Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba
by Marc Graham
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Blank Slate Press
Paperback; 400 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Lift the veil of legend for the untold story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Bathsheba, wife and mother of Israel’s first kings.
When Makeda, the slave-born daughter of the chieftain of Saba, comes of age, she wins her freedom and inherits her father’s titles along with a crumbling earthwork dam that threatens her people’s survival. When she learns of a great stone temple being built in a land far to the north, Makeda leads a caravan to the capital of Yisrael to learn how to build a permanent dam and secure her people’s prosperity.
On her arrival, Makeda discovers that her half-sister Bilkis (also known as Bathsheba) who was thought to have died in a long-ago flash flood, not only survived, but has become Queen of Yisrael. Not content with her own wealth, Bilkis intends to claim the riches of Saba for herself by forcing Makeda to marry her son. But Bilkis’s designs are threatened by the growing attraction between Makeda and Yetzer abi-Huram, master builder of Urusalim’s famed temple. Will Bilkis’s plan succeed or will Makeda and Yetzer outsmart her and find happiness far from her plots and intrigue?
My Review: Okay, Book Peeps. I am going to describe a scenario that I know you all are Â familiar with. You get through the first chapter of your brand new book, and one of two thoughts pops into your head:
“Man, this is going to be good” or “No. Just no.” (Right?! Fist bump, Y’all.)
But something a bit different happened to me as I made my way through Song of Songs. First of all, I knew that I was going to love every stinkin’ page of this novel. But the thought that kept plaguing me throughout the story was, “Dang, everyone needs to know about this guy!” (‘This guy’ being Marc Graham, the genius author behind this book.) I am not. even. exaggerating. I don’t care what genre you prefer in a novel. You need this book.
As a Christian, I grew up knowing full-well who Queen Sheba was. (Check out 1 Kings 10.) (Also, I fully believe that she existed. Call me naive.) Being that we know more about Ruth, or Queen Esther or Hagar or just about any other female in the Bible than we do Queen Sheba, I was SO excited to dig into this novel and get the author’s take on things. And let me tell you, he did a fantastic, friggin’ job.
Marc Graham tells the story from three different perspectives; Mekeda, Bilkis and Yetzer. (Don’t worry, you find out quickly who they are.) The plot flows seamlessly from one perspective to the other, weaving the reader directly into the middle of the happenings. And? Giving us, the reader, the amazing opportunity to fall head-over-flipping-heels for these characters. I kid you not. Yes, the story has stayed with me day after day, after I finished this incredible book. But the characters? Permanent residence. I will never forget them.
Get Song of Songs. Then tell everyone breathing about Marc Graham. Please, and thank you.
About the Author
Marc Graham studied mechanical engineering at Rice University in Texas, but has been writing since his first attempt at science fiction penned when he was ten. From there, he graduated to knock-off political thrillers, all safely locked away to protect the public, before settling on historical fiction. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, was published in March 2017.
He has won numerous writing contests including, the National Writers Assocation Manuscript Contest (Of Ashes and Dust), the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest – Historical (Of Ashes and Dust, Song of Songs), and the Colorado Gold Writing Contest – Mainstream (Prince of the West, coming from Blank Slate Press in Fall 2019).
He lives in Colorado on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, and in addition to writing, he is an actor, narrator, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whisky afficianado (Macallan 18, one ice cube). When not on stage or studio, in a pub, or bound to his computer, he can be found hiking with his wife and their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, April 16
Review & Interview at Passages to the Past
Saturday, April 20
Excerpt at Spellbound by History
Monday, April 22
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Tuesday, April 23
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Wednesday, April 24
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Friday, April 26
Review at Red Headed Book Lady
Tuesday, April 30
Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All
Wednesday, May 1
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Friday, May 3
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews
Monday, May 6
Review at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, May 7
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, May 9
Excerpt at Kimber Li
Friday, May 10
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective
Monday, May 13
Review at Curling up by the Fire
Tuesday, May 14
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Wednesday, May 15
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog
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