GARDEN OF MADNESS
Higley gives readers a dose of biblical history set in King Nebuchadnezzar’s palatial gardens and a character like no other in Tiamat, devoted daughter of a king gone mad. The author’s insights into a woman’s inner strength as she searches for the one true God will leave readers rejoicing.
Tiamut, the king’s daughter, is freed from a treaty marriage when her husband dies, but she must be betrothed to someone who will bring land and safety to the kingdom. Queen Amytis wishes her cousin to marry Tia. Tia learns some of the kingdom’s secrets, including one about her own birth. She finds the king’s counselor, Daniel, and begins to seek the strength to risk everything. (THOMAS NELSON, May, 400 pp., $9.99)