"Petra: City in Stone" is a very well-written, fast-paced Christian historical novel that contains some romance. It's set in 106 AD in Petra, Rome, and Damascus. Both men and women will enjoy it. The author completely immerses the reader in the culture, setting, and time period. I was left feeling like this story really happened. The characters were complex, realistic and engaging. I cared about what happened to them.
The Christian content was woven into the very plot, so it was always present. God's influence was obvious--he was a present and active character in the novel. There was also a strong spiritual warfare element to the novel. I loved the underlying message about trusting God.
There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this novel as very well-written, clean reading.
I received this book as a review copy from the author through FirstWildCard.
Petra by T.L. Higley is the first book in the Lost Cities series. Cassia takes her young son, Alexander, and heads to Petra, the home of her late husband's family in the hopes of finding a place for them both. Instead she discovers that Alexander is the heir to the throne and immediately in mortal danger from the queen, Hagiru, who wants her son to be the new king, and Hagiru has allied herself with the dark gods of the city in order to assure her son's accession. The … more
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Petra, the wondrous ancient city carved from the mountains of modern Jordan, is at the height of its glory in this gripping historical novel by T. L. Higley. A young widow, Cassia, and her son, Alexander, have arrived there seeking protection with her late husband's estranged family. But when Cassia discovers the man she married was heir to the throne, the power-hungry Queen Hagiru plots to murder Alexander so that her own child will someday rule. The queen, priestess of the sun-god, Dushrat, calls on demonic powers in her quest, but Cassia is prepared for the fierce spiritual battle to save her son, joining a Roman named Julian and his community of believers in the Jewish Messiah. Together they seek a mighty movement of God far stronger than any dark heart or city made of stone.
"It is impossible to read a T. L. Higley novel and not be transported. Petra is filled with all the intrigue, drama, and flavors of the ancient world that Higley is so well known for. With heart-pounding action and characters that carve their way into your heart, Petra is an adventurist's read, and an escapist's dream. Who needs Indiana Jones?"
Tosca Lee, author ofDemon: A MemoirandHavah: The Story of Eve