Garden of Madness, by Tracy L. Higley, takes place at the end of Nebuchadnezzar’s seven years of madness as described in the book of Daniel. This is one of the books in Higley’s Seven Wonders of the Ancient World series, and as such takes place partially in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Not much is known about the gardens, so Higley has created a daring heroine named Tiamat, youngest daughter of Nebuchadnezzar and recent widow of Shealtiel, deceased son of the captive king of Judah. Tiamet is young, widowed after seven years of marriage, and is strong-willed and rebellious against her mother’s rule.
Nebuchadnezzar has been mad since immediately after Tia’s wedding, roaming the Hanging Gardens like a wild animal. Tia’s mother and her father’s advisors have put on a brave front to keep ahold of the throne during this time, but conspiracies against them grow stronger.
Like any good political thriller, there are many twists and turns as different groups plot to seize control of the kingdom. If the kingdom is to remain loyal to her father, Tiamat must grow from a self-centered princess to a wise woman.
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