From the fires of Jerusalem’s destruction Ariella flees only to find herself enslaved to a powerful and evil Roman politician. Nine years of horrific abuse and degregation later Ariella flees when opportunity arises, and attaches herself to a group of gladiators by tricking them into thinking she is a young man. Cato leaves politics and Rome behind to build a new life in Pompeii as a winemaker. Before he has a chance to see his dream fulfilled he finds himself an enemy of the elected tyrant, and pursued by others to be the one who takes down the tyrant. Through circumstance and providence, their lives are thrust together, but what can ever break the barrier between a Roman patrician and a Jewish slave? And what will happen when Mt.Vesuvius bursts forth? If I would describe this book in one word it would be ‘complete’. When finishing the book I did not find myself thinking “Well what about…”. The book is wonderfully written just like all of T.L. Higley’s recent work. The story flows easily on the pages and is an enjoyable read. The descriptions of Pompeii and life during this time period are well researched and allow the reader to sit back and immerse themself in the journey along with the characters. I especially enjoyed the portion of the book where the characters are in the midst of the erupting volcano and it’s aftermath. Altogether this is a very worthwhile read, and to give it another plug, it is also on my daughter’s Honors World History reading list. 5 Stars
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In Petra: City in Stone, I felt like I was being whisked back in time to this ancient lost city. Historically accurate without sounding like a history book, Higley takes the reader on a journey of what might have been, mixed right alongside the story of what was. Higley does a spectacular job of creating a feel of the life and structure of the city.
Cassia’s waiting for the circumstances to be right to get herself and her young son away from her abusive thief of a man Aretas, but how can a woman with a young son survive without money or a place to go? Especially when Aretas will certainly come after her and punish her for leaving. When the opportunity finally presents itself, Cassia takes young Alexander and leaves for Petra, the city of her husband’s birth. She is hoping to find his estranged family and ask them to take her in.
Watching his betrothed and his friends as they are fed to the lions, Julian is afraid his brash and outspoken behavior as a leader of the followers of The Way will soon mean death to his prominent family. Julian steals away to Petra, the city of stone, hoping to start anew and make a new name for himself as a talented sculptor of stone.
Petra, the ancient city carved into the desert rock is a place where worship of demon gods abounds. A small group of followers of Christ know it’s only a matter of time before open persecution begins. When both Cassia and Julian are pulled into the care of this group, things will never be the same. Can Cassia learn that love must be shared out of abundance and that abundance can only come through Jesus? How long will Julian run from his God given call to leadership? The life of Cassia’s son Alexander hangs within the answer to these questions.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and will look for new titles in this series to read in the future. I give it 4.5 stars.
This book was provided to me for review by NetGalley. All opinions rendered are my own.
* “a rose-red city half as old as time” is a line about Petra in a sonnet by John William Burgeon