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Isaiah's Legacy

(Prophets and Kings #3)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  203 reviews
The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter .

At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle's help tutor
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Waterbrook Press
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Gracie It can absolutely be read as a standalone! I believe having read Isaiah's Daughter might have given you a more in-depth perspective on the characters,…moreIt can absolutely be read as a standalone! I believe having read Isaiah's Daughter might have given you a more in-depth perspective on the characters, but it is not necessary. (And Of Fire and Lions is not hugely related)(less)

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I am convinced that Mesu Andrews cannot write a bad book. Every book I have read of hers have blown me away, and this book was no exception. She has a way of drawing me into the story right away and making me feel like I am in the story.

I adored Isaiah's Daughter, it was actually the first book I read by Mesu Andrews, and it made me go on a reading spree of her books. I was so excited when I learned there was sequel of that book. I was hooked from the first page and she left me wanting more! I
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow.

This was my first read of 2020, and it completely blew me away. Isaiah's Legacy is a story of redemption. It is a story of brokenness and evil beyond belief, and the God whose love, compassion, and power changed everything.

This story meant so much to me for a variety of different reasons. I think we all have that person in our lives that for one reason or another turns away from us. Refuses to accept love. And at times it's tempting to give up. To forget that God promised to fight
Deanne Patterson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is my first read by Mesu Andrews and I can see why her books are rated so highly after reading this one.
Very well written and it's obvious the author did a lot of research to bring us this book.
The Old Testament comes alive on these pages . She brings the biblical times to life and with her descriptiveness you can imagine how it was back then.
I enjoyed reading the scripture incorporated within the story.
Biblical fiction at it's finest, couldn't read this fast enough and look forward to the
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you WaterBrook & Multnomah for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Isaiah's Legacy
A Novel Of Prophets And Kings #3
By: Mesu Andrews

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Admittedly, my biblical knowledge is limited. Isaiah 's Legacy is the story of the cruelest king in the history of Judah, Manasseh. This story is much darker than I anticipated, but of course, I didn't know much about this era in the first place. Although fictional, the story is very informative, and
In Isaiah’s Legacy we pick up the story after Isaiah’s Daughter ended, within the last 15 years of Hezekia’s reign. We meet some old characters again, but don‘t worry, if you haven’t read the first book this can very well be read as a standalone, all the important information is included (for people who have read the first book like me it’s also very nice to have a little refreshment on who’s who again lol!). We follow Shulle, a young girl who starts as devout Jew, but is manipulated and blackma ...more
Erin Laramore
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow - what a story! One thing I love about biblical fiction is how it brings the scriptures to life for me. When I next read that passage, I will see it in a new light. This book was definitely one of those. This book follows Manasseh, the wickedest king in Judah's history (and whose father was one of the most righteous kings in Judah's history). Ms. Andrews came across the fact that Manasseh had a profound knowledge of the Torah and could interpret Leviticus a number of ways and this drew her t ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Get ready to see the Old Testament come to life between these pages.
Andrews has got a way to bring the Bible to life like no other Fiction author.
You are going to love this story, and see the love of God.
I flew through this one and I am dying to read Andrews next Biblical fiction book.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shulle is a special eight-year old girl. She has lived with her father in a small village and has helped him navigate his life as an autistic person. Naturally her Uncle Shebna thought of her and brought her to Jerusalem to help Manasseh grow in to the young king he needs to be when his father, King Hezekiah, passes away in ten years as Yahweh has decreed. Sadly, Shebna's guidance isn't as altruistic as it appears at first and Shulle is guided into an entirely different life as she helped educat ...more
Nay Denise
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorite, arcs
Received an ARC from the author for review.

My God...I finished this book on the 9th of December, but I couldn't write this review until close to midnight on the 10th. This was an epic follow-up to Isaiah's Daughter! Mesu has crafted such a heart-wrenching story. You will cry, get angry, shout, yell, laugh and feel warm while reading this beauty! I'm still frazzled in trying to type this review out.

Where do I even begin. The use of scripture was excellent. You could definitely feel all the resear
Mesu Andrews is one of my go-to authors for biblical fiction. Her stories encourage me to dig deeper into my study of the Old Testament and its prophets. While I acknowledge her books are a work of fiction, she does not deviate from the biblical account. Her works are three-pronged: inspired by the biblical account, historical research and her gift of storytelling.

Her heart for glorifying God through storytelling is apparent in this story of one of the most evil kings of Judah, Manasseh. Yet Go
Maureen Timerman
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
A book that quickly became a page-turner, what an excellent job the author did of transporting me to biblical times and the time of Israel’s most horrific king. This book is the sequel to Isaiah’s Daughter, but can definitely be read alone.
When the book opens we meet a young Manasseh, whom today would probably be called autistic, that is my guess.
We find Satan working hard here, and evil is everywhere, and corrupting a young girl who worms her way into the heart of this young man.
What a tale the
Wendy Park
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Isaiah's Legacy" continues the remarkable story Mesu Andrews began in "Isaiah's Daughter." It takes the reader through the dark days of the reign of King Manasseh (Nasseh) of Judah, considered to be one of the most wicked kings in Jewish history. The novel seamlessly weaves Biblical history, verifiable historical fact, and extra-Biblical legends into a novel that is not to be missed.

The story of Manasseh is one few have ever tackled. What makes this novel stand out is that it lifts the curtain
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'd give this book a 10 star if that was possible.

“Everyone dies, precious Bekira, and we all leave a legacy. The question is, Does our legacy speak Yahweh’s truth to those who follow?”

I am rarely speechless. Somehow I always know what to say and if I can't say it, my body language expresses it.
But after reading this book I didn't have words for it. I was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed in a good way. I was overwhelmed by the undeserved, pursuing love of God. More than any book I have read, Isaiah's L
After reading 'Of Fire and Lions' and now this third book, Isaiah's Legacy, in her Prophets and Kings series, I can most certainly say I am a fan of Mesu Andrews.

A rich, vivid piece of storytelling. Again, all I can say is simply magnificent 💖!

My thanks to NetGalley, the publishers WaterBrook and Multnomah and the author for the e-Arc of the book.

This book was published on February 18, 2020.

Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A King must be captured by Yahweh to be truly free.

A gripping Old Testament historical fiction based on King Manasseh of Judea. The only son of King Hezekiah. Some background on King Hezekiah, his death was foretold by the prophet Isaiah. King Hezekiah had pleaded with the Lord to extend his life and thru Isaiah was told that his life would be extended for 15 years. King Hezekiah did not question the Lord in this revelation but saw it as God's glory to lead his people in his ways. Hezekiah had
Jennifer K
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrews is an incredibly creative storyteller while still honoring biblical history. Her story of this Old Testament prodigal had me turning pages while ignoring my housework. While the plot thickened, the characters had caught my attention. I found it interesting that several of her characters have autism, including her high functioning main character. As these characters struggled at times to navigate their environments, sometimes they were surrounded by people who loved them, appreciated ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Isaiah’s Legacy, the third installment in the A Novel of Prophets and Kings series by Mesu Andrews, follows in a grand tradition of inspired biblical fiction that enlightens as it carries the reader to Judah for a turbulent ride through the reign of King Manasseh. A thoroughly researched and well crafted novel, but not an easy one to read, it examines a level of spiritual darkness and depravity that is often danced about, implied, but rarely addressed directly. However, these issues are very rea ...more
“We learn the Truth in daylight so we can walk in darkness.”

Every time I pick up a Mesu Andrews book, I am astounded by her melodic poetry and the way she brings the characters and settings of the Bible to vivid, touchable reality. I recently read through the Books of Kings, Chronicles, and Isaiah and gleaned much from my studies but the author’s book paints Manasseh’s life in full color and helped me better understand the political turmoil and pressure during that time period.

The book is divid
I think that authors who write Biblical fiction takes the biggest risk. They take limited information as provided in the Bible and produces a story of fictional depth to the characters an story but still has to stay true to the word. I think Mesu Andrews is one author who gets this right all the time!

Through Isaiah's legacy, she gave life to King Manessah and Shulle. For this reader she produced two characters who were so misguided, you experienced compassion and sorrow for them but also dislike
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I have read all of Mrs. Andrews books and am still in awe of the stories she can create by using what’s in the Bible and what she finds in other historical references. I always learn something when I read her books and this was no exception. This book continues the story of Isaiah’s family, specifically the story of his grandson, King Manasseh, who was one of the most evil rulers of Judah. Because of the things he did and how he was possibly lead to do these horrible things, the book causes a wh ...more
Cheryl Wood
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mesu-audrews
Mesu Andrews has yet again written another outstanding book. The amount of research that the author puts into a book shows, I was pulled into the story from page one. “Isaiah’s Legacy” continues the story that started in “Isaiah’s Daughter.” The author took me through the reign of King Manasseh who was considered one of most wicked kings. Mesu weaves biblical history and historical fact into a book that one should not miss reading.
I prayed for Manasseh that he turns his life to God and learn the
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2020
With her impeccable research Mesu Andrews brings the scripture to life. So much so you can feel the emotions and see the setting as if you were sitting in Judah watching everything take place.

As with all biblical fiction I walk away learning something. I didn’t know much about Manasseh prior to reading this book. I liked that Ms. Andrews took creative license with Manasseh giving him autism. It added a unique twist.

This book is a definite must read for all biblical fiction fans!

Disclaimer: I
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I would not call Mesu Andrew's books an easy read. They are so much more than that and worth it.
It is obvious the thorough research she has to put into each of these wonderful biblical fiction novels. Her stories make me want to go back and read the Bible account or Biblical characters. I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook and Multnomah through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being excellent)
Quality of writing: 5
Pace: 5
Plot development: 5
Characters: 5
Enjoyability: 5
Ease of Reading: 5

Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Sherril Stinnett
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Isaiah’s Legacy is the sequel to Mesu Andrew’s powerful novel, Isaiah’s Daughter, based on the life of Judah’s 13th king, King Hezekiah, found in II Kings in the Bible.
In Isaiah’s Daughter, we meet King Hezekiah (Hezi) and his beautiful wife Queen Hephzibah (Zibah), the adopted daughter of the prophet Isaiah, who became friends and soulmates as young children bonding through trauma. King Hezekiah was one of Judah’s most righteous kings, restoring his kingdom to Yahweh worship after previous kin
Nora St Laurent
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I read, I realized nothing much has changed with society since biblical times. Different people dealing with the same stuff. Can we believe God’s word is true? Can we trust Him? and will He be faithful in fulfilling His promises? Below Nasseh’s mother pours her heart out to God.

“How could Nasseh believe each one was a separate god? The legends of deific squabbles changed with each generation’s retelling. How could her brilliant son believe such far-fetched tales when the simple truth had been
DNF - I decided not to give my review a rating out of fairness since I ended up not reading this in its entirety.

The author does give fair warning that this will be a dark (but then hopeful) read, following one of Judah's evil kings. I'm not against evil being portrayed as evil, but I wasn't comfortable reading about various rituals and dark arts. Reading about these processes gives a visual reader the same sense as being there and observing, and I couldn't shake the sense of oppression that cam
Christine Indorf
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story of the boy kid with autism. Falling in love, with a girl who father suffered with the same fate as the king, she slowly teaches the king her abilities of the dark arts. He eventually marries her. Afraid of childbirth, the king require many women to produce Aires. Easier swayed by other leaders she changes the Hebrews religion to the gods of the dark arts. His wife, after discovering her deception of not having a child, becomes a servant to the queen mother. There she learn about the He ...more
Jolene -
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Isaiah’s Legacy by Mesu Andrews continues the story that began in Isaiah’s Daughter. This moving read brings the Biblical narrative of Manasseh ben Hezekiah’s reign to life using potent characters and smooth prose. However, it’s not a light, feel-good kind of read. Staying true to the Biblical record of this dark time, rampant evil brings tragedy after tragedy. I found the book hard to read due to the content, but the ending satisfied and I’m glad I persevered.

Isaiah’s Legacy will appeal to read
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, hard-copy
When I settled in to read a story about Judah’s most evil king and his once mentioned wife, I wasn’t sure how I would connect with Manessah and Shulle. I shouldn’t have worried. Mesu Andrews knows how to write characters that draw you in, even if you don’t always agree with their actions and decisions. Manipulation and its far-reaching consequences are big part of this story, but it also explores the powers of forgiveness and love. Andrews really nailed it with this story and I’m looking forward ...more
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Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transfor ...more

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