by Joanne Williamson
It is around 701 BC and Egypt is being ruled by the Kushite dynasty. Young Prince Taharka, interested in healing, is content to be the very minor royal son he is and leave the ruling to others. However, it is he and not the expected Prince Shabataka was succeeds to the throne of Kush and Egypt - a "divine" rulership - and he is no longer free to live his own life. Then a treacherous plot, long brewing, forces him to fly for his life.
Far from home, in the land of Judea, Taharka encounters two kings in conflict. One is the mighty Assyrian, Sennacherib, promising alliance; the other is Hezekiah, the Jew who trust in Yahweh. Taharka, his own fate and that of his land in the balance, must choose with whom to live or die.
701 B. C.