I want to start this review by saying that I read book 1 in this series and I retained more information from it then I ever did from school or catechism. I in fact did not remember much of the old-testament at all and really enjoyed how the author brought it to life. This book is no exception. This book begins with Moses coming back from exile and just before the exodus. Who does not know about the exodus? This is a huge part of the old-testament when God was faced with many challenges and murmurers.
I thought that the author did a great job of bringing this time period to life and in such an enjoyable way. There is something to be said for Miriam, after all she is Moses' sister, and Moses is the only person to have ever talked to God face to face. The impact of this woman and how she interacted with her brothers, Aaron is pretty important too, their followers and how she lived her life true to her faith is amazing to think about. Not to mention that she was a prophetess. The author obviously knows her stuff!
The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.
At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.