In Nygaard's novel -- which is a retelling of the three wise men's journey to Bethlehem -- star readers journey to solve a mystery related to an ancient prophesy and the position of the stars. With tension that begins within the first few pages, lovely prose that matches the time period, and helpful footnotes, this novel features well developed characters, unique descriptions, and strong dialogue. Additionally, the book is well plotted and features an epic historical setting. Fans of historical fiction will find a lot to like here.
Date Submitted: September 27, 2016
This story had several of the elements that make a good book for me. It had mystery, history, the triumph of good over evil, and a great story of love that was patient and enduring. I particularly enjoyed learning some of the history of that region and the battles that ensued in that part of history. I found myself glued to the book until the end waiting to see the final outcome. As a person who reads 2-4 books a week, it is rare that I actually get one that give me a pause to really think through the implications and possible outcomes of the story. I highly recommend it.