Princess Teia, daughter of Judah’s last king, begins a harrowing journey after she’s rescued by the prophet Jeremiah from the burning city of Jerusalem. They flee to Egypt, where amid Teia’s efforts to cope with devastating loss comes an unexpected awakening of her heart when she meets Eochaid, a foreign prince. The two young nobles fall in love, but are soon forced to part and follow their preordained destinies of ruling separate nations.
After Eochaid sails home to his ailing father, the heartbroken princess embarks on a perilous ocean voyage, where eluding pirates and surviving a raging tempest won’t be the greatest threats to her life. Instead, it’s the whisperings and seeds of doubt being sown by an invisible foe who seeks to destroy her soul as she struggles through the storms of life to hold on to her trust and belief in God.
Against the backdrop of daring escapes on land and sea, raging sword battles, and deadly sorcerers, an emotional journey ensues across multiple continents for both Teia and Eochaid. Even though time and distance have kept them apart, they’ve never ceased to love each other, all the while unaware that God’s steady hand guides their paths as part of his plan to restore Judah’s everlasting throne—as symbolized by the sacred stone that Israel’s patriarch Jacob once used as a pillow in the wilderness.
D. A. Brittain writes adventure-filled stories that illustrate biblical truth through compelling and realistic characters. In addition to being a passionate student of the Bible and ancient history, she has traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East, giving her the opportunity to research and explore the land, historic sites, and larger-than-life heroes and heroines appearing in Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone, the first in a series of historical novels.
Keywords: Adventure, Romance, Inspirational, Biblical, Christian, Historical, Fiction, Religious, Fantasy, Series
In Brittain's debut novel, the legend claiming the Stone Pillow used by Jacob in the Bible and the Stone of Scone used at British coronations are one and the same is true. Princess Teia, daughter of the biblical King Zedekiah, flees with the prophet Jeremiah and a group of refugees after Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem, taking Jacob's stone with them. Eochaid Finn, son of the High King of Ireland, leads a seafaring expedition, crossing paths with Teia during a brief sojourn in Egypt. An immediate attraction develops, but the pair must overcome physical distance and religious differences if their relationship is to exist outside of their dreams. Intrigue, fierce battles, pirate attacks, treacherous alliances, and a quaint romantic dalliance ensue as the stone finds its way from Jerusalem to Ireland. Brittain seamlessly weaves historical fact, legend, and biblical references into an engrossing tale of faith and love. (BookLife)