I've only read a few books by Hunt, but I've enjoyed them, and this was no exception. I haven't read the others in this series, and I wasn't lost, as this can be read as a standalone.
This story was told from two POVs, Salome (the sister of King Herod) and Zara (a child who becomes Salome's handmaid), and I really liked that, as it gives a more complete picture of the time period and Herod's reign. I liked the addition of Roman characters, such as Cleopatra and Marc Antony, and their connection to Herod. I enjoyed the growth of the characters, particularly Zara.
I'm likely to go back and read the other books in this series, as I'm not as familiar about some of the biblical characters represented, and I'd be interested in reading Hunt's take on them. Scenes were beautifully detailed, which made them easy to envision. Based on this particular book, it's obvious that Hunt is able to bring the characters to life, making for an engaging and informative story. It's apparent the author did a lot of research on the 400 years between the Old Testament and New Testament, weaving facts and fiction together to create this series. I appreciated the insight given in the author's notes at the end.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.