Star of Deliverance by Mandy Madson Voisin
Published: September 1st 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media, 320 pages
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Description: Born a slave and outcast, the young healer Emi discovers an ancient disease spreading among her people. Desperate, she races to the Capital for a cure and unwittingly finds herself in a competition to win over the Crown Prince’s heart. Staying in the game provides time to search for a cure, but it may cost Emi her life—or her heart.
My Review: I wasn't expecting this book to be related or based upon scripture, yet it was. Right from the beginning, Esther is quoted, yet this was not a religious book at all. Loosely based on the story of Esther, this story has a life all of its own. Another thing that took me by surprise was the point of view--first person. I wasn't expecting it and it really drew me into the story and made it more personable.
I'm a big fan of royalty stories. I've always been fascinated with princesses and princes. I thought it was interesting how Emi ended up at the palace. She is a healer, or being trained as one, by her adopted father Cen. There is an illness tormenting her people and she is determined to find a way to get a cure and stop it. She joins a group of girls going to the palace and is surprised to find herself as a candidate to be the future queen. I really enjoyed the story.
I loved the friendships made and the descriptions of the palace life. I loved the brave, strong character that Emi was. I don't know if I could do some of the things she did, including searching for a cure and ending up in the midst of enemies. She had so much courage!
About the Author:
Mandy Voisin is a wife, marketer, and author. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. Her parents told her she’d never make a living with an English degree, so she’s dedicated the rest of her life to proving them wrong. She loves poetry and babies and her sisters. Mandy currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz., with her husband Kevin who is a sleep deprived medical student with a heart of gold and the world’s best smile. Together they chip away at their dreams.