Book Review: King’s Shadow

King’s Shadow

By: Angela Hunt

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 6, 2019)
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Two women occupy a place in Herod’s court. The first, Salome, is the king’s only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve. 

The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion. 

Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless–both women struggle to reach their goals and survive in Herod the Great’s tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.

My Thoughts:

King’s Shadow is an in-depth look at Herod the Great’s household in the years before the birth of Christ. I loved the historical aspects, especially how it ties into the birth of our Lord at the end of the book. I felt that this book was, as much as possible, historically and biblical accurate. I appreciated the author’s care in protecting the Biblical account, while spinning an intriguing and fascinating tale.

Though King’s Shadow can easily be read as a stand-alone, A reader will get more from the book, if the series is read in chronological order (not by publishing date.) I was slightly overwhelmed at the beginning not having read the others, but I caught on quickly.  

What I didn’t like about this book was the frequent sexual references, including several forms (and discussions) of sexual perversion. I have always trusted the cleanness of any book from Bethany House Publishers, and I felt this one let me down in this regard.

The characters of King’s Shadow reminded me of the Scripture that says, “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” The members of Herod’s court claimed to worship the one true God and yet, they lived a life so contrary to His commandments. It’s important to keep in mind that this book is about a pagan, heathen king and the characters act like pagan, heathen people. The book focuses more on Salome, Herod’s sister, than it does on Zara the handmaid.

I strongly recommend that this book be read by only a mature audience. I don’t recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18. I also recommend this book for those who enjoy seeing how history intertwines and complements Scripture.

About the Author:

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 180 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her youth-pastor husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards–one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.

When she’s not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

Readers may visit her web site at

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