Introducing Queen Judith from Queen of Ophir by Hannah Ross – Novel PASTimes

Inform us one thing about the place you reside

I’m a descendant of Israelite tribes who’ve migrated south to settle in Ethiopia. Our mountain kingdom stretches throughout the breathtaking Mountains of Simien and round Lake Tana. The Ethiopian Highlands are stunning, fertile, and cozy to stay in because of their temperate local weather.

My royal seat is within the Metropolis of Simien, the place I preside over my kingdom in a big ethereal palace. Twelve gilded-gold steps result in my throne, one for every tribe of Israel.

What’s it wish to be a queen of Simien?

I used to be solely seventeen years previous once I turned a queen after my father, King Gideon, was treacherously murdered by Aksum brokers. I wasn’t ready to imagine this position, however I’m doing my finest.

I spend each morning in my viewers chamber, listening to petitions and making choices. After viewers time is over, I take a fast noon meal and spend the afternoon with my army strategists and advisors, planning a conflict on Aksum. 

If I’m fortunate sufficient to have some free time, I am going for a stroll within the palace gardens or trip out to survey the nation. I additionally take pleasure in shopping by way of previous books and scrolls in my father’s library.

Total, being a queen takes up nearly all of my time. A minimum of I get to relaxation on the day of Shabbat!

Who’re the particular individuals in your life?

My mom died once I was very younger, and I had developed a really particular relationship with my father. I used to be his proper hand and sat on his councils since I used to be twelve. Because the eldest baby, I used to be my father’s inheritor and needed to put together for my future duties. 

I cherished and admired my father, who was smart, sort, caring, and beneficiant. His loss of life got here as a harsh blow.

Shortly after my father’s homicide, I turned engaged to Prince Sahama. Since it’s primarily a political alliance, I’m nonetheless not sure what I take into consideration my future husband. Can I belief him? Is he actually on my aspect? It’s fortunate I’ve my army advisor, Gedalya, to present me stable counsel.

What’s your coronary heart’s deepest need? 

I stay for the day once we smash the gates of Aksum and raze that vile metropolis to the bottom. I swore to avenge my father’s homicide, which suggests I’m going to kill the King of Aksum and his complete court docket. Destroying Aksum can even defend my individuals from bodily and non secular warfare – Aksum’s Christian clergymen are attempting to make us hand over the Hebrew religion, and I do know they received’t relaxation till they conquer our kingdom.

What are you most afraid of?

I worry that our mission will fail. If we don’t carry Aksum down, they are going to take over our area, drive us to transform to Christianity, and promote my individuals into slavery. I can’t let this occur!

What do you count on the longer term will maintain for you?  

When Aksum falls, I’ll rule most of Ethiopia. I’ll have entry to Crimson Sea ports and can be capable to commerce with far-off lands, as an alternative of being remoted in my landlocked kingdom. Sooner or later, possibly I’ll get to sail to Israel and see the land the place my ancestors had as soon as lived.

As my kingdom grows, so will my accountability. That’s the place I’ll want Prince Sahama. He’ll rule by my aspect and assist me subdue Aksum the Aristocracy which is able to certainly resist my rule. It’ll even be my obligation to supply the dominion with heirs. When I’ve kids, I hope our relationship might be as shut and trusting as mine was with my father.

What have you ever discovered about your self in the midst of your story?  

That being a queen is difficult. I by no means imagined how robust it will be to place somebody to loss of life, to query the loyalty of everybody round me, or to comply with a wedding simply because I consider it will likely be helpful to my kingdom. 

I additionally discovered that I’m not at all times proper. Generally, I ought to hearken to my councilors somewhat than pushing forward with dangerous ventures.

What are you most happy with?

I do my finest to be simply. I by no means condemn or justify somebody with out listening to all sides of the case. My viewers chamber is open to all, noblemen and easy people alike. No person is under my discover, and I consider my individuals really feel snug to come back to me and share their issues or ask for assist. That was how my father dominated – he was a king of all his individuals, and I’m upholding this custom.


Creator Bio

Hannah Ross wrote her first story on the age of six and hasn’t stopped since. She is a multi-genre writer who loves to flee into totally different worlds, whether or not it takes the type of fantasy, sci-fi, or historic tales.

Hannah’s fascination with Jewish historical past led her to discover the tales and legends of the Ethiopian diaspora, which led to the delivery of two novels set in Ethiopia through the Aksumite period: Land of the Misplaced Tribe and her latest launch, Queen of Ophir

Hannah enjoys a quiet life along with her husband, 4 kids, two cats and a flock of chickens.