Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Guardian of the Flame: A Seven Wonders Novel Paperback – October 1, 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Seven Wonders Series

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$1.97 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

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

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

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: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Related Media

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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...
2 Comments 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
4.5 stars. This is a fascinating story involving a cast of intriguing characters: Sophia, a hurting, isolated woman who is the Keeper of the Lighthouse of Alexandria; Bellus, a Roman centurion with a thirst for knowledge and peace who is put in charge of taking command of the lighthouse; Ares, Sophia's servant who possesses a tender heart and an hazy past; and a group of twelve scholars who are changing the world through knowledge. A good part of the book also explores the relationship of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.

I loved Tracy Higley's style of writing. Also, her meticulous attention to historical details is impressive and I greatly appreciate the amount of research that must have gone into writing this novel. The rich history and cultural tidbits scattered throughout the story are captivating, and I am amazed at how much of Alexandrian history I have learned by reading this book. The pace of the story was a bit slow in the first third of the book or so, and it didn't grab my full attention at times. But as the plot thickened and the characters developed, I found myself enjoying it more and more. The concluding chapters had me in stitches with heart-throbbing suspense. Throughout the story, the author weaves a moving message of love and the power of the One God to change lives, though she could have given that theme more emphasis than she did.

I recommend this book as an exciting and inspiring read. I will definitely check out the other books from this author.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?