Saturday, September 27, 2014

Palace Of Darkness - Book Review

In an ancient city carved from stone, one desperate young woman searches for peace—
in the calm before the deadly clash of empires.
 In 106 AD, a single mother can be certain of one thing—destitution.
So Cassia and her six-year-old son flee to Petra,
her late husband's birth city, in hopes of finding refuge in the loving arms of family.
But the great stone city is not what Cassia imagined.
And a secret about her husband reveals her son's true bloodline,
making the boy the target of a royal conspiracy. 
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 this sect 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 her son,
and Cassia 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.

My Thoughts

This is the first novel of Tracy L. Higley that I have read
and I was pleased with how rich her content is.
Tracy thoroughly researches the history of what she is writing about
and does a wonderful job of sharing this content with her readers.

Palace of Darkness,
a historical fiction, is set in Petra about 100 years after Christ.
Tracy paints quite a picture of the believers during this time
and the persecution they endured.
 As I read the book, I was again reminded of how blessed we are to live
where we can worship our Lord and Savior openly.
There are many lessons to be learned from Palace of Darkness,
lessons of love, courage, and faith.

The characters are strong and well-portrayed.
Cassia, the mother of Alexander, is a fighter,
and she will do anything to keep her son safe.
To see the spiritual growth in her life throughout the book 
is refreshing and uplifting.

Julian, a man that has seen what happens to believers,
is very courageous, yet he doesn't know whether or not to live a quiet life,
or a life spent proclaiming Jesus.
He meets Cassia and wants only to help her protect her son,
but in order to help he must first lean on Christ. . .

In Palace of Darkness you will see how menacing, dark, and real evil can be
and how we must keep our guard up against Satan at all times.
You will also see how powerful, loving, and forgiving our great God is.
There is victory in the Lord God.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author

Tracy L. Higley is the acclaimed author of such beloved historical novels as
Garden of Madness and The Queen's Handmaid.
She has traveled to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordon, and Italy,
researching her novels and falling into adventures.
She writes novels that transport readers to ancient times and places.
See her travel journals and more at TraceyHigley.com

5 comments:

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like a book that I could really connect with.

Sola Scriptura said...

I like the sound of a book that points to victory in the Lord! Thank you for this book review, Stephanie. Hugs to you!
Lauren

Natalie said...

Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the review!

Katie R. said...

Sounds like a great book! I am going to have to read it sometime. ;-)
~Katie@ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

Miss Val's Creations said...

Sounds like a beautiful read. I love reading novels set in ancient settings.

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