The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.
At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.
Mesu creates the exotic world of Egypt and invites you to partake of it. Mesu's research is impeccable and her imagination is guided by God so nothing is missed. Miriam comes alive on the page and you become part of the story. Each time Moses went into the royal hall to speak to Pharaoh I felt scared to death for Moses and Aaron, and yet I couldn't wait for the plague to smack him in the face, I hated that the plagues affected the Israelites as well. As with each biblical fiction book I read, I find myself drawn to the Bible to re-read the story. I grew up knowing the story of Moses, I Bible quizzed on it and even led my own children in Bible quizzing on it, yet there is something about reading Moses' words in Exodus and seeing Yahweh take care of His children.
While this is book two in the Treasures of the Nile series, you could pick up this book and not be lost at all. However, I would recommend you get Pharaoh's Daughter and read it first because of it's rich storytelling. You won't be sorry!
I highly recommend this book!