About the Book
“A stunning coming-of-age tale.”–MESU ANDREWS, Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter
As the eldest son of a Levite and a Philistine, Avidan is torn between his duty to his family legacy and the desire for something more. After an enemy attack strikes close to home, he takes the opportunity to fight with his cousins for the newly crowned King Saul. But when one of the cousins goes missing during the battle, Avidan refuses to leave him behind.
Keziah is the daughter of one of the most powerful clan chiefs in the territory of Manasseh. On the brink of a forced marriage to a loathsome man decades older than her, she has no choice but to run, hoping to find sanctuary with her mother’s family.
United during their journeys and battling to survive the dangers that surround them, Avidan and Keziah make a pact to travel together. As challenges pile up, they must not only rely on each other to stay alive but also learn to trust the true and eternal King of Israel to guide their every step.
In My Opinion
Connilyn Cossette brings readers a brand-new series beginning with Voice of the Ancient. Avidan is a Levite who believes he is destined for battle. Keziah is a young woman who loves her horse more than anything forced into a betrothal with an older man in order to ensure her clan’s security.
From first meeting these two characters, I was intrigued by their stories. At the opening, we witness the appointment of King Saul. Cossette excels at weaving Biblical facts alongside her fictional characters, giving readers a taste of what life may have been like during the era of Israel’s kings.
Both Keziah and Avi are on the edge of their adulthoods. Both face some difficult circumstances, and both have extreme growth throughout this engaging story. I enjoyed how Cossette subtly wove truth in all the right places for Avi and Keziah.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Sarru because he was often the scene-stealer.
I look forward to seeing where the author takes this story with Avi’s brothers and cousins.
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