King Solomon’s Wives
Rating: 4 stars
The two thousand descendants of King Solomon’s ancient harem have the ultimate power of seduction: Their very touch is as addictive as any drug.
But that power comes at a price: Wives die giving birth. They can only bear daughters. They are only fertile until the age of twenty-four.
Hunted for hundreds of generations by men who crave their touch and fear its power, the Wives have kept themselves safe by following three simple rules:
-A Wife shall have no meaningful relationships outside the clan.
-A Wife’s addictive touch may be used only for procreation or to protect the clan.
-A Wife shall sacrifice herself for her daughter at the age of twenty-four.
But tonight, the rules have been broken, and someone must pay.
In the blistering first episode of KING SOLOMON’S WIVES, we meet Sumarra on the night she plans to conceive. Instead, she and the other wives find themselves under attack from a group of male hunters, intent on destroying them.
Sumarra has always broken small rules and indulged rebellious tendencies. Now that the Wives have been found, her defiance will either be their salvation or her own undoing.
King Solomon’s Wives by Holly McDowell was a really neat read. It was a cool blend of the past caught up in the action of the present and I really enjoyed!
King Solomon’s Wives was such a unique idea. I loved learning more about the Wives and their history. The book had a lot of flashbacks of memories from Wives who had already passed on, so that was neat seeing the origins of their way of life. I did wish sometimes the flashbacks were a bit shorter, as the length made things seem a bit disjointed from the present day story line at time.
The stakes are high in this one and it was so much fun to read. Holly McDowell really raises a lot of questions in this one that I am anxious to find out the answers. I really also enjoyed Holly McDowell‘s prose.
The characters were a really interesting mix. They had all grown up in this same society, but they all were so different from one another. I really like Sumarra – she was so defiant and strong. I also liked Mina a lot and I hope to see more of her in future installments.
I cannot wait for the next installment of the story, as this one was so good! And the ending was an absolute killer, which made me even more excited for the next book! I highly recommend King Solomon’s Wives as it was a great read on a totally new idea.