Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review--So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley is a story of escaping the past only to find that its secrets begin to unravel in the present and threaten to destroy the future.  

The story is centered on the competing forces of the worshippers of Artemis, a group of sorcerers, and the followers of The Way for the city of Ephesus.  Lucas and Daria find themselves at the center of the conflict as they try to overcome their own dark pasts in order to secure a future free from the evil that surrounds them. 

Daria's initial goal of survival quickly turns into one of salvation, but not for herself but rather for her employer, Lucas.  Lucas on the other hand finds himself beyond redemption and bent on justice which has morphed into an all consuming vengeance.  Where will the two ultimately find salvation?

This is their story--Lucas' and Daria's need to let go of the past evils and cling to the truth of salvation found in Jesus.

The first one hundred pages were a difficult read.  The various names, obscure scenes, and terminology seemed to drag on.  The constant inner battle within Lucas, Daria's uncontrollable quest to save him through knowledge, and the dark and dismal characters of Demetrius and Hektor caused boredom at times making it difficult for the reader to be drawn in and take interest in the characters and plot.  Not until Paul's arrival did the story become intriguing although the depiction of Timothy's character in the story was not credible.  

As the story progresses, Lucas and Daria interchange roles, leaving Lucas no longer her rescuer but as the victim of the vengeance he seeks to unleash.

He was everything that terrified her, this.  And everything she needed.  But she could not be part of his vengeance or it would annihilate them both.  Perhaps he was the antidote for her disease, but it would kill before it cured.  p.275

Ultimately, Lucas and Daria come to the realization that salvation can not come through human effort, but not before the unfolding of mysteries, suspense, and drama centered around the Biblical account in Acts 19.

Overall, though the author sought to paint  a clear and descriptive portrait of the time and places, it seemed to drag on just a bit, undercutting the ability for the reader to become engaged in the story.  Efforts may have better directed into developing the characters.

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1 comment:

  1. I have not read a historical Biblical fiction book just yet and I was considering this book. The book blurb still read a bit interesting to me. i may just end of getting it.


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