Philistine siblings Eliora and Natan follow the golden box stolen from the Hebrews, leaving behind their past. Eight years later there is dissention among the clans about the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, musician Ronen is sent ahead to discover its location for his clan.
Overcoming betrayal and heartache, Eliora and Ronen must fight for truth.
Set in the years that the Ark came to rest in Kiryat-Yearim, the author vividly brings to life the culture and landscape of those years. Eliora is drawn to the Ark when it is taken by her people, she sees firsthand the power that it represents. I admired her deep love for her brother and adoptive family, she has a heart for service, but it is also more than that. Eliora is a strong relatable heroine, she carries a heavy burden.
A well written book that brings to life the years of judges, imagining what life might have been for Israelites during those years before they had a king. I loved how Ronen is a musician, and how he and Eliora find a listening ear and a understanding heart in each other. This is a gripping read, that I was loathe to put down. I loved the characters and how it sets up the next book fantastically. I loved the strong themes of grace, adoption and redemption that ran throughout. A richly woven story, with great character development and beautiful descriptions that bring the setting to life. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.