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Product Details

  • Series: Seven Wonders Novel
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805447326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805447323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

T. L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written five previous novels. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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I've been writing adventure stories since the time I first picked up a pencil. I still have my first "real" novel--the story I began at the age of eight during a family trip to New York City.

Through my childhood I wrote short stories, plays for my friends to perform (sometimes I had to bribe them), and even started a school newspaper (OK, I was the editor, journalist and photographer since no one took that bribe to join me). Then there were the "drama years" of junior high, when I filled a blank journal with romance and poetry. Sigh.

In my adult years I finally got serious about publishing suspense fiction, and have since authored twelve novels in twelve years.

When I'm not writing, life is full of other adventures--running a business, raising kids, and my favorite pastime: traveling the world.

I started traveling to research my novels and fell in love with experiencing other cultures. It's my greatest hope that you'll feel like you've gotten to travel to the settings of my books, through the sights, sounds, smells, colors, and textures I try to bring back from my travels and weave into my stories.

To experience my travel journals and see the romantic settings of my books, I hope you'll visit my website at TracyHigley.com or meet up with me on Facebook at facebook.com/tracyhigley.

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A great page turning book until the end that will capture your attention.
Megan Lowmaster
Tracy Higley certainly knows how to weave a good story as she teaches amazing historical facts through her fictional characters.
M. Baxter
A book in the Seven Wonders series T. L. Higley has truly written a novel that deserves a five star rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly VINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am fascinated by, but not very familiar with the history of the Ancient World. I wish I'd paid more attention in my Humanities World History classes in college! I was also not familiar with Tracy Higley's Seven Wonders series, but I intend to seek out the first two books.

Sophia is a strong, educated woman who has dedicated her life to keeping the lighthouse flame lit. Her sorrows and losses have kept her inside the lighthouse and away from the rest of the world. Her joys come from learning and the preservation of knowledge. Cleopatra was once her student. The city scholars are her family and the great library receives her patronage.

When Julius Caesar invades Egypt and war erupts, Sophia's life and all she knows is threatened. When a roman soldier breaches not only the lighthouse's defenses but her own as well, Sophia's own hardened heart is forced to soften.

This was a fascinating novel. It started a bit slowly for me, and it took a couple of chapters to work out all the characters, but the compelling story moves along well. It was an enjoyable, enthralling read. I look forward to not only reading the first two books, but also reading more from Tracy Higley. Her website is full of information about the book, about Alexandria and explains which aspects of the story are fiction and which are based on fact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on September 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
T.L. Higley's latest effort in her Seven Wonders of the World Series is an intoxicating tale of Ancient Egypt, intrigue, Cleopatra and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. This incredible author transports the reader to 48 B.C. with incredibly rich detail. Sophia is the guardian of the lighthouse at Alexandria. She is also a close friend and confidante to Queen Cleopatra. The story unfolds as Julius Caesar marches against Egypt and Cleopatra fights to keep her country.

Higley's books are thoroughly robust and accurate. At least they are accurate according to the research I've done on the subject, which isn't very much. But this author completely researches her topics so that when you've finished being entertained, you've also received a history lesson! These are great books! I can't wait for the next one. I wonder which Wonder will be showcased...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I haven't read a story written by this author before and I really enjoyed it. Last week I read Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran, so it was cool to hang out in the ancient world a bit longer. In Guardian of the Flame, Cleopatra is involved with Julius Caesar and is trying to save her country while holding on to power at the same time. Sophia, the main character in this book, is forced to trust a Roman Centurion and the tension between them is delightfully charged with both animosity and attraction. Usually books that I've read where the man and woman hold anger toward each other seems forced at best. However, this set up seemed more realistic to me as did the subtle shift in affection between them. I loved the romantic element in this story. It was delicious. The emotional impact was intense as well, like the situation where someone unexpected from her past is revealed. Telling you who that surprise person is would be a spoiler, so I'm keeping that a secret. The setting was rich with history and I culture. The situations the characters found themselves in seemed impossible to escape. I love stories that keep me holding my breath and longing for the characters to find love and peace. This one was definitely that, plus it had just enough tension to keep me reading while making my heart pound with anticipation. That's always a great combination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on June 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Age Appropriate For: Ages 12 + (some violence, thematic elements, and reading leval)

Best for Ages: 18 and up

Wow! I stayed up until 1:00AM to finish this book. Beauty and the Beast retold in Egypt during the time of Cleopatra? Yes please!

Tracy Higley is, hands down, the best historical fiction writer I have ever read. She brings the history to life and pulls in bits of daily life so seamlessly, that you don't realize what an education you are getting until the book is over. The historical event our pulled into the story as part of the characters story. There are never pages of facts or history lessons that make you roll your eyes.

I think what I have come to appreciate as much as her amazing style, is her messages of faith. They to are woven into the story and not over done yet are as plain as day. The message of this book touched my heart and made me sigh contentedly at the end.

Higley also has an amazing way of letting you know about the immoral things that are going on without dwelling there. This book dealt with some sticky situations (Cleopatra's life being the major one) in a way that didn't make me squirm but also told the historic truth.

Christian historical fiction lovers have not read the best the genre has to offer until they have read one of Tracy Higley's books
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexis L. Gorin on May 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
T.L. Higley's strong characterizations, fast-paced story action, and historical detail make GUARDIAN OF THE FLAME a gripping read. Late-B.C. Alexandria comes to life in all its culturally-rich glory, revealing aspects of the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman influences and events that shaped the ancient city. The story includes multifaceted characters, rich relationships, and plot twists that keep readers guessing and turning pages right to the end. Romantically-minded readers will enjoy the author's subtle touches of the Beauty and the Beast legend woven into the relationship between the two leads. If you are attracted by a story that entertains, holds your attention, gladdens your heart, and freshly proclaims the amazing love of God and His sovereignty over all the centuries, don't miss this read!
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