Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all. Read more...
Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.
To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she's only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she's ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-01-11
- Reviewer: Staff
What might the people following Moses out of Egypt have thought and felt during those epochal events? In this novel from Cossette, the young Egyptian slave woman Kiya finds herself unexpectedly caught up in the terrifying plagues and awe-inspiring miracles. While serving a vengeful, wealthy woman, Kiya meets and befriends Shira, a Hebrew slave. When the plagues strike, Kiya and her family take refuge with Shira’s family, then flee with the Hebrew people into the desert. Despite her growing love for Eben, Shira’s charismatic older brother, Kiya must decide whether she can trust this powerful Yahweh, submit her life to his ways, and become one of those promised to the patriarch Abraham. Telling the story from the perspective of a Gentile who traveled alongside the escaping Hebrews, Cossette flips the script on the usual telling of the biblical tale in this promising debut work. Readers will smell the fear on Passover night, feel the wonder of the Red Sea crossing, and sympathize with the starving and thirsting of those escaping in the wilderness. The smart attention to detail and strongly developed characters also bode well for future installments of this Out of Egypt series. (Apr.)