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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?
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
In an ancient city carved from stone, one desperate young woman searches for peacein the calm before the Romans attack.
In AD 106, a single mother can be certain of one thingdestitution. So Cassia and her six-year-old son flee to Petra, seeking refuge in the loving arms of family.
But the great stone city is not what Cassia imagined. And family cannot be trusted. When a secret reveals her sons true bloodline, the boy becomes the target of a royal conspiracy. Hes snatched from Cassias grasp.
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 they 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 Cassias son. She 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.
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"Higleys meticulous research enhances readers understanding of the daring lives of the first Christians." RT Book Reviews, of City on Fire
"If you liked Francine Rivers A Voice in the Wind, youll love Palace of Darkness! It grabbed me from page one and never let go." Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author
Higley amazes us with another of her action-packed feats of storytelling.'
Smoothie71AlabamaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Page turning thriller!October 8, 2014Smoothie71AlabamaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleCassia is a nice young woman with a very difficult husband and a wonderful son. When tragedy strikes Cassia makes a choice that forever alters both her life, her son's life, and the people who soon become friends... or enemies.
Palace of Darkness is a page turning thriller. I must admit that the first chapter had me a little down because it just seemed to start slow, but as I progressed through the book I ended up really enjoying this author's writing style and how the story continued. It's definitely a hard one to put down.
I really liked how the author, Tracy L Higley, placed so much emphasis on the Lord in this fiction book. I was really impressed to be honest because that's not easy to do. I also liked how the character's all seemed to have very realistic lives and how relatable they were even though it's based back in Biblical days.
I give this book a 9 out of 10. Highly recommend to all fiction readers. You won't be disappointed with this one.
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for a review.
Enchanting RoseColoradoAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Rich in historySeptember 28, 2014Enchanting RoseColoradoAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is the first novel of Tracy L. Higley that I have read and I was pleased with how rich her content is. Tracy thoroughly researches the history of what she is writing about and does a wonderful job of sharing this content with her readers.
Palace of Darkness, a historical fiction, is set in Petra about 100 years after Christ. Tracy paints quite a picture of the believers during this time and the persecution they endured. As I read the book, I was again reminded of how blessed we are to live where we can worship our Lord and Savior openly. There are many lessons to be learned from Palace of Darkness, lessons of love, courage, and faith.
The characters are strong and well-portrayed. Cassia, the mother of Alexander, is a fighter, and she will do anything to keep her son safe. To see the spiritual growth in her life throughout the book is refreshing and uplifting.
Julian, a man that has seen what happens to believers, is very courageous, yet he doesn't know whether or not to live a quiet life, or a life spent proclaiming Jesus. He meets Cassia and wants only to help her protect her son, but in order to help he must first lean on Christ. . .
In Palace of Darkness you will see how menacing, dark, and real evil can be and how we must keep our guard up against Satan at all times. You will also see how powerful, loving, and forgiving our great God is. There is victory in the Lord God.
** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Exceptional on Several LevelsSeptember 24, 2014JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Palace of Darkness by Tracy Higley is an exceptional read on many levels. It is an historical Christian fiction novel set in Petra about 100 years after Christ. This is where Higley excels! She travels to the sites of her novels to research them thoroughly that she can make history real to her reader. I loved that one of her characters had met Paul before his death and was reading a letter Paul had written to the people of the church in Petra. That would have happened! In fact, its how so many of Pauls letters eventually ended up in our modern day Bibles. It was fun to get a glimpse of the process as it could have been.
Higley also has a gift for the concept of show, dont tell. Ive read two self-help/Bible study-type books on one of the issues one of her characters struggles with. Though both were good, I felt they only defined the issue. I didnt see resolution anywhere. Higley provided resolution as her character struggled to find it in her life, as she grew closer to Christ and learned how His sacrifice could impact her personallyand practically, too. Though a historical novel, Palace of Darkness is full of life application lessons for today, shown through the medium of a captivating story.
Palace of Darkness started slowly then drew me insomething Ive come to expect and enjoy from this author. I recommend this book to everyone! Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
ldesherl5 Stars Out Of 5Palace of Darkness, by Tracy L. HigleySeptember 13, 2014ldesherlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a work of historical fiction. It is set in ancient Rome, AD 106. Located in the ancient Roman Palace during the times of the brutal persecution, the central character is a young slave and single mom. She faces heart-wrenching separation from her small son and encounters people known as Christians. Why do they show such faith in the face of danger and such selfless love for her? From them she learns about the freedom, reality and power that is found in following the One they call Jesus.
I found myself challenged by this book, as it is set in a time of brutal persecution. The Christ-followers in this novel found their faith purified by their fear of this persecution; we know that persecution thins out the ranks and purifies the genuine. I found myself confused by the characters and story-line of the first part of the book, especially as it is set in a culture far removed from modern America as can be. This book was part suspense, part romance, and was rather frightening in places. The author helps us get into the minds of the main characters and emphasize with them. The story was entertaining but clearly it is more than that. It encourages and challenges Christian faith. I saw that persecution clearly purifies Christians and attracts genuine new believers, and is not a thing to be avoided at all costs.
I recommend this book for everyone who likes to read. I recommend it for Christians for not only entertainment but to be challenged in faith and to apply its lessons to modern hardships. I recommend this book for non-Christians because it is a good read and fast-paced. Non-Christians will find encouragement in finding new life in following Jesus and knowing Him. Happy reading!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review at Booklook Bloggers.com, but I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
ciciAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5TrustSeptember 3, 2014ciciAge: 25-34Gender: femaleA Palace of Darkness by Tracey L. Higley is one emotional tale of love and trust. I am always so touched with depth of emotion depicted in Higley's stories and this novel was not different than the others. I am so amazed by the strength these women show in the face of such demise. Cassia was a pleasure to read about and a pleasure to become aware of her story because it still continues to this day for some women. Cassia struggles with how to protect herself and the life of her son from individuals wanting to take what they feel is rightfully theirs through blood. Cassia, along her travels to flee, comes across a group of followers that are willing to help for the sake of helping and she has some issues with their willingness to do so. Her struggles and the people that appear to help her are worth the read. I could not put this story down because of the beautifully detailed story that is playing across the pages of this novel. I was given a review copy from Bookloobloggers and all opinions are my own.