The Grip Of God by Rebecca Hazell – Review & Giveaway

The Grip Of God

The Grip Of God – Book Review

Attention, historical fiction fans. If you love sweeping sagas set in eras and lands that you don’t read about every day – if you love being the first in your literary circle to bring a new author to light – if you love stories so grand that a single book can’t contain them – then I have a story for you!

The Grip Of God by Rebecca Hazell – Book One in The Tiger And The Dove Trilogy – is an epic tale that takes place in the 13th century, during the time of the Mongolian invasions. This chilling quote from Genghis Khan sets the tone for the book:

If you had not committed great sins,
God would not have sent punishment like me upon you.

The central character in this book is Princess Sofia of the Kievan Rus – who we first meet as a rather high-spirited, spoiled 12 year old living a life of luxury in her father’s palace. Little does she know how drastically her life is about to change…

When Sofia is taken prisoner during an invasion and forced to become a slave girl and concubine to a brutal young captain in the enemy’s army, she is forced to muster every bit of cunning and resourcefulness she has in order to survive. She must also learn new ways of thinking in order to adapt to the new culture that surrounds her.

The Grip Of God isn’t a quaint bedside novel for the faint of heart. It’s gritty – seamy – often depicting the darker side of human nature, life, and spirituality.

If you don’t mind these things – Rebecca brings this rarely written about era to life with compelling characters and vivid prose. The Grip Of God is a fascinating book. Start reading it now, so that you’ll be ready for Books 2 and 3 when they release in the near future!

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

What Others Are Saying About This Book

“How deftly and compellingly Hazell takes the reader with her into that mysterious and exotic world, and makes it all seem so very close to hand!”
Peter Conradi, Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Literature and author of Iris Murdoch: A Life

“I enjoyed watching her morph from a spoiled sheltered princess with slaves of her own, into a tough, savvy survivor, with a new awareness of social injustice. The book is action packed. I couldn’t put it down.
An Amazon Reviewer

“I got completely caught up in the characters and story and always looked forward to getting back to them. What a fully fleshed and fascinating world you developed and it was wondrous to learn so much about that time and the Mongol culture. Your gifts come out in your lush descriptions of place and objects. All very vivid and colorful.” Author Dede Crane Gaston

The Grip Of God is available both in paperback and Kindle versions and through your local bookstore by special order. The subsequent two novels in the trilogy are scheduled for publication later this year.

About Rebecca Hazell

Rebecca Hazell

Rebecca Hazell is an award-winning artist, author and educator who has written, illustrated and published four non-fiction children’s books, created best selling educational filmstrips, designed educational craft kits for children and even created award winning needlepoint canvases.

Rebecca is also a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage who holds an honors BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history.

Rebecca lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1988 she and her family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2006 she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island. They live near their two adult children in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.

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2014 Tour Schedule:

Monday, February 17
Review at Must Read Faster

Tuesday, February 18
Guest post/giveaway at Must Read Faster

Friday, February 21
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

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Review/giveaway at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, February 26
Review at A Rose in the City

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Review/Giveaway at Book Drunkard

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Guest Post at Book Drunkard

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Review at She is Too Fond of Books

Thursday, March 6
Spotlight/Giveaway at Celticlady’s Reviews

Friday, March 7
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Monday, March 10
Guest post/Review/Giveaway at Lost in Books

Tuesday, March 11
Guest Post at The True Book Addict

Thursday, March 13
Review/giveaway at Create with Joy
Review/Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Friday, March 14
Guest post/giveaway at HF Book Muse- News
Guest post/giveaway/review at Le Vanity Victorienne

The Grip Of God – Giveaway

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12 Responses to “The Grip Of God by Rebecca Hazell – Review & Giveaway”

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  1. Laura Pol says:

    Wow sounds like an interesting novel! I haven’t heard of the author before!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Laura,

      This was my first introduction to Rebecca as well! This is her first adult novel (she has written a few children’s books, I believe).
      If you have a Kindle, be sure to enter the Giveaway. It’s the first novel I’ve come across that’s written about this era!

  2. Rebecca Hazell says:

    Many thanks for the great review!

    Yes, I wrote 4 books for young readers, 3 of which received awards or honours, and one of which was distributed world wide by Mercy Corp.

    Rebecca Hazell

  3. Michelle Miller
    Twitter: truebookaddict

    I’m finally getting a moment to stop by! Terrific review, Ramona. I’m so glad you liked the book and I can’t wait for you to read the next two. Thanks again for taking the time to be on the tour. I know you’ve been having rough times. You are a true gem. 🙂

  4. Denise Duvall says:

    I follow by Goodreads, Twitter@DeniseDuvall2, and Bloglovin’.
    Kievan Rus and the Tartars belong to a very dark and violent part of European history. It’s the part of the globe, where my family is from. This is what makes the book interesting.

  5. Mary Preston says:

    The Genghis Khan quote is indeed chilling. What a world. Fascinating period in history though.

    Mary Preston

    Email Subscriber: marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  6. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    This looks fascinating! I’m curious how young you think a child could handle reading this. As it’s about a 12-year old, do you think a 12-year old reader could handle it? I’m currently piecing together a history curricula for our family to study less well-known time periods of history, so I’m wondering if this would be a possibility for jr. high or high school perhaps? Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week!


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