, July 31, 2016
(view all comments by J Augustine)
Another moving and very powerful story from one of the best names in Biblical fiction. Miriam opens up the world of the Exodus and helps you dig deep down into yourself and, even more so, into the Bible.
Mesu Andrews paints such vivid word pictures that all five senses are engaged through the imagination. Her depictions of life in ancient times, Egypt in this book, are just so real. And let me tell you, the plaques were described to well and so colorfully that, not only did I mentally visualize them, but I also just about smelled the dead fish and frogs. Speaking of the plagues, I really liked how she handled them, some science but the miraculousness of them is not hidden or denied.
One of the things I love best about Mesu Andrews writing is that she takes these Biblical heroes off the pedestals we've put them on. They are people, just like us, they made the same mistakes people do today. In Miriam the title character has several struggles, one of which is that she feels replaced and unimportant when God chooses to reveal His salvation of the Hebrews through her little brother, Moses, instead of her. She has been El Shaddai's prophetess for decades, when suddenly He has a new name and nothing is the same, so she feels angry.
On the whole, I was totally impressed by Miriam and can't recommend Mesu Andrews' new Treasurer's Of The Nile series enough.
(I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)