Monday, February 3, 2014

Solomon's Song

Author: Roberta Kells Dorr
Publisher: Moody Publishing
December 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8024-8492-5
Genre: Biblical fiction

The sadness and the tenderness of life are felt so acutely in the presence of beauty, and love is revealed more in our sorrow than in our joy. -Solomon, from Solomon's Song

The wisest of all kings, beloved son of King David and his wife Bathsheba, builder of a prosperous empire, lover to many wives and concubines-King Solomon was once merely a son of David with no guarantee of ever taking the throne. On the cusp of adulthood, with no direction in life, Solomon found himself infatuated . . . in love with a lowly shepherdess, a young maiden chosen for his father to serve David in his later years.

Overhead clouds ceased to discharge life-giving rain, and the anxious people looked to King David for relief from the famine. In their weakness they turned from Yahweh and sacrificed to foreign gods. But David's eldest son, Adonijah had a plan, one that could cost the Benjamites their lives. Revenge.

Solomon was still Bathsheba's eldest son's and with it came certain family expectations. His mother wanted nothing less than the throne for her eldest living son. He must marry a princess first, and then he can marry any common woman he desired.   

Solomon struggled against family expectations and his chief rival, his own brother, Adonijah; he fought against the most disappointing aspect of his quest to become ruler, "Love is nothing, when pitted against strength and power."

SOLOMON’S SONG is the newest biblical fiction by Ms. Dorr. I am not a huge fan of biblical fiction, so I’m probably not the best person to give reviews of this genre. I don’t like fictionalizing The Holy Bible. There are some point of view glitches and the style is written in such a way to keep the reader distant.
SOLOMON’S SONG does bring to life the growing unrest of King David’s oldest son, Adonijah, before he begins attempting to kill his father. It also shows Solomon attempting to be honoring to his father even as his brother plots against him. But when a young woman Solomon falls in love with is chosen to sleep with his father, he is faced with an insurmountable challenge.

If you like biblical fiction, you won’t want to miss SOLOMON’S SONG. $14.99. 304 pages. 

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