26 APRIL 1890, Page 22

The Star of Gezer, the King's Daughter. (Griffith, Farran, and

Co.)—" It is easier to criticise than to imitate," is the author's motto, taken from an authority whose name is scarcely familiar under its form " Zeuxis." We shall do neither, but simply describe. The heroine is the Princess Zibya, daughter of King Solomon and his Egyptian Queen ; the hero, Barzillai, son of Chimham, and grandson of the old -Gileadite who befriended David. Barzillai has a rival in the person of Shimei, who is described as a "Legiti- mist," for he is attached to the interests of the House of Saul. The possible reader may thus see what sort of entertainment he is likely to find.