In a city teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.
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.
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
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
My Take: I
am a big fan of Tracy Higley because she makes history come alive. I
can feel the elbows and shoulders pressing into me as she fights the
crowds. I can imagine the tall columns of the temple, the smell of
people and animals . . . She describes everything in a very powerful
The characters are complex and interesting. I like watching
them grow and learn -- the evolution of their beliefs and motivations. I
can relate to them as well. Lucas - driven by his desire to assuage his
own guilt and exact revenge for the death of his wife and child. Daria
trying to make a secure place for herself, to understand and control the
world around her, and to know whether the darkness in Lucas is
something she can save him from. They both struggle with their ideas
about faith and the groups vying for control over the people.
was a great story that will stay in my memory for a long time. I want
to thank Thomas Nelson for providing my copy in exchange for this honest