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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Novel about the travels of the magi, or wise men, that combines history, astronomy, prophecy, legend, and culture, to culminate in alife-changing meeting with the new child king, the Messiah. Author: Daniel L. Gilbert Publisher: Paraclete Press Format: 164 pages, hardcover ISBN: 9781557255242
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Paraclete Press (MA)
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An imaginative retelling of the story of Jesus' birth from the POV of one of the wise men who come to visit him. Many historical details are plain wrong, and Gilbert takes liberties with the story that don't always make sense. The characters aren't particularly deep, and the protagonist's transformation, though believable and edifying, is not drawn at the depth I would have preferred.

A quick, easy read. Engaging but not life-altering.
Ramates is seeking personal glory by hunting an illusive white leopard far into the night. But a large unusual star appears in the night sky and his life of this eastern magi proceeds in an totally different direction. The details of his life in the Parthian kingdom and polictical intrigue that surrounds the launching of the caravan to find the Deliverer associated with the star are wonderfully laid out. You know where the story is going to end, but the path to that end is a delightful read. A s ...more
Fred Kohn
I was attracted to this book because of its cover and size. It felt good in my hands. When I flipped through the pages, I found that the characters had been given imaginative names. I hustled over to goodreads and found that the book had good reviews. So I was quite disappointed to find the plot trite and lacking imagination. I gave the book two stars instead of one because I did manage to learn something about Parthian customs, and that was a plus.
I don't think calling this book cute is what the author was going is a look at Christmas and Jesus' birth from one of the Magi's Point of Views.

A fictional account of what it might have been like for the wise men, the trials of their travels and how not everyone was looking for the messiah to be born.

Probably a better read during the holiday season instead of after-but, when you get it as a Christmas gift....
A nice cozy read about the "Three Wise Men." Some unexpected stuff; very interesting.
Karen B
This little novel is all about the journey to seek the Christ Child and the journey to find one's inner self. From the Diyala River in what is now Iraq to Bethleham we follow Magi Ramates as he follows his Star.
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