Michal loves him, Tobiah yearns to fight for him, and Mara inadvertently witnesses an attempt against his life. When David, son of Jesse, enters Saul’s service, it forever alters history and lives.

Tobiah ben Caleb didn’t know what Samuel meant when he anointed David to be a “captain in Israel.” He certainly didn’t expect his cousin to become a king’s harpist or slay a Philistine giant; but when Tobiah follows David to Gibeah, he gets more than he bargained for. First he loses his heart to a beautiful girl, next he nearly loses his life.

Mara bat Gideon has been Michal’s companion and maidservant for as long as she can remember. And, for as long as she can remember, she has bowed to her cousin’s ceaseless demands. Now the moody princess has charged Mara with the uncomfortable task of spying on David — an assignment which will lead to unexpected romance.

As Mara and Tobiah’s feelings for each other deepen, treachery and intrigue threaten to tear them apart. Saul has arranged a deadly trap to destroy David and Tobiah, and Mara’s father intends to give her as a concubine to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son.

Can faith in God keep Mara and Tobiah together? Or does God have other plans for them? One thing is certain – it will take His power to save their hearts and preserve their lives.

(Formerly published as REIGN OF KINGS)

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ALEX CHAPPELL received a B.A. from Brigham Young University and M.Ed. degrees from Western Governors University and BYU. He has studied modern and Biblical Hebrew, is currently studying New Testament Greek, and enjoys researching and writing biblical fiction. He is the author of JOSEPH & ASENATH, A CAPTAIN IN ISRAEL, DAUGHTERS OF ROME, and SONS OF ROME.

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