Have you ever thought about volunteering to be a slave: metal collar, wrist bands, and shackles, the whole deal? Does that seem preposterous to you?
In a land where everything is double – suns, moons, humanoid species – we are drawn into the life of Keedrina (“Kee”), an Itzi (inferior race) girl. Through her circumstances, she meets the Duke of Latoph and decides her goal in life is to serve him. The Duke is a man of character and integrity, a man worthy of service, but his wife is not–and she hates his slave girls. What happens when slave service is not all the Keedrina dreamed it would be?
Theology: Slaves of God
But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. ~ Romans 6:22 NLT
The Duke’s Handmaid is an evocative metaphor of the freedom that comes with submitting your heart and soul completely to our loving Master. Keedrina is the perfect, willing slave but her master, the Duke, is not perfect. When he miscalculates and is misled, things go very, very wrong for his slaves. What results, is a tale that I couldn’t put down at the beginning and the end, but had to get away from in the middle because it was so emotionally wrenching. I laughed, I cried, but I kept on reading.
PG-13 for adult themes and violence
Bigotry – In Latoph, there are two species– a ruling/noble species (Elva) and a second class species (Itzi). Itzi are believed to be uncultured and ignorant, little better than animals by some Elva. Those that know them realize that there is more to Itzi than some people believe. The book explores racism and intolerance in a fantasy world.
Slavery – Good slave owners, bad slave owners, laws for slavery (based on Leviticus 25, including Years of jubilee), and penalties for disobedience
Told with an air of formality, otherworldliness and Count of Monte Cristo overtones, this is a great book for someone looking for a little something different. The other two books in the series are definitely on my to-read list!