Garden of Madness by Tracy L. Higley
My rating; 3.5 stars
Amazon.com rating: 4.5 stars
"The Untold Story of King Nebuchadnezzar's Daughter"...
Despite the luxurious life of privilege afforded a daughter of Babylon, Tiamat yearns for more-- adventure, the chance to make a real difference, not simply to be a bartering piece in her mother's games of manipulation and deceit.
As the king roams the hanging gardens of Babylon like a mad beast, a dark plot is underway in the shadows of the palace, and Tiamat may be the only thing standing between her family and utter downfall, but is she willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the ones she loves? And what of this One God her deceased husband's brother speaks of, and the claims of the Prophet Belteshazzar that "The time of the prophecy is upon us"? Are the God's Tia has always trusted truly demons in disguise?
Garden of Madness is a rich story that transports the reader to a time nearly forgotten, the time of Babylon the Great. The story is steeped in mystery and dark plots, crafty magi and brutal murder. The pace was a bit sluggish and I had a very difficult time liking the male protagonist, even after his change of heart, and I felt that not everything pertaining to the Jewish faith was theologically sound, but I did enjoy this book, and appreciated that it was clean, if somewhat violent.