May 27, 2008
With her husband Prince Jubal now dead, young Kenana is made Queen of Adah, a
fact that does not sit well with her eldest stepson and breeds unrest amongst
him and his allies.
However, Kenana’s first priority is the impending birth of her child, a babe
that might not be her husband’s, but the progeny of the Nephilim who took
advantage of her so many months before. Will her son be human? Will he be
good, or inherit the evil nature of the Nephilim?
Meanwhile, the enemies of Kenana and Adah have amassed an army to march against
them. Her trusted friend, Asher, returns just in time to deliver her baby and
to spirit them both away to safety from the war-minded Nephilim.
Has Asher returned only as her servant and protector? Or is there more to his
feelings for Kenana?
Having previously read Verna Hargrove’s GLORIOUS COMPANION, which
begins the story of Kenana and ends with quite the cliffhanger, I was very
interested to see how this wondrous tale ends in MESOPOTAMIAN MAIDEN.
I will say right up front that MESOPOTAMIAN MAIDEN is really a
continuation of the story begun in that first book, so I highly recommend
reading them in order to best experience this story.
In my review for the previous book, I mentioned that romance did not feel like the primary
focus of the story, but in this sequel the romance is much more prevalent,
although the other elements have as strong a presence as the romance.
As the story progresses, we enjoy the opportunities that Kenana has to obtain
closure in some areas of her life, along with the new possibilities that open up
for her. Kenana comes to understand more fully what is happening in the world
around her, and her own family’s role in the future of mankind.
Asher’s return introduces some very interesting surprises in the story, for both
Kenana and the reader. She and we see this man in a new light – although he was
always an intriguing character, he plays a much larger part in this book than I
What also makes the plot interesting is that we see the world before the Great
Flood, with a fictionalized account of some of the events that led mankind to
that disastrous event, showing a bright spot of hope and faith in a world that
was speeding rapidly towards its own doom. These bits of biblical history lend
MESOPOTAMIAN MAIDEN an undeniably inspirational slant.
Congratulations to Ms. Hargrove for a moving conclusion to a wonderful series!
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