In this thrilling sequel to The Gates of Zion, the author, Bodie Thoene expands on a character that in the previous book was not that integral to the storyline, but that I have now come to love in this second book of the Zion Chronicles series.
Not everything ended after the Holocaust.
Set in 1948 in Israel, when Britain was preparing to leave, the Jewish people are caught. They are not allowed to own weapons while the British occupy their country, yet as soon as the British leave, their enemy will be ready to attack, and they will have nothing to defend themselves. The only option is to smuggle items in to the heavily guarded Old City. But how?
Rachel Lubetkin has just escaped the prison camps of the Holocaust, and still bears marks from the trauma that she endured there. Desperate for a chance to help others, and hide herself away from others, she volunteers for a mission that she secretly plans to make a suicide mission. Yet those who love her have realized what is happening and after she leaves, they try to make sure that she comes back. But the way to the Old City is completely blocked and everything and everyone is searched. Yet they must find a way in, to save not only Rachel, but everyone else stranded there.
I absolutely love this series and can't wait to read books 3-5! I really liked this character that had a much more minor role in the last book. I'm curious if the author plans to continue switching to a different character in each book, detailing part of their life as the war continues, because from these first two books it is quite easy to see how drastically different the viewpoints of two radically different people can be, and would be most interesting to see more in the next books. I highly recommend the Zion Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene! A Daughter of Zion