Daughters of Jared
Naiva, daughter of the dethroned King Jared II, lives in the shadow of her privileged elder sister, Asherah. But when Asherah develops a secret plot to return their father to the throne, Naiva’s resentment turns to fear. Thwarting the scheme becomes more complicated when Naiva discovers that Akish, the first man who has shown interest in her, is an integral part of the plan.
Asherah traps Akish in a ploy to make him marry her, breaking Naiva’s heart and leaving her feeling more alone than ever. Somehow Naiva must find the strength to stand against the encroaching evil in the kingdom and a sister who will stop at nothing to become queen. When Akish’s wickedness escalates and threatens to destroy the bonds of sisterhood, Naiva must decide between protecting her sister and honoring her new belief in the true God—a forbidden belief that could cost her life.
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By Nashelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Daughters of Jared is a thrilling tale of a young woman caught in a web of evil spun by her sister. The story follows the journey of these two sisters - both searching for something different. One for glory and power, the other for peace and faith.
Naiva, the younger sister, adores her elder sister Asherah. But when Asherah's plots to gain their father their throne lead her down a path to attempted murder, Naiva soon realizes that she needs to protect herself from her sister's wiles - as well as those of her new brother-in-law Akish. When Naiva does not give in to Akish's demands, she is sent away. In her desperation, she meets a servant boy who introduces her to God. Not one of the many gods of her childhood and culture, but the one true God. The plot thickens when Akish learns of Naiva's budding beliefs and has her banished for treason and conspiracy.
This story is beautifully written and the reader gets a marvelous sense of the struggles of a blossoming faith in circumstances where such things were not tolerated. Several of the characters bring about much wickedness throughout the course of the story, but there are many who quietly go about doing the work of the Lord - showing that with faith and prayer and trust in God, miracles are possible.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Heather Moore has an exceptional talent for writing an interesting story that makes me want to pull out my scriptures and re-read the real thing. I really appreciate any historical fiction that makes me want to go to the history books (scriptural or otherwise) for more information.
This was shorter than her other novels, but the length was good. I liked the characters, even though Naiva's selflessness after what she'd been through was hard to imagine.
Levi's love seemed to come out of no where (the characters hardly knew each other), but their interaction over time and their commitment was sweet (especially the dialogue at the end of Chapter 34).
This was an enjoyable, fast read that made me want to work on being less selfish.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
By G.G. , Submitted on 2015-02-25
Review by G.G. Vandagriff
H.B. Moore’s latest fiction draws from The Book of Ether, Chapters Eight and Nine, in the Book of Mormon. She takes the bare bones of the story of the wicked, avaricious Akish, the dethroned Jared (the second) and his ambitious daughter whom she names Asherah. The richly layered story is told from the point of view of Naiva, the fictional sister of Asherah. This sympathetic character watches as her weak father is destroyed by the oaths and secret combinations that Asherah has uncovered and imparted unto her husband Akish. Using her wisdom of human nature, Moore spins Naiva’s tale beyond the scriptural account, taking thoughts and actions of her characters to what seem to be inevitable conclusions.
Moore’s writing skill has developed in artistry and intensity with this book. The following paragraphs are offered as an example:
“Akish and my father spent many hours together, working by torchlight well into the night. As each night crept by, the sense of dread increased. As each morning dawned, I felt as if I couldn’t quite catch my breath. I was always listening, always waiting and wondering when the news of the foul deed would be delivered.
“I thought of my grandfather more than I had ever previously done. Each moment I lived, I wondered if it would be the last moment he lived.”
The tale of treachery is balanced by the tale of Naiva’s conversion from an idol worshiper to a disciple of the true God, as followed by her grandfather. This is a rich story, replete with a sweet romance. In contrast to Naiva’s goodness, is the foul trajectory set by one selfish woman who uses her charms for evil, letting her ambitions lead her into the foulest of crimes.
The Daughters of Jared reveals Moore’s writing at a new height of power. Highly recommended.