Two women occupy a place in Herod’s court. The first, Salome, is the king’s only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve.
The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion.
Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless–both women struggle to reach their goals and survive in Herod the Great’s tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.
King’s Shadow by Angela Hunt is a fascinating tale. It takes you back to King Herod’s time. In this plot, we meet Herod’s sister and her handmaid. There’s also the different members of the King’s court that were introduced as well. That is what really peaked my interest. The main protagonists were not quite as developed as I was expecting. Their attitudes and outlooks made them a bit confusing. Sometimes, they were not quite believable either. However, the story held a great promise and insight into the time period. It was like watching history come alive again. Reading this book, it takes awhile to get into it. Otherwise, it was good.