Biblical Fiction Roundup Day 2: Tosca Lee

As one of Ted Dekker’s* co-writers, Tosca Lee is already set up as a big name. With her most recent title, The Legend of Sheba, she sets herself up to gain even more ground.

Sheba isn’t typical Inspy biblical fiction. ShebaREV-700x1057It reads more like a secular novel. It doesn’t sugarcoat Solomon’s shortcomings and it’s not really a love story. It is a story about Sheba and her fight to win and keep her throne and to safeguard her small country from her greedy and powerful neighbors. Sheba is a fascinating character, and Lee’s depiction of her world and struggle to keep her throne and find the love she craves has a depth that is indicative of just how good of a writer Tosca Lee truly is.

I do have to be honest and say that The Legend of Sheba isn’t my favorite Tosca Lee novel. That honor goes to Havah, Lee’s novel about Eve. I’m also planning to read her take on Judas Isacariot. That title, Iscariot, came out last year and was the 2014 EPCA Fiction Book of the Year**.  It was also on Library Journal’s Best Books of 2013 list. If anyone can redeem Judas Iscariot, it will be Tosca Lee.

* Ted Dekker is also writing Biblical fiction, but more about that later this week.

**EPCA = Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association.

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3 Responses to Biblical Fiction Roundup Day 2: Tosca Lee

  1. Thanks for the recommendations. I’m a big fan of Tosca Lee and will check out some of the other books on your lists! I wonder if you would be interested in adding my debut Biblical fiction, BLOOD OF A STONE (Tuscany Press), to your reading list. Released in March 2015, BLOOD OF A STONE received a 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award (Bronze) in the national category of religious fiction. The back jacket copy:
    Set in the first century on the edges of the Roman Empire and the Jesus movement, Blood of a Stone is a sweeping story of murder, betrayal, love, and the search for redemption.
    Faced with the brutality of slavery, Demetrios confronts his master and flees by the blood of a stone. Determined to escape his past, he struggles to create a new life and a new identity with his friend and fellow escaped slave, Elazar.
    However, freedom has its price. Secrets cannot remain secret forever. A chance for love is lost. Elazar betrays Demetrios to a so-called prophet named Jesus of Nazareth. Fearing the Roman authorities and Jesus, Demetrios risks everything to silence those who would enslave him again. His quest leads him to startling discoveries and dire choices. Demetrios must answer the question we all ask: Can we ever be free of our past?

    BLOOD OF A STONE is available on NetGalley for reviewers:
    I’m also available for interviews and guest blog posts. Thank you again. I’m enjoying reading your blog.
    Best Regards,
    Jeanne Lyet Gassman


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