The Moses Chronicles: Bondage

by Heather B. Moore

9781680475968

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Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.

Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.

When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses’s direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he’s been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave—he must find out who he really is.

A gripping account of the events that lead to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

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PublishedCovenant Communications, Inc. (May 1, 2015)
Pages256
Audiobook NarratorJason Tatum

About the Author

Heather B. Moore

HEATHER B. MOORE is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormon and the coauthor of Christ's Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

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Moses
By , Submitted on 2015-08-14

This first volume of the Moses Chronicles sets Moses when he is still living in the palace with his Mother. All he knows is what he grew up hearing, he had no father, the Pharaoh only tolerates him and his Mother because they are family, even that doesn't really matter. He is struggling to find his place, to make a difference to everyone, including the Hebrews. Against his Grandfather and Cousins rules (to keep the Hebrews in the slave category) Moses listens and comes to care for those his family looks down on.
Miriam knows who Moses really is and is finding it hard coping with the loss of her baby brother. After all these years she is still keeping a close an eye on Moses as she dares, or until she gets caught!
I liked the plot. Heather mentioned in the back of the book that she had planned to do three books, one with Miriam's point of view then the second with Moses', then third Aaron's. But I enjoyed getting to know each of them in this first book so I got a better understanding of each character in the same timeline. We also get the perspective of Moses' adoptive Mother Bithiah and her struggles within her own royal family.
Most all of us know the story of Moses, Miriam, and Aaron through the scriptures, but what happened to them before they even knew each other? Before Moses left to find what his purpose truly was? With these books it opens up those possibilities and gives us a better insight on what it would have been like to live as a slave and a royal.

" The Moses Chronicles Bondage "
By , Submitted on 2015-05-25

I really enjoy this book. I am looking forward to part 2 and hope it comes soon.

Looking forward to reading more!
By , Submitted on 2015-05-25

I enjoy reading historical fiction based on real people and events. Heather Moore does a fantastic job of writing novels like these, and she is, in fact, one of my favorite authors. Even though I know the story, I love how the characters come to life and I'm given a fresh perspective on what may have happened to influence the decisions they make.

Miriam is a bit impulsive and sometimes that leads to something good, like saving Moses' life as a baby, and sometimes it leads to trouble, which happens twice in this book. She starts out determined not to marry but her father puts pressure on her and finds someone for her. She's appalled with his choice and finds someone more suited for her. It's not too hard to figure out at the beginning that Caleb has deeper feelings for her than he has let on and she finally considers him as something other than a nuisance. I loved their relationship and rooted for them as they dealt with some difficult circumstances along the way.

Moses is a young man who lives the life of a royal. It's widely believed that Bithiah, the pharoah's daughter, is his mother but his father is unknown so he's not fully embraced as one of them. He doesn't seem content and really doesn't fit in. We get to know more about his character as he helps Caleb get out of a bad situation, how he treats the Hebrew slaves who fight alongside the Egyptians against the Libyans and with how horrified he is by the way the Hebrew slaves are treated. He makes a life-altering decision when he witnesses a Hebrew slave being beaten to death. Shortly after that, he learns the truth about who he is and leaves Egypt.

There are some other characters we get to know as well. Bithiah, one of the pharaoh's daughters and the woman who raises Moses as her own, Mered, the Hebrew scribe who Bithiah feels drawn to but their backgrounds make it impossible for them to ever be together, and Katu, the nomad who helps Miriam during a difficult time. Aaron, Moses and Miriam's brother, isn't a main character in this story but does make some appearances and I'm sure we'll get to know him better in future installments.

I thought this first book was fantastic and had a hard time putting it down. Heather Moore does extensive research on her novels and I enjoy learning more about what life was like during this time period. There's so much more story to be told and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series!


By , Submitted on 2015-05-21

It has been awhile since I've read one of H.B. Moore's scriptural based novels, and to be honest I was a little hesitant to read Moses. I guess I've had him in my mind in a certain way, and I didn't really want to mess with that. Especially if it wasn't handled . . . reverently, I guess. However, I'm really glad that I gave this book a shot. I was reminded about how well Moore brings scriptural characters to life. I've read other scriptural based novels that really didn't place prophets in a good light, but Moore doesn't do that. Her characters are still very human, but their human follies make them more relatable instead of making them seem evil.

There were a few things I questioned, but I actually like that about her books. It makes me have a desire to go right to the source to separate fact from fiction. Plus, this book seemed as much, or more, about Miriam and Moses's adoptive mother as it was about Moses. It was enjoyable to consider his family life and his relationships with those around him.

I didn't care for the cover, but the story was very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Great Biblical Fiction.
By , Submitted on 2015-05-21

I'm usually pretty wary when I come across Bible-based fictional stories just because you never know how the author is going to interpret the people involved. But I shouldn't have worried about that with Moore at the helm. She has written many other scriptural-based fictional stories so she has plenty of experience at filling in the missing parts. The story of Moses is a fascinating one as the man goes from a position of power and influence to living in hiding in the wilderness and then back to a position of power and influence but this time guided by God. The images that Moore creates in her story help make Moses and Miriam and Ramses and the others all the more real. Fictional stories like this can make it easier to see these people as real people with real fears and strengths and weaknesses. It was interesting to compare the two very different ways of life of Moses versus Miriam. I can honestly say that I'm glad I didn't live then. Once again, H.B. Moore has created an eminently readable biblical fiction story that draws the reader in and doesn't let go. I'm eager to read the next book in the series.


By , Submitted on 2015-05-20

This book sounded fascinating, and it was. I enjoyed reading about this time in history and particularly this story. However, even though I know it was accurate to the era, I didn't like all the innuendos. For some reason it put a beloved story into a different light for me. As long as I was able to kept my perspective on the historical fiction part of it, I enjoyed the read. It is a fascinating story that most people will love.

Incredible rendition of the story of Moses and his sister Miriam
By , Submitted on 2015-05-20

In this rendition of the Moses story found in the Bible, Heather has brought the early era of Moses to life in a story that you won't want to miss. The story focuses on his sister Miriam and the watchful eye she has kept on the baby brother she sent down the river eighteen years before. We see how the Hebrew slaves lived and what a miracle it was that Moses grew up right under the pharaoh's nose.

Heather's knowledge of Biblical times enlightens the reader by showing how the setting in which Moses lived was such a dichotomy to his Hebrew heritage. Reading this made me think so much deeper about the story of Moses found in Exodus. For Moses to eventually turn his back on a life of royal luxury shows his depth of character and I can't wait to read more in the second volume of the Moses Chronicles next year.

I highly recommend this book because it is an engaging story with suspense, romance, and truth from its biblical roots conveyed in a way that made me feel a connection to a story that is thousands of years old.

Fabulous telling of the story of young Moses and his Hebrew sister Miriam
By , Submitted on 2015-05-20

Amazing, epic, seriously can't wait for the next book in the series! I'm not often in the mood for Biblical fiction but I'm so, so glad I chose to read this one! Heather B. Moore never disappoints. This is the story of Miriam, Moses' sister, and her life as a Hebrew slave, daughter, and sister. She is headstrong but fiercely loyal, and attracts the interest of Caleb, who wants to protect her but doesn't understand why she continues to put herself in danger by watching the Egyptian royals (Moses and his friends). The story is also told from the perspective of Moses and his Egyptian mother which offers fascinating insights into his life in the Egyptian court, his compassion for the Hebrews, and the strength of the princess who raised him. The characters and setting are so well-written that I could easily envision the story in my mind and I couldn't put it down (words like intense and gripping apply here). There is action, drama, intrigue, romance, and while the ending of the book nicely wraps up Miriam's adventures, it's only just beginning for Moses...

(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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