Adventure Between the Pages: Guardian of the Flame by Tracy L. Higley

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Age Appropriate For: Ages 12 + (some violence, thematic elements, and reading level)
Best for Ages: 18 and up
Description: Guardian of the Flame is book three in the Seven Wonders series of novels transporting readers back to the Ancient World. Characters struggle to find meaning in a pagan society and are confronted by the one true God and His message of redemption.The year is 48 BC. Sophia, a woman hurt by past loss, guards the famous lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt, in order to hide herself away from a world she deems cruel and unloving. But there is no escape. Political turmoil swells as Roman general Julius Caesar and his legion storm the city, and Cleopatra, Greek queen of Egypt , fights to retain her country against both Caesar and bloodthirsty rivals within her own household. Sophia is caught in the middle between a loyalty to Cleopatra and her maddening interest in Bellus, the Roman soldier whom Caesar has instructed to overtake the lighthouse.

Wow! I stayed up until 1:00AM to finish this book. Beauty and the Beast retold in Egypt during the time of Cleopatra? Yes please!

Tracy Higley is, hands down, the best historical fiction writer I have ever read. She brings the history to life and pulls in bits of daily life so seamlessly, that you don't realize what an education you are getting until the book is over. The historical event our pulled into the story as part of the characters story. There are never pages of facts or history lessons that make you roll your eyes.

I think what I have come to appreciate as much as her amazing style, is her messages of faith. They to are woven into the story and not over done yet are as plain as day. The message of this book touched my heart and made me sigh contentedly at the end.

Higley also has an amazing way of letting you know about the immoral things that are going on without dwelling there. This book dealt with some sticky situations (Cleopatra's life being the major one) in a way that didn't make me squirm but also told the historic truth.

Christian historical fiction lovers have not read the best the genre has to offer until they have read one of Tracy Higley's books.

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