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Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3) Paperback – September 1, 1998
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The first book in the series, *A Voice in the Wind*, introduces us to the characters. During the first half, the pace is rather frenetic, and the chapters skip from one character's story to the next. I found it a bit confusing at times. It was an interesting tale, but one I could put down. Halfway through the first book, the characters converge, the tension builds and I was absolutely hooked.
In my opinion, the second book was even better than the first (which is saying a lot -- I LOVED the first book). All of the magic of the first book is found in the second -- and more.
A word of advice: when you read the first book, be sure and read the chapter that is included introducing *An Echo in the Darkness* that follows. I ignored it, thinking that it would be redundant; however, this chapter is NOT included in the sequel, and it VERY important. A quarter of the way into *An Echo in the Darkness*, I went back and read this and it answered a lot of questions!
As soon as I finish writing this review, I will start reading *As Sure as the Dawn*, the final book in this series. I can't wait to discover what happens to Atretes, the German warrior whose story we were introduced to in *A Voice in the Wind*.
All in all, a wonderful, heartwarming and inspiring story. Sparks your imagination of what it would have been like to be a First Century Christian living in Rome and Ephesus.
The trilogy's setting is a short time after the resurrection of Christ, in the Roman Empire. Using a Hebrew slave girl (Hadassah) and a German gladiator (Atretes; think the movie Gladiator) as the main characters, three books are crafted with themes of faith, redemption and sacrifice. Rivers is one of the best at writing characters and the ones she creates here are absolutely convincing -- flawed and heroic on multiple layers, with developmental conflicts that relate to modern times almost seemlessly.
These books will not only grab hold of you and demand to be finished but they will challenge you to take your walk with God to a much deeper level. Do not read this series unless you want to be changed. No other stories have every affected me in such a deep way. Forget the Left Behind series and go invest in a true Christian classic. Five Stars, times three.
The historical accuracy and the terms (which are well defined throughout) are evidence that Ms. Rivers researched her material thoroughly, and add to the validity of the story. This is not just another novel, but rather a story that vividly depicts a glimpse into the cultural history of "the Nazarenes" (early Christians) during the first century. These books are not only a great read, they will change you - every Christian should read them. Perhaps the only negative thing about these books is that I couldn't put them down! I've read them all twice, and now they're circulating among my Christian and non-believer friends, and their reviews are all extremely positive. Buy all three, otherwise you'll be paying for overnight delivery from Amazon to ship the second and third books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this series. This is the second time I read the series. Francine Rivers makes you feel like you are part of Hadassah's life and then Atretes life. Read morePublished 34 minutes ago by Karen Wells
Couldn't put this series down and savored every word!! Devastated only to read the final pages knowing it was finished!!Published 2 hours ago by katie phillips
It is a well written historical novel. I have bought this trilogy for two people as gifts. I recommend it to all.Published 2 days ago by hopeless
Brilliantly written, wonderful historic story, plot grabs you and draws you in - you won't be able to put it down. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would recommend this series to everyone I know. You can't read these books and not be touched and grow in your faith.Published 10 days ago by WILDIAM66
Awsome book...took me a long time to read but was well worth my time!Published 11 days ago by Grammy A.
I cannot say enough about this series. Rivers did an exhaustive amount of research to make the series accurate. I felt like she took me back in time to Jerusalem's destruction. Read morePublished 13 days ago by D. Bray