Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a pre-release copy of A.D. 30 for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
I love to read and I’m always looking for a great author. About a month ago, my friend recommended Ted Dekker. She raved about his books and I was excited to check them out. A few days later, I got the opportunity to review a pre-release copy of Dekker’s newest novel, A.D. 30. I was thrilled! This highly anticipated novel from the New York Times best selling author, follows Maviah, a brave young woman dealing with unthinkable situations. She is forced to face many dangers to save herself and her people.
In A.D. 30, you’ll step back into the year of our Lord, and dive head first into a war that is raging between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.
The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars.
From there, Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. It would be a journey filled with great danger. If they can even survive the vast trek across the desert, they will enter into a brutal world run by kings and emperors.
On the way, Maviah crosses paths unexpectedly with another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.
I love history so this novel was right up my alley. I liked how Dekker wove biblical truth into his work of fiction. It gave a great picture of what life would have been like 2,000 years ago. I not only thoroughly enjoyed the story but also learned a lot about that time period. It gave me an idea of what it was like for those that followed Jesus and His teachings and how those teachings spread and influenced the times and those in power. Dekker did a really nice job of developing the characters and I found myself quickly invested in them. I will say that certain parts of the book were emotionally hard to read. However, those parts also made me feel deeply for the characters. I felt heartbroken and inspired. I liked that the book was real in that Maviah showed real emotions and doubts. The book gave a clear picture of what society was like in her time and it definitely wasn’t great for women. Maviah is dealt many harsh blows in her young life and has to fight every step of the way just to survive. Her quest for revenge evolves into so much more and her experiences leave her forever changed. A.D. 30 is a well written, moving, intense, and inspiring novel that’s hard to put down.
A.D. 30 will be released on October 28th and can be pre-ordered at Family Christian Stores now. One very lucky reader will win a copy of A.D. 30!
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