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Reviewed by Dan M. Kalin for Readers' Favorite
Fiona Tarr dons the garment of the biblical story of King David and runs with it. Seed of Hope incorporates different characters needed to tell the story as written rather than sticking to the tried-and-true format of the Bible; fair warning. The story revolves around Martinez (King David's general) and Francesca (a priestess of the Temple). King David summons his general back from early retirement to assist in the search for the lost Ark of the Covenant. Years earlier it had been captured in battle by the Philistines. David loses his first child with Bathsheba and is convinced the Ark is necessary to set things right with God. Nathanial, the prophet, wants the Ark as a centerpiece to the glorious temple he plans to build. Opposing David's forces are those headed by Jezebel, an exiled Egyptian sorceress, and her resurrected father, Jambres. Can the forces of David prevail against the evil ones and their slaves?
Seed of Hope can best be enjoyed as a standalone story within the milieu of King David's time. Fiona Tarr signals such by naming key characters in anachronistic ways; Nina, Brent, Katzu, Narayana, Jessica, Francesca, and Martinez. Magic and sorcery play a large role in the final resolution of the plot. If 1000 BCE Israel could have supported modern theories of social justice, it might have gone down like this! I enjoyed reading this story and believe there is potential for a good series within the world the author has created.