Palace Of Darkness
A Novel of Petra
by Tracy L. Higley
-From the back cover-
IN AN ANCIENT CITY CARVED
FROM STONE, ONE DESPERATE YOUNG
WOMAN SEARCHES FOR PEACE– IN THE
CALM BEFORE THE ROMANS ATTACK.
In AD 106, a single mother can be certain of one thing – destitution. So Cassia and her six-year-old son flee to Petra, seeking refuge in the loving arms of family.
But the great stone city is not what Cassia imagined. And family cannot be trusted. When a secret reveals her son's true bloodline, the boy becomes the target in a royal conspiracy. He's snatched from Cassia's grasp.
In her darkest hours, Cassia finds herself surrounded by followers of the Way, a subversive new religious group whose disciples are frequently sentenced to arenas with starved lions and blood-soaked sand. Why would they seek out more danger by helping her? And what kind of religion gives freely and asks for nothing in return?
Roman soldiers soon surround Petra, immersing the city in panic and further endangering Cassia's son. She realizes he cannot be saved by human efforts alone. Her only hope lies with the followers of the Way . . . and her willingness to trust their One True God.
I was totally blown away by Palace Of Darkness and by the author's descriptions of Petra. When I finished the book I was inspired to do some online research about Petra. What an amazing an awe-inspiring place, if you've never look at pictures of Petra you really should. And the history! WOW! I couldn't believe how many Biblical cultures have called the place home.
This Book earned a 4.5 Bark rating.
I was completely impressed with the depth the storyline and the historical detail.
After years of abuse Cassia is looking for love and acceptance, and slowly comes to learn that only the One True God can give her what she seeks. After failing yet again Julian is running, running from family and from what God has called him to do. Much like Francine Rivers's Mark Of The Lion series, Palace Of Darkness brings the persecution of the early Church back into mind, and it leaves the reader wondering what they would do in such a position.
I'm not a historian but I love anything to do with history and there's nothing like glaring historical errors to ruin a story for me. Tracy Higley has poured hours and hours into researching her stories and it shows on every page. Palace Of Darkness is exciting and dramatic, but true to history.
Palace of Darkness is a must read for fans of historical fiction and of Tracy Higley!
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Palace Of Darkness by Tracy L. Higley a 4.5 Bark rating.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 9, 2014)
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