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How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords? Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But when a chance encounter forces her to the palace of Xerxes, she becomes a concubine to the richest man in the world. She alone, of all Xerxes' wives, loves the man beneath the crown. She alone, of all his wives, holds the heart o...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Whitefire Publishing (first published December 29th 2010)
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Stephanie Landsem
Roseanna White has done a masterful job of weaving solid history, compelling characters and a biblical setting into a story so fascinating, I lost sleep. And sleep is important to me.

Yes, it is the story of Esther. Yes, it is the story of Xerxes, the Persian King. Both are compelling stories in their own right. But Jewel of Persia is much, much more. I love historical fiction, and so wasn’t taken aback by the list of almost 50 characters in the 340 page book. But that makes some people nervous....more
Terri Harr
I knew a little more what to expect from this book since reading A Stray Drop of Blood. I had also read Chapter One that was offered on the website. Like her first book, the characters came alive from the very beginning. The ones you are supposed to love, I loved deeply. The ones you are supposed to despise, I despised just as deeply.


I love how Roseanna intertwines history with fiction is such a way it is hard to tell where the truth ends and fiction begins. She has lots of historical informati...more
Angela Breidenbach
Roseanna White is a superb story teller! I couldn't put Jewel of Persia down! I loved the rich, engaging characters who lived in an incredibly well developed historical world. The fresh view of Esther's story from Kasia's eyes brought it to life for me. Vivid, beautiful, intense, and imbued with purpose. One of my favorite sections is near the beginning where Ms. White writes through Mordecai's wisdom, "He allows much tragedy, or so it seems to us. But we cannot see the future, precious Esther....more
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Roseanna has done it - what an INCREDIBLE book!

Jewel of Persia was amazing. The author did an excellent job of creating a historically accurate story that grips the reader's attention as few books do. Roseanna has definitely written a keeper.

Having researched a lot about Persia for the book a friend and I are writing a decade or so after Roseanna's ends, I was able to recognize the amount of accurate research Roseanna put into this story. Filled with surprising twists and well described situati...more
Christine Lindsay
Jewel of Persia is a glowing example of wonderful writing combined with a fascinating historical era and mesmerizing characters. But the author took me for a romantic spin I never expected with this story set just prior to the reign of Esther, the little Jewish Queen.

I was prepared for an epic tale set within the rich tapestry of a Biblical setting, the elegant and sophisticated kingdom of Xerxes, King of Persia. And this book fulfilled all its promises. At times the exploits of Xerxes reminded...more
Tucker
A simple, largely unbothersome love story. The embellished speculation on the historical characters was interesting, the plot was reasonable, and the prose was clean. However, probably because the American author has expressed her personal mission to understand literature through a Christian lens, the Jewish characters in this book don't express their Judaism in credible or convincing ways. Their style of prayer seems Christian. Also, it is odd that this love story is set in a harem and yet avoi...more
Michelle Griep
This is the familiar story of Esther but recounted in a fresh, new way. Author Roseanna M. White dishes up quite a love story filled with intrigue and danger, told from a perspective that’s fictional yet entirely believable.

Usually I think of King Xerxes as a womanizer, somewhat clueless, with a streak of evil running through him. After reading Jewel of Persia, he seems more of a real person, way more likeable, and I can even sympathize with him a bit. I’m not saying he’s my hero for life, just...more
Sandi Rog
Delve into an incredible tale with a stunning backdrop that will sweep you away into an enchanting world of another time, bringing the Kingdom of Persia to life until you can see it, touch it, smell it . . . and taste it!

Jewel of Persia took my breath away! Roseanna White is an amazing storyteller, and as I read this brilliant story, the prose danced off the pages, breathing life into a host of characters. I fell in love with Kasia and Xerxes, and found myself cheering for them, loving them, de...more
Joanne Sher
What a wonderful read. This book combines the biblical account of Esther with Herodotus' Histories. I was very familiar with the former, and completely unfamiliar with the latter. While Esther is woven through much of the book, it is mostly about the fictional Kasia, a Jewess who became king Xerxes' concubine and beloved.

I can't say enough about how much I loved this. The characterization, the setting descriptions, the plotting - all wonderful. I was completely engaged from beginning to end. I w...more
Charity U
6-11: It was good. Very very good. It's the story of Esther from the Bible. And yet Esther is not the main character. To the best of my knowledge, the book was biblically accurate. I enjoyed it a lot, and I highly recommend it to older readers. Seeing that we're dealing with a king who has a harem (for those of you who don't know, it's a place where a bunch of wives and concubines on one man live), there are some more mature themes. Overall, I really enjoyed it! Get a copy if at all possible. Wo...more
Normandie Fischer
While I don't often read biblical fiction, I picked up this and A Stray Drop of Blood before my agent submitted one of my stories to WhiteFire Publishing--after all, if I were going to be involved with a publisher, I wanted to determine the quality of their releases. I wasn't disappointed.

Roseanna White takes risks in these two books, and those risks raise the works above the norm for the genre. Her biblical fiction isn't sweet. It's raw and real, full of history and drama and personalities tha...more
Melissa Travis
Brilliant author! She seamlessly wove together the biblical account of Esther with the Histories of Herodotus to create a fascinating story of faith, love, intrigue, and allegiance to family set in ancient Persia. The story contains a strong element of spiritual warfare throughout, which I thought was essential to the plot. I will definitely read more of Ms. White's work.

P.S. You MUST read the Author's Note at the end!!
Havebooks Willread
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading Jewel of Persia by Roseanna White, which was the November selection for Carrie's book club. I'm not generally a fan of fictionalized Bible stories, but this story was less about Esther and more about the historical time period and the fictional Kasia. I have to admit I was impressed by the historical information she incorporated into the story.

In a nutshell, it's a love story about a fictional Jewish girl who becomes one of King Xerxes's w...more
Katie
There are dozens of books on the market today telling the biblical story of Esther…but none have told it like Roseanna White! Wow. I was enraptured in Kasia’s story! Bringing a fresh and un-explored angle to this amazing story, she not only presents a story never heard before, she shares amazing historical details about the years of King Xerxes reign over Persia.

While Jewel of Persia does tell the story of Esther; she is, uniquely, only a secondary character. Taking center-stage is Xerxex, king...more
Pegg
I stayed up reading way too late last night to finish this book. Wow! What a wonderful job of storytelling. It started a little slow, but picked up steam and never looked back. Roseanna White did a masterful job of weaving fact and fiction into a believable, engaging tale that was too good to put down. I started recommending it to others when I was less than half was into it!

This is the story of Queen Esther's fictional best friend, Kasia. Through her eyes we experience the royal court of Xerxes...more
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This has to be one of the best books I’ve read all year. At times I loved Xerxes and at others I hated him. Kasia has to be commended for having the patients of a saint. The history is so complex and rich in this book, and yet Mrs. White makes it an enjoyable read and not a tedious history lesson. There are two different society’s in Jewel of Persia, the Jews and the Persians. They are gorgeously put on display for the reader in thi...more
Sam Krych
Roseanna White's Jewel of Persia was a great story of love between the king of Perisa, Xerxes, and his wife Kasia. Kasia, a jewish girl living in Persia inadvertently gets chosen to be the next concubine for King Xerxes. She leaves her family and friends to move to the palace. She falls in love with Xerxes and he falls madly in love with her too. She is the only wife in the compound who he truly cherishes and genuinely cares for. The novel then describes the realtionships between the very many c...more
Anitamaedraper
This extraordinary book gives a fresh look at the politics between the wives and concubines at the highest level of a harem. Until I read Jewel of Persia, I never considered how things would work if the king loved one wife more than another. And I never considered what it would be like to be one of many wives if you truly loved the king as a man. How it would feel if you knew he continued to sleep with his other wives. That’s what I liked about this book… it gets right down to the core emotions...more
Erin
" Jewel of Persia" focuses on the era of the biblical Esther but those events are only dealt with in the latter section of the novel. The real meat of the story focuses on the relationship between King Xerxes and Esther's best friend, Kasia. The sections with Esther and Xerxes were hurried and not given the credence they deserved but I give it four stars based on the wonderful character of Kasia and the historical value of the research into Xerxes reign.
Rachel Leightman
What a creative way to tell the story of Esther! I have read numerous stories about Esther, but this is the first that I felt really put it into perspective with the history and culture of the period, the first I really felt like I could imagine fully because of all the background given. By the time the Biblical account of Esther showed up in this book, I was already well-immersed in the characters, the time, the place. Wonderful, wonderful read! I loved that the author wove in tons of historica...more
Malea
This book follows King Xerxes and a fictional concubine, Kasia, who is his favorite wife and great love. Although the love story is fictional, White knows her history well enough to make this seem probable. Although history paints Xerxes as a mad man, White gives him sane reasons for doing what he did and I found that I liked him well enough to root for him and Kasia. Esther, of course, figures prominently in this book too, but not as his great love, which I think the Biblical account would agre...more
Joanne
I really enjoyed this book and the way Roseanna White was able to weave a beautiful story with a biblical background. Not only was it a lovely read but the history was absolutely fascinating. Her characters came alive and I couldn't put this book down.

The details of the king and court is really interesting and I loved reading how Xerxes controlled his court, he was a real hero...... even with countless wives and concubines ;) He was a man, a king and a ruler. Reading the book gave a fresh twist...more
Melissa
Very interesting take on the Esther story (If that's what you want to read, the Biblical events of Esther only occur in the last 20% of the book), but this was quite the unique twist in imagining how those events came about. It's a bit....hard to read with the idolatry and sexual escapades of a harem and the men who viewed women as possessions filling most every page, and yet the romance was satisfying. The author never imposed modern day ideas on the story making it an interesting read as I was...more
Laura
Very good. I liked the part where Kaisia was playing in the river when she was a little girl.
Re
First time I have read a book from Roseanna White. I loved it! I love Christian fiction books. Quite a love story with Kasia and Xerxes. I enjoyed the historical, and also the fiction she added fit into the book nicely. I liked that she told you in the beginning which characters were fictional and what was historical.
Mrs. Roseanna White is quite a writer,right up there with my favorite, Mark of the Lion Series, by Francine Rivers.
I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fictio...more
Bobbie
Jewel of Persia enhances the story of Esther, while including all the details of the biblical account. Kasia, a friend of Esther, falls in love with Xerxes. The many characters enthrall the reader because of each of their traits. Xerxes is tender and loving, yet shows cruelty and a vicious temper.
The story, descriptions of scenery are beautifully written and the biblical characters are larger than life.
Linda
Great historically based novel. Full of passion, war, intrigue, family, romance, passion and loads of spirituality. Jews and Persians, commoners and royalty. Wives and harems. Kings, queens and their advisors. Duplicity. This book has so much. Half way through I would have given it a three but the last half I could not stop reading.
T.C. Spellen
Jewel of Persia is an amazing story saturated with the right amount of romance, biblical history, betrayal, intrigue...all of the yummy trimmings that give life to a book and its characters. It was difficult to stop reading at night to go to bed. The next day couldn't come fast enough to continue reading; it's an excellent read.
Luci
Very enjoyable. Couldn't put it down. Reminded me of Lynn Austin's "Gods and Kings", but I think I might actually like this a little better. My only tiny complaint is that I wanted more at the end - more details, more build up, etc. like the rest of the story. But, it's hard to complain too much when it was so engaging.
Melissa
Good book, easy read. This tells the Biblical story of Esther from the point of view of another harem girl, Xerxes' fictional "favorite wife," Kasia. Lots of interesting historical details, and the character stuff-how to share a husband with other women, how to maintain your faith in adversity-feels very authentic.
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