Lynn Austin's "Keepers of the Covenant" is book 2 of the Restoration Chronicles. The two books do not need to be read in order, though they are written in a chronological order. In this novel Austin follows the Queen Esther story, only without the Esther part playing too much of an aspect in the story. The book follows what were the rest of the Jews doing? In case you are unfamiliar with the story: The king's right hand man had convinced him to kill all of the Jews in the kingdom.
I liked this book better than the first. No real reason that I can explain, but it just interested me more. Austin seemed a little more comfortable in her writing on this subject. She writes on several different characters. There are the three brothers and their families; then she also includes the sword maker and his family. To complete the story she also includes the Jews' enemies point of view and their families. Ironically, I had just finished a novel about Jews in Nazi Austria in Concentration camps. The similarities were startling. Since both were fictional tellings, I am not sure how much was true and how much was tradition. But it just goes to show how easy greed is to use as leverage. Good story. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.