Title: Keepers of the Covenant
Written By: Lynn Austin
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 15 & up
I read this book under orders. Okay, not really. It was suggested to me by a wise friend, that I take a break from writing and do some reading. So I did and of course, had to decide which of the hundreds of books on my to-read list to read. I’d recently heard from multiple writing friends that Lynn Austin wrote excellent books and I happened to own one, so I chose that one. I am so glad that I did. Not only is this series Biblical Fiction (a genre I am writing at the moment), but these are also about prophets I don’t know super well.
I loved the characters. There was one that turned me off quite a bit, but he was supposed to, so I guess that’s all right. I loved the author’s depiction of Ezra and his wife. They were such opposites in so many ways and yet perfect for each other.
The dialogue seemed very appropriate to the times and never took me out of the book.
I’ve written some Biblical fiction, but I’ve never considered taking on this big of a project. Writing about the book of Ezra is ambitious and I can’t imagine how much research went into it. That being said, I think Lynn Austin did a wonderful job with this storyline and tying in so many details together.
Overall writing quality: .75/1
I’ve said this before, but I judge traditionally published books a little higher than independently published books due to the amount of editors they generally have. There were a few places in this book that I thought a sentence here and there could have been reworded to make it stronger. Overall, it was great, though.
I didn’t want to put the book down. If I’d been single, I would have stayed up all night reading it. Or if I hadn’t had anything to do the next day. Unfortunately, I had both.
I loved this book. This is the second in the series, but first that I read and that was not a problem. Having since read book one, a few of the characters are recurring and I can understand a couple things slightly better, but this book could be read on its own.
I did mention above that the recommended ages are 15 & up. There are a few things mentioned that anyone under 15 should have a parent’s approval before reading. Nothing too descriptive, I’m just putting that caution out there.
Note: I received a free paperback of this novel from the publisher and was not under any compulsion to post a positive review.