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The Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn
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Jul 20, 2011

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Read from July 20 to 25, 2011

The Gilded Chamber is pretty much a verbatim of The Book of Esther in the Old Testament. I pulled out my Bible, read Book of Esther and the author, Rebecca Kohn, used just about all of the text and then wove a tale to fill in the blanks to make her story - albeit something like a soft porn.

So, for those of you who do not know The Book of Esther, err..rather The Gildedd Chamber, here is the story:

When King Xerxes commands his wife to display herself infront of his men in nothing but a turban, she refuses. Now exiled from the King's kingdom for disobeying, the king sets out to find every virgin in his kingdom for his pleasure/harem. Taken from her home at the age of 14, Esther finds herself in the Kings harem where she must undergo 12 months of beauty treatments before being presented to the king.

Fast forward...once Esther has secured the favor of the king, she sets out of free her people, the Jews, from an edict issued by the King to kill all Jews in his kingdom for disobeying his rules.

Unfortunately, our first time author, Rebecca Kohn, spent too much time on Esther's 12 months of beauty treatments, the King's favorites, the outfits that the virgins wear, the eunichs that run the harem, and wine induced pleasures that the real story of Esther freeing her people from slaughter was an afterthought.

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Anne Marie I read this years ago, but I agreed with you whole heatedly, your last sentence hits it right on the head.

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