Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley, review

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In a city teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.

She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her.

But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.

The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’s exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.

When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul’s God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything—Lucas’s fate, her position in his household, and the outcome of the tension between pagans and Christians. But only if she survives long enough to divulge what she knows.


So Shines the Night is the third book I’ve read by Tracy L. Higley and it’s the fifth book in her Seven Wonders series.  In this book, the Temple of Artemis is the ‘wonder’ the story surrounds.

Tracy is a wonderful talent and is able to breathe life into those old Biblical stories by weaving historical events and real people, with a bit of fiction tossed in, into a wonderful tale that will keep you engrossed for hours.

While I did enjoy the many twists and turns the book took, I did find that at times it was drawn out and slightly repetitive.  However, the research is evident throughout the story and I’m impressed with her knowledge of the life of times of Biblical people.  The characters are rock solid – until I got to Paul.  He’s not what I imagined Paul from the Bible would be like, but I guess that’s the beauty of Biblical Fiction, right?  Daria is amazing, though.  She’s smart and feisty and isn’t willing to be put in a box and I love that in a lead character.

I’m excited to read another book in this series.

Book provided by BookSneeze® in exchange for my honest review

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