The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen

Startling.  Fascinating.  Gripping.  History come to life.

When Tosca Lee posted on her Facebook page that she was looking for reviewers for her latest novel, I wrote her instantly.  (After hyperventilating and almost falling out of my chair in excitement, of course.)

Crazy dances, screaming, and running around my house ensued when I received an email that, yes, I would be sent an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.  My boys joined me, leaping around the house like we were in a musical, but I’m quite certain they had no idea what we were celebrating.

I devoured the book in three days, never wanting it to end.  Wishing for time to stand still so I might read it from cover to cover without interruptions.

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions.  2 Chronicles 9:1

Has there been a more mystifying or enigmatic queen briefly mentioned in the Bible than the queen of Sheba?

She traveled hundred of miles, over vast deserts, to question the wisest and wealthiest king of all of Israel, and Scripture only dedicates a few verses to her.

For someone who has been fascinated by every account of mighty women in Scripture, this drives me crazy!

Shouldn’t there be more verses dedicated to her?  Shouldn’t there be annuls of history full of her–full of accounts of Solomon?

I have come to appreciate genealogies thanks to my recent research of Noah’s lineage; however, I have always wished more of the Bible was dedicated to riveting stories and less to genealogies, laws, Tabernacle details.  I have especially wanted more of this story.

Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.  However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me.  You exceed the fame of which I heard.”  2 Chronicles 9:5-6

Tosca Lee’s latest novel, The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen, satisfies my insatiable curiosity about the Ethiopian queen.  Following her ascension to Saba’s–or Sheba’s–throne, Queen Bilquis receives tantalizing reports of King Solomon, whose wealth and thirst for knowledge rivals her own.

They begin an unlikely correspondence, leading to her infamous visit to the Israelite king’s palace, to see if he is who he says he is–to see if the reports of him are true.  And to save her kingdom from ruin.

Tosca weaves a magical story, full of intrigue, brimming with heartbreak and romance.

Her historical research blows me away!  It is exhaustive, succinct, book-spine gripping.  (Believe me, it’s a good thing Kindles don’t break easily!)  And it does not bog down the story in the slightest.

Every time I had to put the book down was sheer agony.  Processing the story throughout the day was delicious, and I hurried the kids off to bed each night just so I could read more.

Come now, you might say, there must have been something you didn’t like about the book.  Well, there was.  That it ended.

Please–just–please make this breathtaking piece of mastery into a movie.  I’ll buy it.  On pre-order.  Just like this book should be on pre-order in every lover of history’s home.  On every avid reader’s list.  In the hands of every book lover.  And read by anyone even slightly curious about the queen of Sheba.

Tosca Lee’s Legend of Sheba, releases September 9th, 2014.

It. Is. Lovely.

In Him,


Scripture taken from the New King James Version.  Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen

The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen

Genre: Historical Fiction
The queen who captured the heart of the wisest of kings. The queen who fell in love with Solomon and his God. I was hungry for every page, then devastated when it was over. Exquisite storytelling at it's finest!
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Her name is legend. Her story, the epic of nations. The Queen of Sheba. A powerful new novel of love, power, and the questions at the heart of existence by the author of the award-winning “brilliant” (Library Journal) and “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) Iscariot.

There is the story you know: A foreign queen, journeying north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king favored by the One God. The tale of a queen conquered by a king and god both before returning to her own land laden with gifts.

That is the tale you were meant to believe.

Which means most of it is a lie.

The truth is far more than even the storytellers could conjure. The riches more priceless. The secrets more corrosive. The love and betrayal more passionate and devastating.

Across the Red Sea, the pillars of the great oval temple once bore my name: Bilqis, Daughter of the Moon. Here, to the west, the porticoes knew another: Makeda, Woman of Fire. To the Israelites, I was queen of the spice lands, which they called Sheba.

In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father’s throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world—or of Sheba’s queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king. But neither ruler has anticipated the clash of agendas, gods, and passion that threatens to ignite—and ruin—them both. An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.

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2 Thoughts on “The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen

  1. I will definitely buy a copy, Michele. Would you recommend Amazon?

    • Yes, I would recommend Amazon, Joyce. In fact, you can follow the link below (or on my book page) to purchase either a hardcopy or a Kindle edition. Thanks! :)

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