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The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen (The Legend of Sheba #1 )

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There is the story you know: A foreign queen, journeying north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king favored by the One God. The tale of a queen conquered by a king and god both before returning to her own land laden with gifts.

That is the tale you were meant to believe.

Which means most of it is a lie.

The truth is far more than even the storytellers could conju
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Howard Books (first published August 26th 2014)
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Oct 23, 2014 Mesu rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just, wow. I'm so thankful the Lord chose Tosca Lee to write about Eve (Havah), Judas Iscariot (Iscariot), and now the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon (The Legend of Sheba). The amount of research and imagination she weaves into her novels is the work of an inspired artisan, and I so appreciate the care with which she handles God's Word.
That being said, however, I will warn you that Tosca's writing is edgy, and she doesn't mask the hard truths about the ancient cultures explored in this boo
Jan 06, 2015 Ij rated it really liked it
The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen

Author: Tosca Lee

Publisher: Howard Books, September 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4516-8404-9

This historical fiction is about Bilqis, also known as the Queen of Sheba, the Queen of the South, and Makeda. She is found in religious literature such as the Bible, the Koran, etc. These books tell of her hearing tales of King Solomon and his wisdom and making a journey to observe him for herself. Lee has spun a story which expands the life of Bilqis and her journey.

I enjoyed the
Dec 21, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Vividly portrayed, romantic, and inspirational. Official review will be published in August's Library Journal along with my interview of Tosca Lee (who is absolutely hilarious on Twitter -- you should follow her).

Emilie Hendryx
Mar 05, 2016 Emilie Hendryx rated it it was amazing
The absolutely stunning tale Tosca Lee weaves through The Legend of Sheba renders me breathless with its intricacy and rich, detailed beauty.

Framed by eloquent descriptions and fueled by romance, The Legend of Sheba will transport you across ocean and land to the oasis of the land of Saba and to a young woman named Bilqis. Her journey to become queen is fraught with turmoil, hurt, passion, and an overwhelming sense of destiny. It is a tale that will touch your very soul.

I thoroughly enjoyed The
Aug 04, 2014 Jessica(WonderlandReviews) rated it it was amazing
I don't often read books of this genre but something about this book called to me, perhaps it was the eyes on the cover that lured me in like they did so many a man that Bilqis(Sheba) came across.

I love so much of this book, I don't think I have a single bad thing about this book that I could come up with other then I want more!

It was like reading the pages of the girls diary or being right there next to her and experiencing all the beauty her world had to offer and all the pain that hid behind
Amanda Geaney
Aug 13, 2014 Amanda Geaney rated it it was amazing
Step into the decadent world of ancient middle eastern culture and intrigue. In her new release,The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen, author Tosca Lee lifts the veil of luxury and extravagance to reveal the heart of a queen. Like King Solomon, you too will be captivated by the Queen. Lee’s impeccable research and passionate writing bursts forth from every page. She delivers a story that will delight your senses and rend your heart.

Queen Bilqis of Saba proves to be a mystery worthy of discoverin
Brooke Barenfanger
Sep 11, 2014 Brooke Barenfanger rated it it was amazing

Powerful, vibrant, saturated in history, The Legend of Sheba was doubtless one of the best books I have read this year. I have never read anything by Tosca Lee before. However, after looking her up and seeing what she had written, I very much wanted to. The Legend of Sheba shocked me in its beauty and depth. The research it took to write this book is incredible. The characters were so very real that I could almost touch them, see what they were seeing, feel what they were feeling. I have not rea
Lisa Godfrees
Aug 18, 2014 Lisa Godfrees rated it it was amazing
Tosca Lee keeps getting better and better.

The Legend of Sheba follows the story of the queen who ruled Sheba (modern day Ethiopia) during the reign of King Solomon. While we learn a lot about the country and their social, religious, and political beliefs in this book, what will draw Christian readers is the conundrum of King Solomon. But be warned, although we honor King Solomon as the wisest of kings, he did not obey God's commands and his kingdom crumbled because of his disobedience. He took h
Kara Peck
Sep 11, 2014 Kara Peck rated it it was amazing
I really can't say enough about The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee. This book is so well written and beautiful. I have been a fan of Tosca's work for a few years now, and I was very excited to read this newest book. I was not disappointed. Once again Tosca proves her ability to weave words together to create a vivid story and take you with it, never lessening its hold. I was spell bound for 18 hours. Completely enraptured! As soon as I finished I wanted to start it again right away. If you like hi ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I read this in 3 days which is unusual for me. I was pulled in by the beautiful language and writing and I immediately found myself invested in the character if Bilqis (Sheba). I love historical fiction, but occasionally I will get so curious about the actual events or time period, my attention wanders from the story in front of me. This didn't happen here, although as soon as I finished I started googling all kinds of things to learn more about this fascinating Queen. I really enjoyed the menta ...more
Michele Israel Harper
Wow. Just, wow. I finished this book yesterday, and am still reeling.

The ancient world, a painting come to life. The queen of Sheba, as real to me as if I knew her. Her love affair with Solomon, tender and excruciating. History, alive and bursting with color.

This book is legendary, exquisite, captivating.

The only thing I didn't like about it was that the blasted thing ended. I could have lived in that world for endless days!

I can't even remember the last time I read a book and immediately wanted
Aug 13, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of biblical fiction, fans of history, myth, romance
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an open and honest review.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, continually asking us who we are, who God is and where we meet; The Legend of Sheba is slow to start but swiftly catches you into the world of desert sands, camel caravans and the searching, nomadic soul within us all. Tosca Lee has composed another page turner combining history, romance and the search for truth.

We are introduced to a knew, energized Queen of Sheba, call
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"There is a tale that is told: A desert queen journeyed north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king and his One God. The story of a queen conquered by a king before she returned to her own land laden with gifts.

That is the tale you are mean to believe.

Which means most of it is a lie.

The truth is far more than even storytellers could conjure. The riches more priceless. The secrets more corrosive. The love and betrayal more passionate and devastating, both.

Love...The very word is a
Josh Olds
Nov 13, 2014 Josh Olds rated it it was amazing
QUICK HIT - The Legend of Sheba wraps tradition, legend, and speculation around a core of factual truth to develop a story that is breathtakingly beautiful in premise, prose, and plot.

She is an enigma, a mystery, an unknown even to those close to her. A queen in a patriarchal world. Ruler of a wealthy kingdom in the middle of a barren land. Rough yet feminine. Calculating yet not devoid of emotion. Wanting love but knowing that do so risked her power.

She is Bilqis, queen of Sheba. And this is he
Sep 04, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing
Source: Free Advanced Reader Copy through NetGalley, and from Simon and Schuster/Howard Books, in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are of my own opinion.
"I never meant to become queen."

A pensive statement from a woman who became the famous queen of Sheba in the "tenth century BC". Her sultry name has passed through the ages as a woman of beauty, riches, and power. A relationship with King Solomon proclaimed her name in Israel. She is known by various names: Bilqis, Bilkis,
Lisa Johnson
Sep 01, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen
Author: Tosca Lee
Pages: 328
Year: 2014
Publisher: Howard Books
This is a very interesting fictional account of the life of the Queen of Sheba as she is known in the Bible. The tale begins with Sheba or Saba as she is known in her country as a young girl at the feet of her mother. Upon her mother’s untimely death, Saba loses favor with her father and his new wife. She falls prey to palace machinations and has her innocence taken at a young age. She is then
Holli Herdeg
Mar 04, 2015 Holli Herdeg rated it really liked it
Recommended to Holli by: Kaci Hill
First of all, Tosca Lee is an exquisitely poetic writer. She is also incredibly talented at digging into the heads of forgotten or cast aside persons. It is always very obvious that she does her research: What was the culture? What was the actual religious thought? What would a real man or woman do, in their shoes? Too often, we take these characters at face value; Tosca challenges us to think and feel beyond that. To love the ones we may have thought were unlovable. I have read all of her books ...more
Heather Eslick
Sep 09, 2014 Heather Eslick rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance reader copy of this book from Howard Books through Net Galley for review.

This is the first of Tosca Lee’s books that I have read and I have to tell you, I am hooked! I absolutely love how poetically she writes.

The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen is an intense read, beginning to end; a page turner. It is an eloquently written tale, seamlessly woven with details from Lee’s exhaustive research on the real queen of Sheba.

The Bible account of the Queen of
Sep 17, 2014 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
This description had me intrigued: “Here is the tale that is told: A desert queen journeyed north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king and his One God. The story of a queen conquered by a king before she returned to her own land laden with gifts. That is the tale you are meant to believe. Which means most of it is a lie.”

1000BC, the king of Sheba is dead and Bilqis, also called Makeda, his exiled daughter, has gained the crown after a desperate overland march and battle for the capi
Christian Fiction Addiction
Nov 13, 2014 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
Tosca Lee's powerful writing plucked me from my armchair and transported me back to a long ago era where Solomon sat on his throne and the Queen of Sheba beguiled him from afar. I was swept up into the moving story from the first chapter, and soon scenes were racing across my mind with vivid clarity, painted there by Lee's talented pen. I have gained a whole new appreciation for the Queen of Sheba, and Tosca Lee has clearly done her research with this novel as it breathes with historical authent ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
The biblical account of the queen of Sheba is short. It is located in I Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9. In these verses there are very few details about who she was and what surrounded her visit. In The Legend of Sheba Tosa Lee has used her vast amount of research and her brilliant storytelling abilities to fill in some of the gaps.

This book is a literary delight. It is both gritty and beautiful at the same time. If you have delicate sensibilities you may consider passing on this one. But if you ar
Oct 07, 2014 Mirella rated it it was amazing
The legend of the Queen of Sheba has captured the imaginations of people for many centuries. Now, in a newly written, lushly described novel, author Tosca Lee brings this fascinating, enigmatic woman to life. It is the 10th century B.C. and a young woman with three names, Bilqis, Sheba, Makeda, has inherited her father’s throne. Through a traveling merchant, she learns about King Solomon of Israel. Soon she exchanges letters with this distant king, who piques her interest and fills her with wond ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have loved Tosca Lee's retelling of biblical characters. From the nefarious Judas Iscariot, to now this barely-mentioned Queen of Sheba, whom is given a mere 13 verses ( 1 Kings 10: 1-13). I've never understood this pagan queen whom goes before Solomon and delivers this rousing speech about how wonderful the Lord of Israel is. She never seemed to convert, wasn't she afraid of her own gods' jealousies and spite?
This book however de
Rebekah Shafer
Jan 15, 2016 Rebekah Shafer rated it liked it
Shelves: in-2016
Ah, the elusive magic of a story that is technically a four-star story, but got dragged down to three-stars because my personal tastes struggle with even the most well-told angsty romance.

I will say I really enjoyed the romantic thread as long as the intellectual side of it kept up. That I found fascinating. The historical context was very well set up (without being intrusive! I am rather amazed) and the visual style brought the whole story to life. Balqis' story is fascinating. The play throug
Feb 09, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads. I absolutely LOVED this book! It was a little slow in the beginning, but once it got started, I could hardly put it down. This story is told from the viewpoint of the Queen of Sheba, from her being a child into her adulthood, so it's part historical and part fiction. It is , also, part Christian as King Solomon plays a big part in it. This is the first book in a series and I cannot wait until the second one comes out. If you love history and fiction, this is a great ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well written and researched. Tosca Lee never disappoints with her ability to spin a tale from such minute amounts of detail. There may not be much known to us about the Queen of Sheba and Solomon, but she takes the barest hints of these worlds and creates a story to remember.

"Rise Of A Queen" begins at the beginning of a future queens life; we follow her through her hardships as a child, young love and loss in her youth, her rise to power as a young adult, and her inquisitive, search
Apr 09, 2016 Bonita rated it it was amazing
In her lyrical prose, Tosca Lee weaves the story of an obscure biblical character, Sheba, revealing a searching, emotional, clever, woman-turned-queen who longed for one thing more than all, and found her longings mirrored in the heart of a wise and broken king. Tosca Lee breathes characters to life in the heart of the reader. She creates a haunting tale of love and loss and the heart of an unknown God pursuing an outsider and calling her to Him.
Loved it! Full review to come.

In the Bible, the Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon’s court is thirteen verses long. It is a mere occurrence in the reign of Solomon, and yet, what would have it ben like for the queen of the opulent county of Saba to meet Israel’s wise king? Queen Bilqis, comfortable in her sequestered life in a neighboring country, becomes queen, but at great personal sacrifice; her soul to the priests of Saba’s gods and her heart to a harsh desert battle. When King Solomon d
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review.
This review originally appeared on my blog: The Literarium

A princess in her own right, and a woman of many names though famous for one, succeeds to her father’s throne and presides over a rich kingdom that contrasts the desolation of her personal life. As the trade routes of her kingdom become threatened, and the Israelite King Solomon enters the picture and is determined to have her. Sheba h
Bry Jensen
Sep 22, 2014 Bry Jensen rated it liked it
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The legendary Queen of Shebais intensely fascinating, but perplexing in the total lack of what we can know about her, or if she truly even existed as suggested. Throughout the ages, this legend has taken on many names and been believed to hail from so many places, with no further understanding of the truth.

The Legend of Sheba became particularly popular 'mythology' during the Renaissance, when biblical and quar'anic renditions resurfaced to inspire
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Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of ISCARIOT; THE LEGEND OF SHEBA; DEMON: A MEMOIR; HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE; and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (FORBIDDEN, MORTAL, SOVEREIGN). A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, pla
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