The people of Judah caught between the clash of empires.
Against the historical backdrop of the rise and fall of maneuvering kings and warring empires in 1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles, the fictional series Kingdoms traces the saga of the dedicated advisor Iddo and his descendants. As he remains loyal to the memory of the just King Josiah and labors to keep his nation faithful to the Lord, Iddo struggles to protect his own family.
Coming Storm (Volume 1)
When the Egyptian Pharaoh Neco kills Judah's King Josiah, it sets off a clash as to who will become the new king of Judah. When the unrighteous Jehoahaz is selected as the new king, Josiah's head advisor grieves for the path to exile that they have unwittingly begun to walk in this first volume of the manga-style series written by Ben Avery and illustrated by Matt Broome.
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“Christian graphic novels seem to alternate between accomplished and heavy-handed, but this book in the new Kingdoms series of biblical epics offers a refreshingly compelling alternative... The art is solid and evocative, and the storytelling feels real rather than stiff or purely instructive.”
— Advance Review in Booklist Magazine
Scions of Josiah (Volume 2)
Jehoahaz's three-month reign comes to an end as he is imprisoned in Egypt and succeeded as king by his brother Jehoiakim. After Jehoiakim has been subject to Nebuchadnezzar for several years, the king rebels against Babylon, and for the remainder of his reign is beaten into submission by the attacks of Babylon's allies in this second volume of the manga-style series written by Ben Avery and illustrated by Matt Broome.
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The Prophet's Oracle (Volume 3)
1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles tell the history of Israel and Judah following the Davidic dynasty through the exile in Babylon. Against this historical backdrop of the rise and fall of maneuvering kings and warring empires, the fictional series Kingdoms traces in vivid manga style the saga of the dedicated advisor Iddo and his descendants. As he remains loyal to the memory of the just King Josiah and labors to keep his nation faithful to the Lord, Iddo struggles to protect his own family. Destruction looms from the East... while danger lurks within. When the Lord calls him as the prophet to the nations, Jeremiah doesn't know that faithfulness to God often results in mistreatment from others.
As he proclaims the word of the Lord to Judah, false prophets and royal officials try to silence him. But as Babylon's army surrounds Jerusalem, the king and people of Judah must choose either to heed God's instructions, or suffer destruction.
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Valley of Dry Bones (Volume 4)
Ezekiel has received a terrifying vision from God, and the Spirit has transported him to Babylon to prophecy to the Israelites in exile. Although he has learned that everything God tells him is true, he continues to be amazed at the Lord's incredible ways such as the day he preaches to a valley of dry bones only to watch them reassemble and take on life.
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The Writing on the Wall (Volume 5)
In suffering exile, the Hebrews have lost their homeland. But the events of the book of Daniel demonstrate God's reign over all, including pagan kings and the empire holding the people of Judah captive. Iddo has the opportunity to meet the distinguished statesman and prophet Daniel on a fateful night when the Lord brings about a change of empires and once again exalts his servant while deposing the proud. As in prior events, however, the transition of powers painfully affects Iddo's personal life.
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Rebuilding Faith (Volume 6)
In the sixth book in this biblical epic, Daniel relates his experience in the lion's den to Iddo and his grandson Zechariah as they prepare to return to Jerusalem after their exile in Babylon. Zechariah thinks about Daniel as he helps to rebuild the temple and receives his own prophetic ministry.
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