This book is beautifully written. The tragic lives of Saul, Jonathan and David are intertwined as they battle through a very bloody age in the Bible. The internal struggle between God's will, filial duty and Jonathan's own personal and sensitive beliefs are well balanced and help the reader to feel deep sympathy for this fairly small character in the Bible.
I am not a lover of war, but it is something that is built into mankind. This novel represents a balanced look at man's everlasting need to battle to cling and protect their homeland.