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Garden of Madness (Seven Wonders #2)

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The untold story of King Nebuchadnezzar s daughter

For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world.

Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an opulent yet oppress
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ebook, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Katie
Jun 10, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Once again Tracy Higley has swept me into a tale of a nearly forgotten time where being a princess wasn’t as care-free as one would think. Filled with palace intrigue and an unsolved murder, Garden of Madness kept my attention riveted to the pages. Be prepared to find yourself instantly charmed by the spirited Tiamat—she is a one-of-a-kind woman!

Something that instantly sets Tiamat apart as a heroine, in my opinion, was her athletic hobbies. At first g
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Donna
May 29, 2015 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With the reading of this, I've come to the not so hasty conclusion that Biblical Fiction is not really my thing. I enjoy Christian Fiction but not this. I didn't like Red Tent, I didn't like Orson Scott Card's biblical stuff, and I think I have tried a few others that I also wasn't crazy about. (I did, however, love Orson Scott Card's whole Enders series. It is with that series, that I fell in love with Scott Brick.)

This book wasn't awful. The last couple of chapters is where it was finally gett
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Debbie
"Garden of Madness" is a historical/biblical romance novel set in 577 B.C. in Babylon. I've really enjoyed this author's previous novels, but I didn't enjoy this one. Though the characters were realistic enough, I didn't care for the characters...so much so that I had a hard time caring if the "good guys" won.

Tia was a wild, willful tomboy whose every whim was given in to except in deciding whom she could marry. She was given a private, fully equipped gym; she was allowed to race chariots in pub
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Julie G
Aug 25, 2012 Julie G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the second book I've read by Tracy Higley and, just like the first, the minute I opened the cover (or the reader) I was hooked. The characters are so vivid, so alive on the page. And the writing draws me in from the first paragraph.

How can you not want to know what follows: "My name is Nebuchadnezzar. Let the nations hear it!"?

The story begins on the eve of Princess Tiamat's arranged/ treaty marriage. Priests prepare sacrifices and the King gazes with immeasurable ego and pride over his
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Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "Seven Wonders" series continues with an intriguing story centered around the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This is a depiction of a fascinating and yet dark time in the life of King Nebuchadnezzar - as seen through the eyes of an independent and intelligent daughter who never stops loving him.

Tiamat is a strong and determined heroine who exercises as an outlet for her anxiety and stops at nothing to discover the truth. The secrets of the palace are numerous and prove to be quite painful, and
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Charity U
Feb 25, 2013 Charity U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Oh, it was very good! I found it to be fast-paced and almost impossible to put down. Absolutely full of mystery, suspense, and excitement! There’s not a slow minute in it. A few of the fascinating people/places in this one include Daniel (the Biblical one), Nebuchadnezzar (likewise), the Hanging Gardens, and the captive Israelites. The main character is actually Nebuchadnezzar’s fictional daughter, Tiamat or Tia. This is a memorable story…I haven’t a doubt that you’ll find it intense and thrilli ...more
Arava
Apr 30, 2014 Arava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing look into Babylon during Nebuchadnezzer's seven years of insanity, Garden of Madness takes a close look at the redemption of other nations that God promises to bring with the coming Messiah. While a few elements seemed modernized/a bit farfetched, I enjoyed the throne-plotting, heart-wrenching, and mind-numbing secrets of the wondrous Hanging Gardens.
Shannan Williams
Feb 11, 2014 Shannan Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Shannan by: mom
I loved, loved, loved this book! This is the first book by this author that I have read and most definitely won't be the last! Absolutely amazing book!! I couldn't put it down. It was full of adventure, love, excitement. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, it was awesome!!! 5***** hands down!!!!
Because of this book, I have been introduced to another world of writing ~ the Christian Historical Fiction genre and I am so excited to read more books like this. This is now one of my
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Catherine Richmond
The Garden of Madness is the story of Nebuchadnezzer's daughter, and the men she might marry.

Babylon has always fascinated me. The culture is so different and the history is so distant, writing a novel set in this time is an enormous challenge. Occasionally the Garden of Madness was confusing - maybe that's intentional on the author's part, to show the heroine's struggle to maintain sanity. Perhaps we can better understand today's Iraq by diving into its history. And I hope a contemporary Iraqi
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Alexandra Morris
Mar 07, 2014 Alexandra Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Tiamat, called Tia by most, is the beloved daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar but just after she turns fourteen that all changes, not only is she married to the oldest son of the imprisoned Judean king, but her father is suddenly taken over by a strange madness. The story picks back up seven years later, after Princess Tia's husband has died. Tia feels no sadness for his death, she could never bring herself to love the man, in fact she is actually a little relieved to find herself free. H ...more
Lois
Jan 20, 2015 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historic setting with romance, mystery, and battles against dark powers. Sounds like my favorite cup of tea, but I find myself going back and forth on this one. Some parts were great, others were weird. I liked reading about Tia's touching devotion to her father through the years of his madness, but the romance was choppily developed and the mystery surrounding Tia's illness was not well explained. I'm pretty sure I know what happened but I wish there could have been more clarification.
The bo
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Hannah
Jul 15, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves between a 3.5 and a 4. Reason being, it kind of felt like it became a little bit of a soap opera. Towards the end with the whole "father" thing. I mean I did have my moments where I would be reading and have the realization that I just read 50 or so pages. Thanks book. Its one of those where its a goodish book but you have to know what happens. Thanks again book. However, I did enjoy the story and how things were wrapped up. And I really like the characters. Especially Tiamat ...more
Cindy
Wonderful, wonderful book! Tracy Higley's books tell how the ONE TRUE GOD so loves all mankind so much that HE has been drawing people to Himself even since before Christ came.
Katrina
Good Reads Win. So I won this book, but never received it. So no review for it.
W
Jul 13, 2012 W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
With suspense, intrigue, and a touch of romance, T.L. Higley expertly weaves together the Biblical account found in Daniel 4 (Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar's seven-year insanity, a curse brought on him because of his pride), the mysteries of the Babylonian Hanging Gardens (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), as well as the history of the Judean kings in exile in Babylon. For seven years, the princess Tiamat and her family have kept her father's condition a secret, but when Tia begin ...more
Kristin
"Garden of Madness" by Tracy L. Higley is an exciting and suspense-filled account of King Nebuchadnezzar and his family. Found in the Bible in the book of Daniel, this story outlines the fictional account of the crazy king who lived for seven years as a wild animal for refusing to bow to the God of Israel.

The book takes place in ancient Babylon, in the Hanging Gardens which Historians know very little about. The author has woven bits of information that has been gleaned from studies and histo
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TAMMY CUEVAS
King Nebuchadnezzar's daughter Tiamat has patiently waited seven years for her father to recover from the mysterious madness that causes him to prowl about on all fours like an animal. Since the mysterious death of her husband and the murder of a nobleman in the palace, Tiamat realizes she must discover who is behind their deaths. As her mother plots to wed her to another to secure the kingdom, Tiamat seeks to help her father by accepting the help of Pedaiah, who takes her to her father's old fr ...more
Kate
Author Brings Life to Ancient History!

The gardens of Babylon offer solice, beauty and intrigue. But within the lush backdrop of flora lie danger and devastating secrets capturing its visitors within its tempting grasp. In a time of great strife and unrest could a longing from one voice be enough to conquer many?

Tiamat, youngest princess to King Nebuchadnezzar and Queen Amytis learns that decisions afford consequences. Protected from the outside world by a title held by few she loses the husband
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Alexis Neal
It's been seven years since Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind--though the royal family has carefully kept his madness a secret from the people. His daughter, Tiamat, recent widow of a Jewish prince, would rather remain alone than enter into another loveless marriage. But with her mother pressuring here to marry a Median prince in order to strengthen the family's , her mother in law hoping she'll wed her dead husband's brother and give him an heir according to Jewish law, and the mysterious young mage ...more
Rachel
Jun 13, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.com


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Garden of Madness is an exotic, well-crafted story about famous King Nebuchadnezzar and his fiery daughter Tia. The book's rapid pacing, mixed with the ever constant threat of danger to the characters, made for a quick and enjoyable read.

Higley establishes a fascinating and detailed Babylon that held my attention and stirred my imagination. The plot blends fact and fiction, with the biblical prophet Daniel as a main character. I thoroughly
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Cheryl A
A surprisingly enjoyable book, Garden of Madness is the fictional story of Tiamat, daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Widowed at 21 after seven years of marriage to a political ally, Tia wants to be able to rule her own destiny.

Since her wedding, the king has been mad, living as an animal in the fabled Gardens of Babylon and Tia's mother, Queen Amytis has been ruling the country while keeping the king's madness a secret from all. In an effort to strengthen the country, Amytis arranges
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Sally
Raise your hands if you consider yourself an expert on Nebuchadnezzar. I admit I don’t know much about him at all. We know him in relation to the prophet Daniel, and we believe he had the Hanging Gardens of Babylon built for his wife, but there is so much that is unknown about his personal life and his family. What happened to them when he was driven mad for a time as described in the book of Daniel? How was the empire ruled during those seven years? The Bible states that he was restored to his ...more
Elizabeth
Apr 21, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
Garden of Madness is the story of the Babylonian princess Tiamat, daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar. The king has been struck with madness and for seven years has secretly roamed the Hanging Gardens like an animal. All seems secure for the royal family until the unthinkable happens. When a palace noble is found brutally murdered and the king’s safety is threatened, Tia begins a quest for answers and discovers truths she never could have imagined. With the help of two Jewish captives, the wise man ...more
Brenda
May 01, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Biblical fiction is fast becoming one of my favorite genres so I was excited to read "Garden of Madness" which tells the story of the Babylonian Princess Tiamet, the daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar, whose madness has had him living in the palace garden for the last seven years while his family kept his condition hidden from the public. When a murder takes place inside the palace Tia decides to try and figure out what is going on, and uncovers truths that she could never have imagined.
The author
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Erin
There's something wonderful about a book you can't put down, and that is exactly where I find myself with every new Tracy Higley book! "Garden of Madness" transports the reader to ancient Babylon with rich writing, exquisite details, and a depth of plot which keeps you turning pages to see what will happen next. Princess Tiamat is the daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar, who has been out of his mind and living like an animal for nearly seven years, secreted away in the famous Hanging Gardens. Tia fi ...more
Margaret Metz
May 21, 2012 Margaret Metz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One day. That's all it took for me to finish this book. It's an election year and I thought today's politicians were scheming and sometimes willing to do almost anything for power. The characters in this book show you how far the quest for power can corrupt man.

One of Tracy Higley's gifts is to make a time and a place come alive. You can hear the sandals slapping, smell the fresh baked bread, and feel the fear as Tia is faced with the demons trying to control her and her kingdom. It all feels as
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Herb
Apr 04, 2013 Herb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical Fiction
Young Tiamat is the Daughter of Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon. The story begins seven years after he has become mad and lives like an animal hidden away in the Hanging Gardens. Tia's husband of seven years has died and there is political pressure from her mother to remarry a prince of the Medes. All that she has been taught is now being questioned in her heart and soul as she discovers the belief in this One God. This Yahweh of the Jews may have merit after all. A murder of a nobleman in th ...more
Cleffairy
Apr 22, 2012 Cleffairy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed at:Library of Lights
Review date:23rd April 2012
Review link:http://mykindaland.com/?p=611

‘The Garden of Madness’ is a fantastical, mysterious and romantic retelling of the Biblical story in the Book of Daniels about the crazy King Nebuchadnezzar’s of Babylon. This story revolves around the crazy king’s daughter. There’s nothing not to like about this book, and I probably enjoyed this fiction as much as the retelling of the Biblical Queen Esther or Persia.

Highly intriguing and vivid, and
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Lilibet King
Apr 15, 2012 Lilibet King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Garden of Madness, by Tracy L. Higley, takes place at the end of Nebuchadnezzar’s seven years of madness as described in the book of Daniel. This is one of the books in Higley’s Seven Wonders of the Ancient World series, and as such takes place partially in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Not much is known about the gardens, so Higley has created a daring heroine named Tiamat, youngest daughter of Nebuchadnezzar and recent widow of Shealtiel, deceased son of the captive king of Judah. Tiamet is y
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Lisa Johnson
Nov 03, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Title: Garden of Madness
Author: Tracy L. Higley
Pages: 400
Year: 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Note: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed therein are my own. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo...

Every time I hear that an author has published another novel or is in the works to produce one, my excitement mounts. Tracy Higley’s writings have continued to excel with each story that unfolds. Here, in
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