Title: The Prince’s Psalm
Author: Eric Shaw Quinn
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Page Count: 480
Reviewed by: A.O. Chika
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
1 Samuel 18:1 & 3: “And it came to pass… that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.”
David not only slew Goliath, he won the heart of Prince Jonathan, heir to the throne of Israel. They were star-crossed warrior lovers whose passionate affair changed history and gave rise to the nation of Israel, a legacy that has endured for 3,000 years. Their epic love story stands at the center of a religious tradition that shaped the world.
But Jonathan and David were also two men torn between duty and tradition, driven by their undeniably passionate and physical love for one another. Who were they beyond the historical facts given in the Bible? What were they like—as men? This modern-day novel tells the story of Israel’s first king and the man who captured his heart.
Amazing storytelling skills, the Author took the story of David and turned it into a masterpiece.
The first part of the book explored David’s childhood, his relationship with Micah as well as his relationship with his family- mostly with his Eldest brother Eliab.
I loved the family dynamics and I admit to laughing when Jesse honestly forgot David was one of his sons when Samuel asked to see all his sons. I loved Eliab and David’s fight, as someone who fought with my brothers a lot I could certainly relate. Their relationship was bittersweet, but I could relate to David not wanting to be under Eliab’s authority just because he was the eldest and held the highest authority in the household after their parents.
I loved Micah and watching him die was painful, I knew the story was going to be focused on David and Jonathan’s relationship and that Micah would have to leave the picture somehow, still I hoped it wouldn’t be like that.
David and Micah’s relationship, like all first loves was short and sweet but no less memorable. They had a lot of firsts, and I don’t mean the romantic or sexual aspects of their relationship. They trained ate and fought together. They were friends and brothers and eventually it evolved into something more without the dynamics changing. Their relationship came so naturally, almost like it was meant to be. Dammit Eric Shaw Quinn why did you kill Micah!
When Micah grew distant, I wasn’t sure whether to be sad or to laugh at the songs David composed God his mother was so done! I could see the look of silent frustration on her face and I really couldn’t help but laugh despite the sadness.
The book was so beautiful that I doubted it could get any better and then Jonathan came in. From their first meeting, the chemistry was there, the atmosphere was charged and God I kept squealing! I mean from the first meeting, Jonathan called him “My Prince” with a teasing smile on his face.
David and Jonathan’s relationship was more “mature” and developed than David’s relationship with Micah, I think it was because of the Way, Saul’s meddling, Patiel and Davis’s wife. That last part hurt to type.
I loved the oath and the exchange of rings, I love the symbolism of their relationship with the stars. Everything was so perfect! Even though I had read the bible and knew how it was going to end, the Author created his intricate web of emotions, tensions and suspense and I was happily lost in it.
Jonathan’s death HURTS so fucking bad. I couldn’t help but be angry at the Author even though I knew it was going to happen. I’ve never really looked into David ad Jonathan’s relationship until now and damn I missed a lot.
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