Game of Queens

Game of Queens

A Novel of Vashti and Esther

Book - 2015
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You may know part of the story already, but you only know what history has passed along. The story of how Vashti, Queen of Queens, the most beautiful woman in all the empire, defied the king her husband and so lost her crown. And you may know how he set the queen's crown upon the head of the virtuous and beautiful Esther, and how Queen Esther herself defied both king and law to save her people from a treacherous fate. What India Edghill brings us is the story of power and treachery, blood and deception, bravery and romance that surrounds the court of Ahasuerus and brings to life two of the most celebrated female heroines in all of history.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780312338930
Characteristics: xii, 386 pages ;,25 cm.


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Sep 15, 2015

The Cinderella like saga of Queen Esther is one of the most famous stories in the world; it's often reenacted during the Jewish festival of Purim. While many people remember Queen Esther's heroism, what happened to the one she replaced, Queen Vashti? India Edgehill sets out to answer these questions in her latest novel "Game of Queens" (relating to you know what).

The first chapter is mostly conversation about Dream Master Daniel and his life. ("Remember that time the KIng threw you into the lion pit, Daniel?") While it was interesting, readers might prefer showing to telling, and when the mysterious handwriting appears on the wall, non-religious people might be baffled when Daniel doesn't say what writing was or what it means, or how he escaped execution when he did tell the King what it meant.

The novel really gets going when it comes to the two heroines. Esther is a natural born horse tamer who's forced to give up her freedom when her father dies, and Vashti is a cosseted princess known for the beauty of her white hair. (No, I'm not talking about Khaleesi here). The famous story takes place, but takes some fun twists, as Vashti and Esther set aside their beginning rivalry to end up as allies against Haman and his plot to murder the Jewish population.

Esther does come close to being a Mary Sue, but Vashti makes up for it. Haman is hissingly horrible, the King is surprisingly sympathetic, an unexpected villain is unmasked, and true love wins out over all. It's a fun read for fans of "The Red Tent" and Bblical fiction.

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