Review: Ismeni by Tosca Lee

Earlier this month, I reviewed The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee (click here to see my review). The novel tells the story about the Queen of Sheba’s life. Overall, I found the book fascinating–which is fitting since the Queen of Sheba is actually pretty interesting despite how little is known about her.

A few days ago, I saw a post from Tosca Lee announcing that an eShort prelude to The Legend of Sheba was released. The short story covers the life of Bilqis’s (the Queen of Sheba) mother and sets the stage for the book centered around Bilqis.

Currently, the ebook is free on Amazon and you can click here to get your copy. The Legend of Sheba will be available September 9.

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**I am writing this review from my own personal copy of this book. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.**

A mysterious beauty, a destiny set in the stars. Born under an inauspicious sign, young Ismeni is feared by her own people. The single thing she prays for: to live an invisible life. But that is not to be for the young woman who has captured the attention of the king’s youngest son. A story of love, passion, and twists of fate through the eyes of the woman who will one day give birth to the legendary Queen of Sheba.

Ismeni was a quick read (about 30 minutes) and I found it quite a bit easier than The Legend of Sheba. Perhaps having already read the novel, I had a background idea of who the gods were that they were making sacrifices to and had a bit of knowledge already about Ismeni’s story.

Tosca Lee quickly creates a bond between the reader and Ismeni. As a young girl, she is ostracized for not other reason than being born under the wrong star. The rest of the story shows her close bond with a friend and the desire the king has for her.

While the story isn’t overly plot driven, it does set the stage nicely for some of the events that occurs in The Legend of Sheba.

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