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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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An enemy army is set to attack True’s city, but because she harbors two of the enemy’s spies, there may be a way for True to save herself and her family when destruction comes in True: A Contemporary Retelling of Rahab by author S.E. Clancy.
Indeed, I think it’s best to be familiar with the biblical story of the prostitute Rahab and the city of Jericho when you read this novella. I skipped the book blurb beforehand but was pulled right in by the cover, stunning in its clear and simple understatement of emotion. A calm, a peace, before a coming storm.
The heroine herself is an effectively understated one in this story of dreams, pain, family, and war. It’s real and raw without being showy about it, and it has moments of atmospheric beauty and characters who are imperfect and natural.
Now, I would have liked to see more to the explanation about the enemy army. They’ve been going around doing a lot of killing, apparently with the sanction of their God, and now they’re about to kill off the people in True’s city. Is that just how it is, and it’s okay? Why or why not? The “why” would be a crucial something to wrestle with in a contemporary war story.
No, this isn’t a fairy tale with a carefree wrap-up. The ending leaves plenty to the imagination while still giving enough of a conclusion to satisfy. A novella that’s worth the read.