Review: Star of Persia

Star of Persia: Esther's Story


In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.

Rating: 4-stars


Star of Persia: Esther’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith is an entertaining journey. From the beginning there was trouble for the queen and her king. Her husband was known for his unfaithfulness towards her. Yet she still hoped for an heir to take over the kingdom and make her husband happy. Ester had to be a strong woman to endure all that she had. Imagine the scorn the other women the king slept with that tormented her daily. Danger was rising and it was up to Esther to protect her people and king. Religious theme of God being there and protecting his people was present in this story. Not as much as I had thought but still there. The king of Persia surprised me in the ending. I had not expected him to do/say what he did to his wife. I think even she was surprised herself. Overall, Star of Persia: Ester’s Story was a great historical/Christian fiction novel.

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