The God of Mists and Shrouds

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An orphaned Hebrew princess disguises herself as an exiled peasant. A Babylonian slave chooses between the courage that could save her and despair over the love she has lost. A sorceress discovers the truth behind the origins of her dark power. The consequences of the masters they choose will reverberate through generations. More

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About Maria Keffler

Maria Keffler lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and three children. She writes for and performs with the LaughingFlock, a local comedy troupe; reluctantly holds an office in the school PTO; and is trying to learn how to make dinner without the smoke detector finding out about it.

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Review by: Anne Hammond on May 21, 2012 :
Keffler's ability to inspire through the written word is revealed in this rich historical work. The characters come to life reflecting the depth and perplexity of human nature. However, it is not only their individual journeys and relationships that holds one's interest, but also each part they play on a grander scale as Keffler weaves the story together from a historical and spiritual perpective. I was simultaneously educated and entertained as I read this novel and look forward with anticipation to reading Keffler's next work.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kristen Coulon on Feb. 21, 2012 :
This was a deeply moving and highly enjoyable read. The pages turned themselves - I couldn't put it down until the very last page. I was very impressed with Keffler's historical research, being very much drawn into her evocative and vibrant portrayal of life in Babylon during Israel's exile. The characters were complex and compelling - Keffler allowed them to take a life of their own and, though at times tragic, I wasn't disappointed in the journey each of them took.

In addition, and of more consequence to me, the act of observing the spiritual journey of Keffler's main characters was quite revealing. I experienced a renewal of hope and faith that I did not expect while reading about Ziona and Parva. It was the vision of the supernatural undercurrents in their lives that put my own experiences in an eternal perspective. Frankly, it reminded me that in addition to my own free will/choice, there is a supernatual dimension to the doubts I have and the barriers that exist between myself and God. I feel that remembered thus, I will have the tools I need to better address this spiritual warfare. Thank you to the author and I look forward to her next piece of work!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Abigail Knutson on Feb. 21, 2012 :
It's a finely crafted, historically detailed narrative filled with diverse characters and supernatural struggles. Keffler isn't afraid to draw her characters with bold strokes and she tackles conflicting worldviews with the same intensity that she crafts sentences about a young boy struggling to find his words. At times poetic, at times sweeping, the book balances a host of unique personalities, some more convincingly drawn than others. Intertwining plot lines, biblical allusions, and just enough foreshadowing reward an attentive reader with an informative and engaging read. An impressive work by a debut novelist, this book leaves Keffler's readers wondering where she will land in her next novel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jen Smoker on Feb. 21, 2012 :
I have never contemplated the wide spread effects of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar until now. Keffler does a great job of mingling many levels of characters dealing with exile and the impending fall of Babylon - plus she adds intrigue, vanity, hope, demons, angels, and the ever present soul searching questions asked by people of every period in history. Use the character guide in the back and enjoy some time mingling among surprisingly human ancients. I enjoyed the trip immensely and hope you do too!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nanette Allen on Jan. 25, 2012 :
This was a page turner from the beginning. I couldn't put it down and was deeply moved by the story and each character.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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