I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
Bilqis is born to a jinni mother in the ancient lands of Saba, what is now known as Yemen. Bilquis' birthday come with a prophesy- that she will have a great destiny to fulfill. Bilqis doesn't seems to have the same talents as a jinn as her mother, but is easily able to soak up all of the knowledge that her mother can bring her. As a young adult, Biqis learns of one of the jinn powers that she can use-her power of sensuality. After discovering the power of sex, Bilqis' world changes and opens. Then, tragedy strikes that leads Bliqis on a mission of revenge. With her mission, Bilqis learns more of the terrible King ruling over Saba. As Bilqis continues her journey, her destiny becomes clear- to end the King's regime and become the leader that the people need.
The full story of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba is lost to history. I have read several other versions this amazing Queen's story, but none quite like this. Autumn Bardot is known for her strong female characters as well as erotic story lines. Confessions of a Sheba Queen definitely falls firmly in erotic historical fiction, which isn't something I normally read, but I really enjoyed this. Bilqis' story combined with the erotic story line makes for an intense and absorbing plot. From the beginning Bilqis jinn parentage and destiny add a sense of purpose to the story. Even without her jinn heritage, Bilqis' character is strong, intelligent, and willing to put others first. I liked that the jinn part of her parentage allowed Bilqis to use sex and her sensuality as a source of power and clarity in her life and allowed her to grow as a person. The sex scenes were all unique, imaginative and used very modern language. However, what I appreciated most were the ties to what little history we do know of Bilqis. I loved the lavish descriptions of the temple of Awwam and Bilqis' time with King Solomon. Richly absorbing and passionate, Confessions of a Sheba Queen creates a great blend of erotica and historical fiction.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.