Princess Teia, daughter of Judah’s last king, begins a harrowing journey after she’s rescued by the prophet Jeremiah from the burning city of Jerusalem. They flee to Egypt, where amid Teia’s efforts to cope with devastating loss comes an unexpected awakening of her heart when she meets Eochaid, a foreign prince. The two young nobles fall in love, but are soon forced to part and follow their preordained destinies of ruling separate nations.
Against the backdrop of daring escapes on land and sea, raging sword battles, and deadly sorcerers, an emotional journey ensues across multiple continents for both Teia and Eochaid as they contend with lost love, personal tragedy, and stirring spiritual transformation. All the while they’re unaware that God’s steady hand guides their paths as part of his plan to restore Judah’s everlasting throne—as symbolized by a sacred stone.
Title: Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone
Series (if applicable): N/A, stand-alone
Author: D.A Brittain
Publisher (if applicable): First Edition Design Publishing, Inc
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Biblical Fiction
Recommended Age: 17+, mainly because of some inappropriate content as well as romance and interest.
This book had been on my tbr list for a while. The cover is just so gorgeous and eye-catching, and the synopsis sounded intriguing. When I got the opportunity to receive this book in exchange for a review, I jumped at it.
Princess Teia was an interesting sort. I have to admit I got extremely annoyed with the damsel-in-distress thing happening with her, and did find it harder to relate with her. But she went through so many tough situations in her life such as leaving the land she grew up in forever and her trust in God really was what made me like her more once I finished the book.
Prince Eochaid was someone I was interested in on and off. At times, I wanted to know what was going on with him, but at other times, I really didn’t care. I was fond enough of him overall, and really felt for him when an event occurred (especially when I consider how it could’ve happened to me). Love at first sight certainly applies to him and Teia, which probably could be super romantic for some.
My favorite parts of the story were when the characters traveled across the sea to new lands as well as reading about Jeremiah. I always find myself interested in historical figures that we don’t necessarily know much about, and I’ll have to look into him more from my Bible.
While I loved certain aspects of the story, I found myself not wanting to read this at first. It was very slow, and I found myself somewhat annoyed at certain circumstances. What really bugged me was how there was more telling than showing in this book. Many times when the characters went through a trial, I found myself having a harder time to connect with them since there was a lack of description in that area. It took me about 80 pages to actually start getting sucked into the story because of this. I also felt the modern elements at the beginning and the end were unnecessary. However, the writing was done pretty well and she was great at historical descriptions. I did find typos, but I believe that is pretty much inevitable in every book out there.
Overall, although some of this content below bothered me, I feel like I came out with some interesting information I wasn’t aware of before (such as where the Easter Bunny originated from as well as Halloween) and I’m glad I ended up finishing the book. I could really see myself reading some more of this author’s work in the future. If you enjoy realistic historical and biblical fiction, then this would be the book for you!
I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger readers because of inappropriate situations.
Content Warnings: Teia and her sister going into the wrong place and finding themselves in a very crude festival with ladies dressed in transparent clothes as well as men drinking; very evil and disturbing rituals happen, such as Druids sacrificing their own people for their false gods and performing sorcery; a few passionate kisses and hints at inappropriate actions; violence (battle, death, etc).
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