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Isaiah's Legacy

(Prophets and Kings #3)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  102 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 tutoring King
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: 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
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 ...more
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


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
Nay Denise
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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 ...more
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
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
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 Isiah’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
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 ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
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
Cheryl Wood
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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 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
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.
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
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
Becca-Rae Weidel
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness, I've found another one that I'm not sure I have the words to do it justice. After devouring the prequel to this story Isaiah's Daughter, I simply couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. It took my emotions on a rollercoaster ride I couldn't have prepared for. Unlike his father Hezekiah, Manasseh worshiped many false gods instead of the one and only Yahweh.

God allowed a lot of evil during Nasseh's reign. It's easy to look at the circumstances and wish that God would have smote him
Emma Filbrun
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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I very much struggled with reading this book, for at least halfway through it. As Shulle learned sorcery and worked to turn Nassah away from the true God to the starry host, I did not want to go on—in fact, if I hadn't requested a review copy of this book I would not have finished it. I kept thinking of the verse in Deuteronomy 12:30 where God commanded his people not to ask how other nations served their gods. The book felt very dark and horrible. Once I reached the 60-70% mark, however, there ...more
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
Isaiah's Legacy is another wonderful biblical fiction by the talented Mesu Andrews! I loved and enjoyed this story of the Prophets and Kings Series immensely! The creative mind of Andrews continues to marvel me - the spellbinding plot, endearing characters, beautiful prose, while staying true to Scriptures - are all the goodness in Isaiah's Legacy.

“Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Isaiah’s Legacy is a Christian historical fiction novel by author Mesu Andrews.

The novel opens at Jotboh, Judah ~ 693 BC., seven years before Hezekiah’s prophesied death. The question this novel begs to ask is: Is Yahweh the only true God.

This heart-wrenching novel helps the reader understand biblical history. Although it would be beneficial to have some background knowledge of the Bible before reading it. The author has done a wonderful job in her research and bringing to light the lives of
Conny Reviews
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“I thought we wanted to make Judah better. Teach Nasseh about the true gods that could make him the greatest king in Judah’s history,” a confused Shulle considers in Mesu Andrew’s novel, Isaiah’s Legacy: A Novel of Prophets and Kings.

~ What ~
The third book in the series, this four-hundred-page paperback targets those who enjoy Biblical historical fiction involving King Manasseh, Israel’s Old Testament king whose reign of terror forced Jews to worship and sacrifice to other gods. Containing no
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The first thing to say about this book is that it seems to be very biblically and historically accurate. Mesu Andrews has definitely done her research! You feel like you really are witnessing the rise and fall of kings during the days before Jesus walked the earth- a good thing, in that it's informative and interesting at the same time, but, as I'll explain more later, it can also be a bad thing.

Meshullemeth's story starts out when she's only eight years old, and she's such a sweet, adorable,
Nay Denise
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 ...more

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