Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings.
In her first installment of the rewritten and repackaged "Chronicles of the Kings" series, Austin (Fire by Night) paints an intriguing portrait of the young prince Hezekiah and his deteriorating kingdom of Judah from the biblical book of Chronicles. As the evil King Ahaz sacrifices his young sons in order to appease the monstrous god Molech, the High Priest Uriah condones the murders, seduced by potential power. Uriah decides to blend all religions into a new sort of worship (conservative Christian readers won't miss the contemporary implications). Hezekiah's grandfather, the prophet and recovering alcoholic Zechariah, teaches Hezekiah about Yahweh, but King Ahaz sends Zechariah into seclusion and Hezekiah soon forgets the God of the Jews. The pacing sometimes slows, and one cliched scene when Hezekiah's wife Hephzibah and her younger sister disguise themselves as servant girls has appeared in too many CBA novels. Austin is adept at walking the fine line of portraying the violent, barbarous times of the period-including the lives of women treated as sex objects and bartered property-without stepping on the toes of conservative readers. She leaves some plot lines dangling, such as Hephzibah's hopes to kindle romance in her marriage, presumably to be continued in the next installment. This is a promising start to a series that will acquaint Christian readers with some little-known biblical prophets and kings.
Gods and Kings
Excellent telling of Hezekiah's life from childhood, where he is comforted and taught by his grandfather, former High Priest, Zechariah. His father is Ahaz, the idolatrous King of Judah. Under his reign Judah becomes a vassal state. Hezekiah becomes king with his nation deeply in debt, a corrupt High Priest, and a nation not ready for reform.
Gods and Kings
I throughly enjoy this biblical fiction based on the lives and times of kings of the old testament - and it encouraged me to study the noted scriptures and beyond them. It brings the lifestyle of those days into focus. I was totally absorbed and will remember the lessons of the scripture as I recall this story. It is well written and researched.
I continued to enjoy the 2nd and 3rd books of this series, but can not find the 4th book to continue... Please make it available!
Gods and kings
Very well written. I love reading about OT characters. The only thing I didn't like was the times the children were sacrificed to molech. I couldn't think of anything but that after I read that part. Too emotional for me to read, but also made me understand what it truly was like then. This book helped me see the Bible come to life!