So Shines the Night is yet another wonderfully written historical novel by the talented Tracy L. Higley. Set in Ephesus in the middle of the first century, it centers around Daria, a female teacher (quite the rarity for that time) and Lucas, her “student.” When Daria witnesses sorcerers torturing a young girl in her school in Rhodes, she grabs the girl and runs – straight into Lucas, who helps her escape. They sail to Lucas’ home in Ephesus, only for Daria to find things not much better there. A mighty battle for souls is occurring in Ephesus, and Daria finds herself caught in the middle. Should she be true to her roots and honor the goddess Artemis, patron of Ephesus; follow the path she fears Lucas is on toward sorcery; or listen to the intriguing Paul and his helper, Timothy, as they speak of the Way and its One True God of love and peace.
Higley has again done a marvelous job, so seamlessly weaving Biblical accounts of Paul’s time in Ephesus with her own historical fiction and so intricately blending the fiction with intense historical and physical research that it’s way too easy to imagine Daria and Lucas were actually there in Ephesus with Paul. This novel will go on my list of books to read again and again!
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