cried Cried for the loves that could not be for the triumphs that did occur for the beauty that can be seen when we follow our hearts Edghill succeeded in bringing life to these biblicial characters and remains one of my favorite authors

  9. says:

    I love her books most of us who grew up in the middle of the 20th century grew up hearing stories of the Old and New Testament Ms Edghill does a wonderful job bringing these characters to life in her novels I can't wait for the next one

  10. says:

    Wow this was a great tale to read Reuired a bit of an effort to keep track of who's who but there was a tree in the front of the bookliked it enough to want to read another tale of Soloman and Sheba