Wednesday, November 26, 2014

'Palace of Darkness' by Tracy L. Higley - Review

Book Description

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.
About the author
Tracy L. Higley
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and So Shines the Night. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at her website.

Palace of Darkness is the type of book that once you read it, you want to keep reading it... well into the night... through dinner... and oh man do i have to go to work??
The story is engaging and fantastically written.
We meet Cassia and her young son as they find what she thinks is a safe place in the ancient city of Petra, something bad happens. Cassia finds a group called The Way and she struggles to stay on the side of good.
You will love this book! I could not put it down!!
~Dowie

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