Book Review: So Shines the Night

Book Review: So Shines the Night

About the Book:

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, but only if she survives long enough to divulge what she knows.

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About the Author:

From her earliest childhood, there was nothing Tracy loved better than stepping into another world between the pages of a book. From dragons and knights, to the wonders of Narnia, that passion has never abated, and to Tracy, opening any novel is like stepping again through the wardrobe, into the thrilling unknown. With every book she writes, she wants to open a door like that, and invite readers to be transported with her into a place that captivates.

Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. After attending Philadelphia Biblical University, she earned a B.A. in English Literature at Rowan University. She then spent ten years writing drama presentations for church ministry.

A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.

Tracy is thrilled to bring readers adventures set in the ancient past, and it’s her hope that in escaping with her, readers will feel they’ve walked through these deserts, explored ruins, felt the white sand and blue sea under their feet, and met with the Redeeming God who is sovereign over the entire drama of human history.

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My Thoughts:

While I have yet to read a Tracy Higley book that I didn’t like, I believe that So Shines the Night may be my favorite.

The characterization of both Daria and Lucas was multifaceted, insightful and realistic.  I lived Daria’s confusion as at every turn she was both drawn and repelled by the spiritual battle raging all around her. I resonated with her hope that no one was beyond redemption even as she struggled to discern the truth of the source of salvation.  The historical details of life in Ephesus in 57 AD drew me into the setting.  The struggles of humanity and the battle for souls in the Roman empire came alive as Higley married Biblical events with this fictional story of redemption and hope.

Filled with intrigue and suspense, woven into the one story that God has been authoring from the beginning of time itself, So Shines the Night, is not only an excellent novel it is an encouraging one.  The book leaves you wide awake, looking anew at the redemption story in which each follower of Jesus Christ participates as we too shine the light.

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