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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Woman of Flames by Kim Stokely is a well written historical fiction which will enthrall readers with its imagery, passion, and story line. Deborah is a gifted child and from childhood she has this task of convincing people around her that she is special and it is God's will that she is the spiritual leader of Israel. She grows in stature and power and the only person who stands in her way is the General of the Canaanite army, Sisera. He succeeds in capturing Deborah and finds himself drawn to her beauty and power. Will Deborah be able to resist the temptation and be able to save her country and set her people free?
The compelling theme that revolves around a biblical character is not boring; instead it will draw readers with its bold depiction of the triumphs and terrors in the ancient world. The characters are well defined and their relationships with each other are also portrayed strongly and with a lot of clarity. The story will excite readers on many levels. The battle stories, life in Israel in those days, the everyday life, their food habits and culture, and the relevant characters are fascinating and keep readers glued to the book until the end.
The imagery is wonderful. The author has masterfully written the physical battles and the emotional battles inside Deborah and woven them together, making it more dramatic metaphorically. Readers who like historical characters, The Old Testament stories, and Biblical women will love this book. This compelling historical fiction will keep you riveted with its powerful story line, wonderful imagery, and rich passion.