Friday, August 11, 2023

Voice of the Ancient by Connilyn Cossette: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

As the eldest son of a Levite and a Philistine, Avidan is torn between his duty to his family legacy and the desire for something more. After an enemy attack strikes close to home, he takes the opportunity to fight with his cousins for the newly crowned King Saul. But when one of the cousins goes missing during the battle, Avidan refuses to leave him behind.

Keziah is the daughter of one of the most powerful clan chiefs in the territory of Manasseh. On the brink of a forced marriage to a loathsome man decades older than her, she has no choice but to run, hoping to find sanctuary with her mother's family.

United during their journeys and battling to survive the dangers that surround them, Avidan and Keziah make a pact to travel together. As challenges pile up, they must not only rely on each other to stay alive but also learn to trust the true and eternal King of Israel to guide their every step.

Connilyn Cossette ( a Christy Award and Carol Award-winning author whose books have been found on ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. When she is not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible to discover gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in their twenty-plus years of marriage, they currently call a little town south of Dallas, Texas, their home.

Voice of the Ancient is the first book in the new series, The King's Men. 

This one is a little bit of a departure from my typical reads. Biblical fiction isn't a favorite genre of mine, though I'll enjoy it every once in a while, just to mix things up a little bit. While it's not what I would normally choose... this was a beautifully written story. It was engaging and entertaining. It certainly did take me some time to get into, but again I think this is just because it's different for me... and honestly that can be true for any historical read as of late. 

Readers who enjoy Biblical fiction are sure to want to check this one out! 


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