Continuing her biblical series, Edghill reimagines the story of Solomon and Sheba as one of intrigue, politics and feminism. Here, it's told by Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, and Baalit, Solomon's teenage daughter.

With both her daughter and granddaughter dead, Bilqis needs a female heir to lead Sheba after her death. Following the goddess' command she travels north to Israel and Solomon's court. Solomon, concerned about the constant quarreling among his wives, wishes it were possible for his daughter, Baalit, to succeed him as ruler. She has the quiet wisdom his country needs, but unlike Sheba, Israel must have a male leader.

Baalit dreams of a life where she can save her people. When Bilqis meets with Solomon, she realizes Baalit is the answer to her quest and sets out to convince the king to allow his daughter to return with her to Sheba. But Solomon's head wife and adviser plot to destroy their plan.

A powerful and unique take on the biblical story, Wisdom's Daughter brings readers into the biblical world through a feminist perspective. Edghill's strong female characters, good and evil, leave their mark on history and on us. Edghill opens new vistas for readers and makes us think more about the matriarchs, not just the patriarchs, of the Bible. Brava! SWEET (Oct., 432 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin