Lynn Austin once again brings the Old Testament to life in Keepers of the Covenant, book two in the Restoration Chronicles.
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra's brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude's widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple---but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges . . . this one for the survival of God's covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.
Keepers of the Covenant, book two in the Restoration Chronicles is a breath taking series that will grab your attention and keep you turning the pages.
I love historical fiction and I enjoyed the accuracy that Lynn Austin provides concerning the Biblical events. Of course she is taking some creative liberty to what the individuals are saying in-between the lines of God’s word and of course puts more personality than what we know of into the characters. She keeps the focus on the events that we already know from His word and brings the plot together beautifully.
The main character is Ezra and I don’t know of any other author that has made a historical fiction book with him being the main character. I have always loved reading about Ezra.
The Jewish culture of the times is clearly captured within the pages as or the characters.
I loved this series and would highly recommend it. You could easily follow along if you haven’t read the first book in the series, but I would recommend you read it.
Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.