Item description for Dark Hour (Serpent Moon Trilogy) by Ginger Garrett...
Overview One of the darkest and bloodiest stories of all time comes not from a medieval battlefield but from inside one of the most opulent palaces ever built. The strategies come not from men eager to extend their influence, but from women bent on exercising their wit and prowess in a kingdom not their own. Treason and murder are fair game. Marriage is manipulation, a means to an end. Children are the enemy. And the days of the House of David are numbered-unless one woman can find the strength to conquer them all.
A long time ago, women bent on exercising their wit and prowess in a kingdom not their own made treason and murder fair game. Marriage became manipulation, a means to an end. Children were the enemy. And the days of the House of David were numbered--unless one woman could find the strength to conquer them all.
Community Description Vows are broken, confidences betrayed, hundreds massacred as the heir to the underworld vies for the holiest of thrones. If the line of David is to survive, a champion, one of hope and love must arise from within the palace walls. Join Ginger Garrett in Dark Hour, the first episode in the Serpent Moon Trilogy, as she tells an expertly woven tale of stunning betrayal, bloodthirsty revenge, and a fiery passion all setting the stage for an epic story of mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
Series Serpent Noon Trilogy
Series Number 1
ISBN 1576838692 ISBN13 9781576838693
Availability 0 units.
More About Ginger Garrett
Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books that explore the lives of historical women including Wolves Among Us, Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, and the Chronicles of the Scribe series. A popular radio and television guest, Ginger resides in Georgia with her husband and three children."
Reviews - What do customers think about Dark Hour (Serpent Moon Trilogy)?
A bit "strange", but overall very good Dec 8, 2008
Although Ginger Garrett's style does venture into the "strange" at times in this book (as it does in "Shadow of Lions") overall I rate this as a very good book. Very dramatic and imaginative, never loses your interest. Unfortunate that the second two books in the trilogy were never published, as I would have liked to read them.
Our Book Club loved it! Mar 28, 2007
Dark Hour, author Ginger Garrett's fictional representation of tragedy and terror in Israel's divided kingdom, was the topic of discussion at our church book club last night. It ranked very high among our readers and readily kept us turning pages as we rapidly raced toward its conclusion. Staying terrifyingly true to the biblical account of Queen Athaliah, this novel highlights the bloody rise to power of one of the cruelest queens ever to rule over the southern kingdom of Judah in Old Testament times. Surpassed in cruelty only by her mother, Jezebel, this story exposes life as it was for many of God's people in those darker days. The book creates a vivid image of old testament times, and reminded this writer of how blessed we are to live in an era that knows and can appreciate the glory of serving our risen Savior, Jesus. If you like studying the Old Testament, you'll love Dark Hour.
Despite the occassional vague spots in the plot where the reader can't really be sure what is going on, we felt the story of Athaliah and Jehoshebeth did a great job of showing how truly influential females were in ancient male-dominated times. Either for good or for evil, the women who preceded us found amazing ways to infiltrate the seats of power, staking their claims to fame in palace courts, temple yards and everywhere in between.
We can't wait for Dark Hour's sequel to be released. Bring it on Ginger, we're ready!
A truly great book Jan 7, 2007
Good books linger in your memory. Great books change the way you think. Garrett's portrayal of the power of individual choice and the impact of those choices on the broader culture is evocatively drawn. Consider that a book written about an ancient era impacted the way I viewed modern life, and you'll understand why I believe Dark Hour to be a truly great book. You'll reflect upon the implications of this tale long after you've turned the last page.
Great Biblical fiction! Jan 6, 2007
Highlighting one of the bloodier stories in Biblical history, Dark Hour brings II Chronicles chapters 21-23 to life on the pages of this intense novel. A page-turner, Dark Hour is not typical Biblical fiction. Like much of the Old Testament, it doesn't gloss over a thing. Before Christ, and following the downfall of David's kingdom, the world was not a good place. Murder, intrigue, false religion, struggle for power, and unimaginable abuse are woven between the pages of Dark Hour, though not in such gory detail that I wouldn't let my child read it. I literally felt sucked into that era with all of its' struggles, passions, and culture.
I felt the heroine Jehoshebeth's confusion and fear as she dealt with Athaliah, the daughter of Jezebel, who was her alleged mother. When Athaliah slaughtered the royal children in Judah and Israel to make herself queen, she proved that like her mother, her evil had no limits. As a reader I entered the temple courts where sacrifices were offered, prophets were killed for their messages from the Lord, and being a follower of the God of Israel was not looked upon with favor unless you lived with the priests. Miraculously, an heir to the throne of David was preserved despite the enemy's attempt to snuff out the lineage of Christ.
This wonderfully-written novel made me want to read through Chronicles again. This is the perfect novel for readers seeking an escape to a world without hope, yet where the triumph of God is clearly seen in the midst of the dark trials suffered by the characters. Dark Hour is published by NavPress and is being released this month.
Wow! Dec 16, 2006
This is the story of Jezebel's daughter, Athaliah, a Baal worshiper who was given in marriage to Jehoram, a descendant of David. It really shows you that the Bible is still the best story ever written. It's got a little bit of everything - love, marriage, betrayal, intrigue, murder, amazing miracles, wars, faith, prophecy - I mean, it's simply amazing to get all of that in one book. The genre of biblical fiction (fiction based on bible stories) takes advantage of the wealth of material that God already provided.
I simply loved, loved, loved this book. From page one I was completely drawn in and couldn't put it down. The characters were so alive and the world so vividly painted. I was being taught and entertained at the same time.
This was a bloody, horrible time in the history of God's children; the Jews. A dark page in their history as many turn away from Yahweh. Dark Hour is compellingly written and most exciting to me - the first in a trilogy! Ginger Garrett has done a fantastic job staying true to history while creating a fantastic story.