Friday, December 30, 2011

Asenath by Anna Patricio

Two Destinies...One Journey of Love 

In a humble fishing village on the shores of the Nile lives Asenath, a fisherman's daughter who has everything she could want. Until her perfect world is shattered. 
When a warring jungle tribe ransacks the village and kidnaps her, separating her from her parents, she is forced to live as a slave. And she begins a journey that will culminate in the meeting of a handsome and kind steward named Joseph. 
Like her, Joseph was taken away from his home, and it is in him that Asenath comes to find solace…and love. But just as they are beginning to form a bond, Joseph is betrayed by his master’s wife and thrown into prison. 
Is Asenath doomed to a lifetime of losing everything and everyone she loves?

The Review:
My Ranking: 9 out of 10
Ages 16 & up

As many of you know from reading my reviews of other Biblical Fiction, it is one of my favorite genres. I knew I was in for a treat when I picked up Asenath, as it told the story of Joseph's wife, which is something I've thought would make an excellent book for a while now.

The debut book of new author, Anna Patricio, was exceptional. I absolutely loved how much history was packed into it, while at the same time it told the tender, trying story of the wife of Joseph. It was excellent. 
The writing style was smooth and easy to read, though I did find a few scenes to end a bit suddenly. This didn't hinder me from enjoying the story though. For being a debut, it was very well written and impressed me.

Asenath was a great character who was easy to relate to. I really liked watching her and Joseph's relationship develop. The turmoil she goes through during the trials Joseph has to face were heart-wrenching. Patricio did a wonderful job of making her readers ache for her characters. Joseph was also an excellent character who I thought was perfectly created. It wasn't hard at all to like this character.

When taken hostage, one of their captors asks a girl how old she is, and when she replies "nine" he tells her that's perfect and that at the red moon she will become his wife. When she asks what the "red moon" is, the man tells her that another lady will inform her and it is later insinuated that it is her first monthly.

There is a scene where a woman in the next room is being raped. There is no description, only that the girl can hear lots of screams.
When Potipher's wife tries to seduce Joseph, it says she wore a dress that "left almost nothing to the imagination.".
There is one saying of "What in Seth's damnable balls was he thinking?", Seth being a god. 
One scene has a wife joining her husband while he bathes and it says she helped him scrub down. Nothing is described or implied sensually.

There are two uses of the word "b****", both uses frowned upon and one rebuked.
As mentioned above, damnable was also used.

All around, I loved this book and highly recommend it to all lovers of Biblical fiction, or to those of you who would enjoy sitting back and reading a great story set in ancient Egypt. You won't be disappointed!


Anna Patricio said...

Hey, thanks for the nice review! Happy you liked it! And it's good too that you include the sensuality and profanity factors so as to warn readers of your blog that it's not for young people - because I DIDN'T intend it for young people. I intended it for late teens and up, just as you mentioned.

Thank you again and happy new year!

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