Star of Persia (Esther’s Story) by Jill Eileen Smith {Book Review}

About the book:

In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.

My thoughts on this book:

I absolutely loved this book! Jill Eileen Smith really has a way of drawing you into her books. I really felt like I was there in that moment, in that time period. There was not one dull moment. It was full of action, romance and intrigue. I really enjoyed reading about Esther. She was such a brave and strong woman, and this book really portrayed that. I absolutely recommend it. Jill Eileen Smith has quickly become a favorite author of mine. Go get this book! You won’t regret it! πŸ˜€

About the Author:

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and Daughters of the Promised Land, as well as The Heart of a King and the nonfiction book When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at

I received an advance copy for my honest review. This book is available on, as well as other retailers like and Barnes & Noble.

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