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For over forty years Michal lived and reigned in David's court She was the beautiful and proud daughter of King Saul and the prize David would risk his kingdom to win Behind the palace doors beneath the burning sun of the desert or fleeing from Absalom's warriors Michal was at the center of court intrigues


10 thoughts on “ueenmaker A Novel of King David's ueen

  1. says:

    Having studied the story of David very closely I was delighted to see that India Edghill’s story deftly releases the inherent tensions hidden in the conventional biblical accounts of this hero of the Old Testament No one could be that powerful and heroic without also being ruthless and self centered Not only are is the era ca 1000BCE drawn in a palpable realistic sensual way but also the behind the scenes motives and machinations which help explore and fill in the gaps between David the King and David the man and everyone he affected especially Michal and his other wives From David’s first audacious victory over Goliath and the Philistines through war intrigue love lust betrayal compromise and treachery Michal is thrust into often untenable positions which test her character her ingenuity her faith and her loyalty I really empathized and often identified with her difficulties so found her very believable Edghill writes with true sensibility for the biblical era no jarring anachronisms of thought or description at all and with a deep insight into the characters of men and women confronted with choices between love and revenge power and influence and even life and death ueenmaker is an absorbing thoughtful book and I highly recommend it


  2. says:

    My husband spotted this book on the library shelf and handed it to me When I read the inside cover I was really intrigued a novel that shows King David's life from the perspective of Michal his first wife That should be interestingWell I didn't like the narrating style This tells the story of Michal and also of David's rise to power but it was narrated from the perspective of Michal's final days of life as if she was looking back on her life Therefore there was a lot of I thought I was being wise but I would come to find out later that I was still very naive That really annoyed meThere was very little outside of the Bible story I was surprised that a 350 page novel didn't really make me feel as if I had learned anything new I also didn't really feel like I was made aware of the setting of the story Sure most of it took place in a palace but there was very little description that placed the story in a specific time period It could have happened anywhere in the world at any point in time prior to 1900The worst part of the novel is it's Biblical inaccuracy David is made out to be a conniving manipulative selfish and cold hearted man who only wants to be approved of by man There was no sense that David was ever listening to God or even considered where God was leading This is odd considering the Bible calls David a man after God's own heart Nathan God's prophet after Samuel was portrayed as weak giving unfulfilled prophecy and blind to what David was really like Seriously? I know my review is harsh but the only thing that kept me from giving it a 1 star is that I wanted to see how it ended I was hoping that Michal would learn that David was unselfish listening to God and that she had misunderstood him Nope In this story David died a selfish cold man who didn't care about God If you care about novels portraying Biblical figures correctly don't bother with this novel


  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this novel When I first came across it I thought the ueen in uestion was Bathsheba as she was the mother of Solomon but this was a nice surprise The author really manages to nicely capture the flavor of this era as well as bringing depth to the Biblical stories centering around DavidThings were really different back then and some readers might see certain actions here as vicious and I certainly wouldn't want to live in the ancient world but as a history nerd I can appreciate that we can't always judge things by our current social s and standards Reading this novel encouraged me to do research into what the Bible had to say about David and the important people in his life455 stars


  4. says:

    ueenmaker by India Edghill was fabulous I loved it Every bit as good as its seuel I read a few years ago Wisdom's Daughter by the same author I happen to love historical fiction also the misrash y type books that fill in the spaces of the women and stories of our biblical times I had never heard of or knew much about ueen Michal but I loved her character and the twists and turns of the story It was a delight and the writing was terrific I'll spoil the writing at the end but not the outcome History has done that for us At the end India Eghill and ueen Michal remind us that in the constant contest between love and wisdom love wins but they both win because to love is to be wise Don't you love that? And its so true Love is wisdom directly from the heart How's your heart these days? Helping you make wise choices I hope that feel true and authentic and aligned with self purposeNow starting Away by Amy Bloom Happy Reading and Happy Summer Amy


  5. says:

    Can we stop trying to re write The Red Tent and just shoot for interesting female characters with brains and hearts who don't necessarily have to be ahead of their time to the point of absurdity or living in worlds populated solely by oppressive barbaric idiotic men who's only goal in life is to subjugate women under the guise of either beating the shit out of them or taking care of them? I KNOW Christianity is inherently misogynistic I seriously just spent 10 minutes trying to spell that sexist and generally terrible I know I know women have throughout history been put down treated like crap and been denied their proper place in world history I do know this But I also have to believe I just have to that not every single man in the history of the universe who was ever in a position of power used that power entirely to make all the women around him miserable It is so rare to find good historical fiction that uses actual history properly or finds a way to blend honest humanity within a historical context I'm totally ranting here but my point is ultimately that we have here yet another uasi historicalbiblical female who must rise above the patriarchy for really no reason to essentially get revenge on the man who done her wrong all the while making shockingly revolutionary strides for women everywhere The entire novel is about this woman trying to get revenge on King David of Israel and its incredibly boring reading The other thing that bugs me is that at the end of the day she realizes that all she really needed the whole time was love Which kind of throws that whole woman power thing right out the windowblech


  6. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed India Edghill's ueenmaker A Novel of King David's ueen the story of Michal daughter of King Saul and wife of King David Basing her interpretation on a few Biblical references Edghill fleshes out the character of Michal and the other women in David's life including Bathsheba and Abishag in a highly believable fashion Eually interesting is her portrayal of David from the young shepherd harper and hero beloved and feared by Saul to the ruthless warrior who united Israel defeated its enemies and secured the fortress city of Jerusalem as its capitol to the corrupt leader who killed both allies and rivals to get what he wanted to the grief stricken father who saw his sons conspire against him and each other for his power and his crown Edghill has written several other historical novels featuring women mentioned in the Bible and though normally this is not one of my favourite historical periods to read about I'll be looking forward to reading them


  7. says:

    In the spirit of The Red Tent this novel tells the story of of a Biblical woman Michal the daughter of King Saul and the wife of King David As women's roles in the Bible are often vague and overshadowed by men's this attempts to tell some of the stories from the Old Testament how Michal must have experienced them The author has some great historical research tied in and the story is engrossing It is also a very harsh criticism of David the man and brings his legend under the shadow of humanity This book humanizes Biblical characters making it easier to relate with historical characters and if you so wish religious figures


  8. says:

    Perhaps I should have seen the blurb on the front cover from People magazine lauding the vivid attention to historical detail as a warning At any rate I was intrigued to read the story of King David from the perspective of his first wife But this was a travesty in many ways While there were places where I found the character of Michal to be sympathetic she was largely annoying And aside from the short segment never even a full verse of a verse from II Samuel that preceded each chapter and was not always even used in context there was no shred of Biblical accuracy David is written as a blasphemous lying manipulative vain childish thoroughly despicable person Timelines are changed a fictional writing tool I could accept I can even deal with the fact that several names are changed though some inexplicably But aside from the absolute slander heaped on David numerous facts are not only changed but twisted in a mocking manner Instead of David bringing Saul the foreskins of 100 Philistines as the bride price for Michal David returns with twice that many Philistine soldiers who agree to be circumcised to serve Saul These same soldiers are later used to David's advantage in taking his kingdom and building his palace Solomon is made to be the first and only child of David Bathsheba so instead of an infant who dies Michal herself saves Solomon when he appears to be stillborn thereby making the prophet Nathan look foolish when the judgment he pronounced fails to come true The rape of Tamar by her half brother Amnon is completely altered Amnon is virtually a saint he and Tamar are deeply in love and wish to marry and Absalom murders Amnon out of jealousy and then kills Tamar his full sister to silence her To further blacken David's name the author makes David the crippler of his own nephew son of his beloved late friend Jonathan Instead of being crippled when he is dropped as a small child by his nurse in this story he is being brought to live in David's palace as a much older childonly he arrives not the healthy boy Michal has heard of but no than a crippled vegetable broken and bruised beyond healingand it is made clear that Michal knows this was done under David's orders presumably to prevent any threat to his throne The author twists the verse where Michal sarcastically accuses David of uncovering himself before the people and turns it into David being completely naked his skin slick and shiny with oil or like oil? a scene recalled again in the book as if once weren't enough David wore a simple linen robe like that of the priests instead of his royal robes when he danced before the Lord as the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the city David's desire to build a temple to glorify the Lord is morphed into Michael's conniving way of getting what she wants from David in the moment by convincing him that he will look good to the people and win gratitude from the priests for such a grand gesture And even at the end of his life the author makes a mockery of his final words Apparently nothing about the historical figure of David about whom much is written in the Bible is sacred so long as tarnishing it makes fodder to create a story for another character a character while admittedly historical herself about whom we have little knowledge and less documentation Speaking of documentation there is no bibliography for this bookmeaning no sources for the fantastical mess that has been spunNot only is David a thoroughly unpleasant and unlikable person but Michal comes off that way too much of the time She is bitter hateful vengeful deceptiveand while the manner is which David has been redesigned gives merit to much of her feeling it still leaves a person I do not believe I would care to have knownIn the author's acknowledgments at the beginning she states that part of the purpose of this book was to give a voice to a biblical woman long condemned to silence If this is the voice she imagines she would have been better to leave us with the silence


  9. says:

    This is a work of biblical historical fiction and I bought it solely because the cover blurb said it was on the same level as The Red Tent one of my favorite books of recent years Unfortunately it's not anywhere near as good as that bookreturnreturnThe story is a first person account of Michal daughter of King Saul and first wife of David At heart it's a story about the power of men and how they abuse that power and how even repressed women can earn power in their own right This involves a lot of talking A lot Michal is entirely removed from ongoing wars and conflicts being secluded in the palace; there isn't even much court intrigue except for one other wife who gets snippy on occasion It ends up being David or Bathsheba talking to Michal while she spins in the garden That's pretty much it The material is very interesting but there was no suspense or conflict Michal bides her time waiting to pwn King David the Jerk I pushed myself through the last half of the book just because I wanted to get it over with before I got too boredreturnreturnThat said I have the seuel to this found it at a thrift store months ago and I'm still going to give it a shot Maybe part of the problem is that ueenmaker feels like a first novel Like the author has some great ideas but is still honing her craft Therefore I'll give her one chance and hope it's a better book Or maybe I'm just masochistic The seuel is awesome much much better than ueenmaker


  10. says:

    Although I was delighted at the premise of this book I find that I ended up uite disappointed The thing that annoyed me the most about the book is the Biblical inaccuracies Although the Bible provides many details about David's story very little is known about Michal and their relationship Additionally little is known about Bathsheba As such it seems that the author would stick to the few facts provided and use her creativity to fill in the rest Unfortunately she seems to have thrown out what little facts we know and changed the past to benefit the narrative I was also very put off by the characterization of David While I realize we heard the story from Michal's point of view and her hatred of David caused us to see him through her angry and tormented point of view I found myself annoyed by this portrait of David that so heavily contradicts the one in the Bible David's sins and faults are well documented in the Bible but he is also portrayed as someone who is remorseful and dedicated to his relationship with God Also due to some inaccuracies Nathan is completely discredited as a prophet in the book which drove me crazy as well Even if all the inaccuracies were corrected I still found Michal's fixation with revenge and hatred tiring At first it was understandable and you felt sorry for her but after a while it just made me weary