The Untold Story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s Daughter.
For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world.
Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an indulgent palace life. But when her husband dies and a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own newfound freedom is threatened.
As the queen plans to wed Tia to yet another prince, the powerful mage Shadir plots to expose the family’s secret and set his own man on the throne. Tia enlists the help of a reluctant Jewish captive, her late husband’s brother Pedaiah, who challenges her notions of the gods even as he opens her heart to both truth and love.
In a time when few gave their hearts to Yahweh, one woman must decide if she is willing to risk everything—her possessions, her gods, and her very life—for the Israelite’s one God. Madness, sorcery and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist’s deadly potion, and Tia must dare to risk all – to save the kingdom, and to save herself.
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Garden of Madness is an intriguing fictional account of the daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar. In the book of Daniel, there is a period of seven years with little information except for the fact that King Nebuchadnezzer suffered from madness and lived like a wild animal.
King Nebuchadnezzer's family and his advisers were somehow able to keep his illness a secret and his throne intact, and the descriptions of the king living in the hanging gardens was fascinating and believable. The research done for this novel was accurate and thorough, and it has totally inspired me to find out more about this time in history.
I loved the story of Tiamat's life, especially her devotion to her father when everyone else seemed to turn their back on him. Tiamat didn't follow the normal expected role of a princess and heir, and found herself in some rather controversial situations. Overall, this is a very enjoyable book that captured my attention from the beginning.
Tracy Higley has written several historical fiction novels that I have enjoyed immensely. Garden of Madness is another winner, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Disclosure: Ebook received courtesy of Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.