Age Appropriate For: Ages 18 and up (scary scenes, demon possession, violence)
Best for Ages: 18 +
Description: 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.
Wow! I don’t think Tracy can write a bad book. I finished the Guardian Flame and jumped right into So Shines the Night. I was once again swept back in time and caught up in a story of epic proportions.
Each book of Tracy’s is different, and this book was very different then I expected. It dealt with dark forces and murder, even more so than in City of the Dead. Several side characters are demon possessed at the main characters both come in contact with evil. However, the light is strong as well, and in the end, light conquers the darkness.
I must say that one of my favorite parts is Tray’s portrayal of Paul. He was as I imagined him and she pulled him and other biblical characters into the story so well. Toward the end of the book, I realized what the story was building to; an event that I had read in the book of Acts.
Tracy’s characters are always so life like and this book was no exception. Both Daria and Lucas are running from hurt in their past. There interaction with each other is very real. This isn’t a fuzzy, feel good romance. This is a book with a heavy dose of reality, with characters that seem to come alive.
Although this book is not for the faint of heart or for the young; I highly recommend it as a story of faith, redemption, and the power of God.
I received this book from Thomas Nelson through Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
I was able to ask Tracy a couple of questions for the blog tour!
Do you and the main character have anything in common?
Daria is very independent, and thinks she can get things done on her own. It’s hard for her to ask for help. I can relate!
If you could travel through time to see any of the seven wonders, which would you choose?
Even though the Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt) is the only one of the Seven Wonders still intact, I would still choose that one – to travel back and see it in its glory, to see the people and the culture… ah, that would be amazing.
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows. 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 TracyHigley.com