Bondage by H.B. Moore

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ebooks For Review for an honest review.

Four Silver Stars

BondageBondage by H.B. Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

When it comes to any story that’s been told and retold again and again, especially one as ancient and legendary as the story of Moses, I hope to find something about the story that will make it stand out from other retellings I’ve encountered.

Bondage, Volume One of The Moses Chronicles by author H.B. Moore, makes its case for standing out with all that it tells about Miriam, Moses’s sister, and Bithiah, Moses’s adoptive Egyptian mother and Pharaoh’s daughter. Granted, I’ve read good novels about both women (Miriam by Lois T. Henderson and The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews), but the balance of their two storylines in this novel along with that of Moses still gives Moore’s version some unique angles. It’s helpful knowing beforehand that the Chronicles are broken up into separate volumes, as hearing that a book is about Moses and the Hebrews in Egypt might immediately make one think of burning bushes, plagues, “Let my people go!” and all that, which isn’t what this novel is about.

Instead, here are engaging, interwoven tales about a Hebrew woman in slavery, an Egyptian woman who feels like an altogether different kind of slave, and a young man who believes he’s Egyptian, navigating his place among the empire’s royalty, even as that place is becoming less and less of a comfortable fit for him. The novel incorporates romance, intrigue, faith, and a violent battle against a threat to the empire.

There are some places in the book where the narrative basically spells things out for the reader when it could’ve left “unspoken” space for perception and nuance. An important moment of danger has a setup that feels artificial, as it seems that the characters, already aware of their precarious situation, take a needless risk they would’ve known better than to take. Also, a portion of the novel lagged for me, adding some events into Miriam’s storyline that indeed felt like “added events” instead of vital or driving components of the plot.

Still, Bondage is a compelling opening to a series I’d very much like to continue. Now, the wait for the release of Volume Two…

 

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