Paperback: 368 pages
Genre: Historical (Biblical) Fiction
First Lines: The women were standing on high places, shielding their eyes from the blazing sun with their hands, peering into the distance in search of messengers from the battlefield. Each knew that her life depended on the outcome of the battle, but their lives depended on opposite results.
One Word Review: Captivating
Summary from Amazon:
In ancient Israel, war is looming. Deborah, a highly respected leader, has coerced the warrior Barak into launching a strike against the neighboring Canaanites. Against all odds he succeeds, returning triumphantly with Asherah and Nogah, daughters of the Canaanite King, as his prisoners. But military victory is only the beginning of the turmoil, as a complex love triangle develops between Barak and the two princesses. Deborah, recently cast off by her husband, develops a surprising affinity for Barak. Yet she struggles to rebuild her existence on her own terms, while also groping her way toward the greatest triumph of her life.
The Triumph of Deborah is a richly detailed story that was much more easily readable than what I had anticipated. Though I was unfamiliar with Deborah's history, it never felt unfamiliar to me as the story was so well-crafted. Fans of historical fiction will love Eva Etzioni-Halevy's descriptive narrative and will appreciate a glimpse into what the life of this fascinating woman must have been like. I particularly liked the author's characterizations. By the end of the book, I felt I had connected with these women in a very real sense. There were a few moments when i felt a bit bogged down with some of the writing, but overall, it flowed really well. The Triumph of Deborah is a wonderful story that I would highly recommend.