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Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Princess Teia, daughter of Judah's last king, begins a harrowing journey after she’s rescued by the prophet Jeremiah from the burning city of Jerusalem. They flee to Egypt, where amid Teia’s efforts to cope with devastating loss comes an unexpected awakening of her heart when she meets Eochaid, a foreign prince. The two young nobles fall in love, but are soon forced to par ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published July 31st 2016 by First Edition Design Publishing, Inc. (first published July 27th 2016)
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I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A romance about how the Stone of Scones came to be in the British Isles.

The daughter of the last king of Judah flees to Egypt with her little sister and a prophet. Eventually, she meets and falls in love with a Noble sea captain.

Not bad, but not for me.
joyce g
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you Goodreads for providing the opportunity to read and review this bookI was pleasantly surprised, as I was enjoying the story I was learning historical details.
Patti Peterson
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what a great read i was not able to put it down . the author D.A. Brittain was able to keep me engaged throught the whole book
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone, by D.A. Brittain, introduces the idea that during the fall of Judah to Nebuchadnezzar, two princesses escaped and were ultimately smuggled out of the kingdom, escaping certain death from the Babylonian King. Led by the Prophet Jeremiah, both girls struggle with accepting their destiny and God as they journey across the land from Egypt to places unknown.

What was interesting about this book was the idea that somehow these princesses were ultimately
Legend has it that when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, King Zedekiah's daughter Teia escaped with the Prophet Jeremiah to Egypt and later to Ireland where she married and started a new dynasty. Whether or not this story is a myth, the author did an excellent job of research and storytelling. She depicted well the dangers of life at sea in ancient times. There were a few typos and spelling errors but they did little to distract me from the compelling events of the story. I have few arguments ...more
gj indieBRAG
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

We are proud to announce that JUDAH'S SCEPTER AND THE SACRED STONE by D.A. Brittain is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
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Author D.A. Brittain's Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone is a tale of adventure and romance. Shining light on the story of Princess Teia Tamar, this novel offers a fascinating conclusion to what may have become of the little-known daughter to the last King of Judah. Some theorists believe the princess may have traveled with Jeremiah, the prophet, to Ireland following the overthrow of Judah by Babylon. This novel chronicles Princess Teia's desire to follow the will of Yahweh, and the struggles ...more
Emily Housworth
Apr 30, 2018 is currently reading it
Received today in a Goodreads giveaway. :) review to come when finished.

I really enjoyed the genre! I've never read anything that was Biblical fiction and I found that I liked it a lot. While I was not entirely familiar with the story from the Bible, I could still remember pieces from the Bible. Another sorta interesting thing was the prologue and the epilogue. I will have to say that I strongly disagree with the ending. No one knows when the end of the world is.

I liked some of the characters. Especially the main characters. But I think my favorite
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I won a copy on Goodreads.

Interesting blend of Hebrew and Irish history. I had not heard of the Jacob’s Pillow Stone Legend so this was a nice fictional account. I could have done without the modern elements at the beginning and end of the book as they seemed unnecessary. Overall, an enjoyable story.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok

I have had this review sitting in my draft box for the last week. I really wasn't sure how to word it and I have had a really hard time putting my thoughts about this book out there. That being said, here goes...

I was intrigued by this book. I am a fan of Biblical fiction and am a fan of love stories, so I was looking forward to reading this book. What I found was a story based on the story of two princesses who escaped their kingdom during the fall to the Babylonians. The princesses
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This title blends Scripture with fiction as you follow the journey of the Princess Teia from the destruction of Jerusalem to her ultimate home in the islands of Brittania. Her 'guide' is the prophet, Jeremiah. The telling of this story is 'wrapped' in modern times with the coronation of the new King of England.

Along the way, you get a glimpse into how life would have been as well as a sweet love story that develops. The only section of the story which did not keep my enraptured was the end when
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book begins with the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem and Jeremiah saving the lives of two princesses. From that point on, the story is largely a work of fiction that comes from the author's imagination.

This is an interesting book with well developed characters and details from the time in which they lived. I liked how the author added a lot of internal struggle for the main princess, Teia; D. A. Brittain did a very good job of letting the reader see how difficult it was for Teia to always
Jackie Rogers
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the story of Princess Teia and Eochaid. Takes place during the times of Jeremiah in the old Testament. Is also the search for the stone Jacob used for his head when wrestling with God. Has romance,war, and prophesy. Enjoyed the story and will read this author again. Thanks to Goodreads.
Nathan Albright
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2018
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookCrash.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Given my upbringing and the popularity of stories about the Israelite origin of the people of the British Isles, and the fact that I read the Lebor Gabala as a college student for research, it is perhaps little surprise that I would be intrigued by the history behind this pleasant piece of historical fiction.  While I am not sure that this is a book I would reread on a regular basis, it
Chloe (aka Crystal)
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 17+, mainly because of some inappropriate content as well as romance and interest.
Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews.

This book had been on my tbr list for a while. The cover is just so gorgeous and eye-catching, and the synopsis sounded intriguing. When I got the opportunity to receive this book in exchange for a review, I jumped at it.

Princess Teia was an interesting sort. I have to admit I got extremely annoyed with the damsel-in-distress thing happening with her, and did find it harder to relate with her. But she went through so many tough situati
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
D.A. Brittain’s debut novel features her romanticized version of the Scottish folklore behind British Israelism, which identifies the Stone of Scone, used for the coronations of Scottish kings as the Stone of Jacob. I was expecting more hard history but, perhaps I shouldn’t have expected that considering when I looked up Brittain’s own biography page on her website she writes, “Fairy tales that ended with the words ‘…happily ever after’ were her favorites as a young girl.” Judah’s Scepter and th ...more
Janet Johnson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone" by D.A. Brittain

This is an amazing book by a very talented author. There are a few novels that touch your heart, soul, and mind. This is one of those books.

Princess Teia is surveying the destruction of the land surrounding her home when her life and the lives of her family are threatened in an instant. During the chaos, the royal family is separated. Teia's tutor, Ebed, finds a hiding place for her, but it isn't perfect. Teia nearly burns to de
Bonnie Staughton
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a book I won in the Goodreads Giveaway.

I enjoyed this book and following the journey from Jerusalem to what sounded like Ireland with the prophet Jeremiah and Princess Teia to fulfill her destiny. The descriptions of the towns they stopped in, the people they met and the methods they traveled enhanced the story line.

However at Chapter 44 it seemed like the story "sped up" and I thought I had lost part of the book. Things moved so much faster than the rest of the book and the mood was
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical
Brittain clearly knows her biblical history; it shows through on every page. Judah's Scepter wasn't quite what I was expecting, as I thought this was going to be mostly focused on the couple. There's a good deal of background about the religious happenings and political maneuvering of the day, some of them bloody. I struggled with some of the detailed explanations because I wasn't familiar with the players and I did do some skimming here and there because of that. Some story threads never felt q ...more
Maree Gray
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to win this book on Goodreads but that has in no way influenced my review.

What an amazing tale this is. I was hooked right from the start and would think about the chapters I had just read for hours to come. The story moves along at a good pace, with descriptions so vivid that I felt like I was there with the characters throughout their travels and ordeals.

Being a Catholic myself I found drawn to the characters and was familiar with with many of the
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was captivating and thought provoking as to idol worship practices in the Old Testament. Jeremiah, the prophet is a main character and artistic license taken did not harm the story, but provides humanity to him. He was caretaker to two young sisters for a couple of years as they had to flee their homeland because Jerusalem was under siege. The story takes the reader sailing, sometimes across very stormy seas, to different lands. It is here you learn different cultures and pagan worship ...more
Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
* I received a copy from BookCrash for review. This does not affect my review.*

Such an interesting read! While I don't recommend this to someone looking for a dramatization of the true events of the Bible, this was a wonderful...retelling or sorts? It definitely goes off the script but it done in a tactful and exciting way. Reading this more as a Historical Fiction with Christian influences, I truly loved this book! It somewhat reminds me of the type of writing used in The Progeny by
Vicki Terrinoni
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I want to thank D.A. Brittain & Goodreads for giving me a copy of this book, along with personalize note to me from the author. I loved it! The descriptions and the settings were amazing: the landscapes, temples, foods, and smells. There were plenty of surprising twists that I didn't see coming. I loved seeing how God's hand was with Teia even when she felt like He wasn't there. What seemed to her like set backs was really just God at work, making sure that she was where she needed to be at ...more
Helen Hollick
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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(4 stars for the story - alas 2 for the incorrect historical research)

"What a pity Ms Brittain did not extend her obvious love of Biblical research to the factual research of the period. However, this was a story I enjoyed... It is a novel that will have appeal to readers who relish the retelling of Biblical tales."
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a really interesting dive into a part of Biblical history / folklore that I didn't know much about. I appreciated the author's take on this aspect of Judah's history and, though the book had its share of grammatical faults, I was entertained throughout.

Thanks to Goodreads for the free copy I received in return for this review.
Kristi Duarte
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This book is quite slow and perhaps better suited for readers of romantic literature than historical fiction. The main character Teia is somewhat needy and helpless which makes it difficult to root for her. But I do like the idea of the Israelite tribes living in Ireland, something I hadn't heard about before, and the writing was good, although there were tons of typos.
Susan Preston
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book fascinating until the 'Irish' section. Here it seemed the author jumped at least a century forward in time. The type of castle she describes is a medieval castle, not one from 587 BC (when she dated the section.)
The use of modern north-American phraseology was a little off-putting as well. That I could have overlooked, but not the total jump through at least 1000 years.
Russell Howen
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone" is a quasi-historical read with Biblical history interspersed with Scriptural texts, giving the reader an opportunity to enjoy the story about a princess of Judah and an Irish prince. Romance, action, history, religion - it's all there in this book by D.A. Brittain.
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D. A. Brittain writes adventure-filled stories that illustrate biblical truth through compelling and realistic characters. In addition to being a passionate student of the Bible and ancient history, she has traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East, giving her the opportunity to research and explore the land, historic sites, and larger-than-life heroes and heroines appearing in Judah's Scepte ...more
“The archbishop placed a purple-velvet-bound Bible in the king’s fingers, then prayed:
‘Our gracious King, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords.
Here is wisdom. This is the royal law. These are the lively Oracles of God.”
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