Book Review: The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther by Rebecca Kohn

Share Button

I bor­rowed this book from the local library.

Book Review The Gilded Chamber A Novel of Queen Esther by Rebecca Kohn

My rat­ing for The Gilded Cham­ber- 4

"The Gilded Cham­ber: A Novel of Queen Esther" by Rebecca Kohn is a famil­iar story, Hadas­sah, a Jew­ish orphan, is being brought to the court of King Xerxes as a pos­si­ble queen. Hid­ing her Jew­ish ori­gins she changes her name to Esther, becomes queen and saves the Jews from cer­tain death (now…let's eat).

Buy "The Gilded Cham­ber" and get a royal treat

The book itself is very inven­tive bib­li­cal fic­tion, I must give the author credit and I really enjoyed the first part of the book. How­ever, for me the book took a wrong turn by not stick­ing with the bib­li­cal time­line and tak­ing too many lib­er­ties with the "fic­tion" part of bib­li­cal fic­tion. Part of my enjoy­ment read­ing fic­tion is that I learn some­thing along the way, if I have to pick apart what's accu­rate and what's not it takes away from the experience.

The female char­ac­ters are drawn very nicely, but the males seemed to be a bit flat and unin­ter­est­ing. That's too bad because Xerxes, Mordechai and Haman are fas­ci­nat­ing cul­tural, his­tor­i­cal and bib­li­cal char­ac­ters by their own right.

This is not a crit­i­cism, just an observation.

Another issue is con­sis­tency. The king is depicted as a rag­ing drunk in one scene, and as a benev­o­lent monarch in another and from some rea­son Esther's por­trayal changes towards the end of the book. How­ever, these might be just me nit­pick­ing because I really like the Book of Esther.

Over­all I liked "The Gilded Cham­ber" . It was engag­ing, enter­tain­ing and doesn't sugar-coat (too much) the harsh life women had (even royalty).

Buy "The Gilded Cham­ber" and get a royal treat

Zohar — Man of La Book
Enhanced by Zemanta
Share Button

Enjoy this post? Why don't you sign up for the RSS feed