Each of Francine Rivers books is incredible. This series is really 2 Christian historical fiction stories. In A Voice in the Wind we meet Hadassah and other characters in this story set in the first century. An Echo in the Darkness concludes the story. The story told in these 2 books is a MUST READ. Even people who just aren't readers have read this story and LOVED.
As Sure as the Dawn is a spin-off of the other story, only related by 1 minor character.
Want to know what it was like to be a Christian and dipped in wax and burned like a Roman Candle?
Want to know what it was like to feel like a Jewish slave girl?
Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.
An Echo in the Darkness
Turning away from the opulence of Rome, Marcus is led by a whispering voice from the past into a journey that could set him free from the darkness of his soul.
Marcus is feeling restless. His life of pleasure no longer holds any happiness for him. Julia is finding that her friends really don't care for her, and she is fighting an illness that no one seems to be able to cure. Their mother, Phoebe, prays constantly for their salvation. Fortunately, God has not given up on them. And the answer might come from the strange woman hidden in veils who assists the young doctor Alexander at his shop in the poor part of town.
Julia is a perfect example of a self centered person. She lived in the first century but could have been any time. Hadassah's love and devotion to her is truly amazing.
As Sure As the Dawn
Atretes. German warrior. Revered gladiator. He won his freedom through his fierceness . . . But his life is about to change forever.
In contrast to Hadassah (the main character in the 1st two books), who is gentle, soft spoken, and humble, Rizpah is independent, spirited, and strong-willed. This results in amusing interactions between her and Artetes.
We hear almost nothing of Atretes save a few passing references from other characters. We never know what Atretes is up to as the events of this story unfold. By the end of this book, most of the threads have been tied up and the book closes completely the story of Hadassah.
I read these books in 5 days and they are all 500 pages or better. These books put me right in Rome. I got a true sense of the Old Testament. Absolutly worth your time!!! And a must have for your own personal library.