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Book Review: Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin

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.

Characters: .75/1

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.

Dialogue: 1/1

The dialogue seemed very appropriate to the times and never took me out of the book.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

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.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

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.

Conclusion: 4.5/5

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.

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