Sheba isn’t typical Inspy biblical fiction. It 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.