After a host of light fiction, women's fiction and romance, this was just right. A book which was like an autobiography of one of the greatest historical figures ever - David of Israel.
I myself did not know of David's ancestry or his rise to fame and fortune and greatness. From being a shepherd boy herding his father's sheep in obscurity, to be propelled to greatness had to have a hand of fate. It just had to be!
The story charts his rise from a simple boy then someone who becomes a soldier much loved guardian of the King, then thrust into kinghood, just and kind, mighty and good, then murderous and machiavellian, cunning and everything that he should not have been.
His many marriages, some political, some of the heart added a lot of interest to the story. The many sons he had created problems from the start as one knew divisions would arise when a kingdom of this stature was at stake. How the break up happened, how he lost it all is detailed in this book. The past history of David is derived from three sources - as told to Natan and as he wrote it down. That gives a faithful account of history upto that point. The future is still to come and that was what Natan saw and dreaded.
The story told from the point of Natan, a seer and prophet, one who was loved and trusted by the King and the heartache of Natan who knew what was coming was very sensitively told.
This was a book that could not be read quickly. You had to savor the read as it was very intense.
Sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group UK for an unbiased review.