Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction
Synopsis: Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.
To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?
For a debut novel, this is quite impressive. Through the first-person narrative of Kiya I felt completely immersed in her world and life as she experienced both life as an Egyptian and a wanderer in the desert.
Although I don’t know anything about historical Egypt apart from the historical documentaries I have enjoyed, I have to say that I really felt the author did an excellent job of making everything feel completely authentic. The same goes for the Hebrew culture.
I also admire her way of making the biblical stories more personal. Being a Christian I have read and studied the Exodus story many times, but the way this author presents the story from a first person narrative and even an outsiders point of view is refreshing. She deftly weaves a tale of faith and belief while making the journey believable and heartfelt.
I adored the slow growth of relationship between Eben and Kiya, it was nice to have a slow unfolding of friendship, kinship and love with them as the story progressed. I do wish there had been some sort of epilogue to finish their story off more, but I do get the point of leaving their story in a hopeful place. Plus I think the author wrote other books in this series with the different characters and these two make cameos so that will work for me haha!
The other characters were lovely as well, Shira in particular and Kiya’s brother Jumo was such an understated treat with his silent observations, although I kind of wish he hadn’t been healed in the end. I know that sounds horrible but what made him endearing was his wonderful spirit and belief in the face of his disabilities.
Overall such a wonderfully deep and yet still fun and engaging read.