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So Shines the Night Daria s new home in Ephesus with Lucas both beguiles and confounds her, until she meets followers of The WayHer past has taught her that evil is real, that it can consume a person She saw it happen with her husband, before he took his own life Widowed, with no family, Daria becomes a tutor to Lucas, a rich traveling merchant from Ephesus There she discovers evil has a strong foothold and that Lucas himself seems drawn to evil and sorceryAs her relationship with her employer grows, she fears that she will be unable to pull him from demonic influence Tension in the city is about to erupt, as a new sect called The Way continues to draw followers A man called Paul leads the movement against the economic and political strength of the city, found in its goddess cultWhen she learns of the ways of the Christians and their ability to defeat evil, she begins to have hope But then Lucas is arrested and jailed for a brutal crime, and it seems not even the Christians can helpTensions escalate in the city until thousands are pouring into the arena to protest the influence of the Christians, and a plot to kill Paul is underway When Lucas s execution is scheduled, Daria must find a way to prove his innocence, save his life, and help her new friends before everyone she loves is destroyed [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk until she meets followers of The WayHer past has taught her that evil is real ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk that it can consume a person She saw it happen with her husband [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk before he took his own life Widowed ❰Download❯ ➺ Braving the Wilderness Author Brené Brown – 9facts.co.uk with no family [Ebook] ➣ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk Daria becomes a tutor to Lucas ❴Read❵ ➳ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, Author Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk a rich traveling merchant from Ephesus There she discovers evil has a strong foothold and that Lucas himself seems drawn to evil and sorceryAs her relationship with her employer grows [BOOKS] ⚣ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, By China Miéville – 9facts.co.uk she fears that she will be unable to pull him from demonic influence Tension in the city is about to erupt [KINDLE] ❅ Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert – 9facts.co.uk as a new sect called The Way continues to draw followers A man called Paul leads the movement against the economic and political strength of the city [BOOKS] ✭ Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, By Drew Hayes – 9facts.co.uk found in its goddess cultWhen she learns of the ways of the Christians and their ability to defeat evil ❁ [EPUB] ✹ Dangerous By Amanda Quick ➚ – 9facts.co.uk she begins to have hope But then Lucas is arrested and jailed for a brutal crime [Read] ➬ Succeed and Grow Rich through Persuasion Author Napoleon Hill – 9facts.co.uk and it seems not even the Christians can helpTensions escalate in the city until thousands are pouring into the arena to protest the influence of the Christians ➺ [Reading] ➼ Agile Software Requirements By Dean Leffingwell ➯ – 9facts.co.uk and a plot to kill Paul is underway When Lucas s execution is scheduled ➠ [Epub] ➚ The Last Kids on Earth By Max Brallier ➪ – 9facts.co.uk Daria must find a way to prove his innocence ❴Epub❵ ➞ Fusiliers Author Mark Urban – 9facts.co.uk save his life ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Martian By Andy Weir ✸ – 9facts.co.uk and help her new friends before everyone she loves is destroyed


About the Author: Tracy L. Higley

From her earliest childhood, there was nothing Tracy loved better than stepping into another world between the pages of a book From dragons and knights, to the wonders of Narnia, that passion has never abated, and to Tracy, opening any novel is like stepping again through the wardrobe, into the thrilling unknown With every book she writes, she wants to open a door like that, and invite readers to be transported with her into a place that captivates.Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since After attending Philadelphia Biblical University, she earned a B.A in English Literature at Rowan University She then spent ten years writing drama presentations for church ministry Over 10,000 people have attended drama productions she has written.A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece and other myth systems, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.More than two thousand years ago, the Colossus of Rhodes towered above an ancient Greek harbor a wonder to all who sailed the Aegean In the shadow of this Colossus, people lived and loved and struggled for purpose It was a city glittering with wealth and obsessed with power, but God was still at work in the hearts of people, calling them to understand that a Redeemer was coming.Tracy is thrilled to begin the Seven Wonders Series with Shadow of Colossus, and it s her hope that in escaping to Rhodes with her, readers will feel they ve walked along the harbor beneath the mighty statue themselves, felt the white sand and blue sea under their feet, and met with the Redeeming God who is sovereign over the entire drama of human history.



10 thoughts on “So Shines the Night

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    Daria, an educated young widow in a time and place where respectable women were not even necessarily literate, has survived by tutoring a rich young girl in Rhodes Unfortunately, the girl s father has decided that his daughter is getting too smart, and Daria is on the run.The night she flees Rhodes, her path crosses with that of the merchant, Lucas, who offers her passage to Ephesus, where he will employ her as his tutor Lucas is a widower, moody and unpleasant But handsome, and noble in hi Daria, an educated young widow in a time and place where respectable women were not even necessarily literate, has survived by tutoring a rich young girl in Rhodes Unfortunately, the girl s father has decided that his daughter is getting too smart, and Daria is on the run.The night she flees Rhodes, her path crosses with that of the merchant, Lucas, who offers her passage to Ephesus, where he will employ her as his tutor Lucas is a widower, moody and unpleasant But handsome, and noble in his mercurial way Daria cannot help being drawn to him, even as she senses something is very wrong not only with Lucas, but with the whole city of Ephesus Cults are clashing in the streets Young women are turning up brutally murdered Greeks, Romans and Jews all suspect each other of the worst crimes Content Advisory Violence There appears to be a serial killer loose in Ephesus who targets young women His victims are usually found physically broken, with little blood left in their veins In a flashback, Daria s husband cuts her with a large knife and tries to kill her he does successfully kill himself A woman gets her throat cut A main character is sentenced to death but saved by irrefutable proof of innocence Riots break out in the Temple of Artemis Diana and the city streets Higley doesn t wallow in gore, but nor does she skirt around it Sex Hektor appears to have a creepy relationship with every woman who has the misfortune to meet him His shop and basement are full of drugged out girls who all seem to be infatuated with him, and are described in a somewhat sensual way Lucas and Daria kiss a few times Lucas frenemy, Demetrius a character mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles , makes a few predatory passes at Daria, but she s having none of that Language Nothing Substance Abuse Hektor distributes hallucinogens to his followers Lucas tries one of the drugs and Nightmare Fuel he has a vision and it s something out of Pink Floyd s The Wall which I have never seenthan five minutes of Five minutes was enough IT S TERRIFYING DO NOT READ THAT PART LATE AT NIGHT There are also a few demoniacs roaming the streets, raving and trying to throttle anyone who comes near them We see the moment when a demon takes possession of one character, and he starts acting like Gollum Gollum, not Sm agol ConclusionsCombining Biblical fiction with gothic fiction is an ambitious and improbable goal, but Tracy L Higley pulls it off with surprising verve in So Shines the Night.Higley s prose is fluid and confident, and she paints a vibrant, often lurid, picture of ancient Ephesus Daria and Lucas are flawed characters trying desperately to hold on to what little light can reach them The supporting characters are interesting too, both the creepy ones Demetrius, Lucas servants and the wholesome ones St Paul and his congregation.Of particular note is the youth, Timothy yes, that Timothy, Paul s acolyte Here Timothy is portrayed as a kind, brave and handsome lad, who is drawn to the sorrow in Daria s eyes and quickly becomes infatuated with her, before he and some of the other Way followers are forced to flee the city I was annoyed and a little disgusted when the fictional Abigail married St Stephen in Davis Bunn and Janette Oke s The Hidden Flame But Higley seems to understand that an evangelist of this era was unlikely to marry, given the constant peril they lived in, and anyway that would be an awkward fusing of a real person with a fictional one Timothy is sweet, and his innocent love warms Daria s gloomy heart, but his destiny called him elsewhere and hers view spoiler was with Lucas hide spoiler Timothy is the St John Rivers to Daria s Jane Eyre Guess who Rochester is So Shines the Night is a superlatively exciting, scary yet uplifting book Unlike many Christian books and films, this novel is willing to dive deep into darkness so that the Light may shine the brighter It s well researched historical fiction, with a mood and tropes borrowed from gothic fiction, plotted like a mystery and paced like a thriller There is definitely a Christian message of redemption in it, but it is so engrossing, twisty, and fun, that I think non Christian readers who give it a chance will thoroughly enjoy it Warmly recommended for older teens and adults


  2. Dawn Dawn says:

    Daria is a scholar who is gifted in languages When she attempts to save a child from a sect of sorcerers in Rhodes, she suddenly finds herself fleeing for her life Merchantman Lucas offers her a passage to Ephesus in exchange for teaching him the Persian language Once in Ephesus, the shadow of the ancient wonder the Temple of Artemis, casts its beauty on the city and Daria Yet she soon finds that the same evil she fled from has found her amidst the Temple s beauty Daria is offered refuge Daria is a scholar who is gifted in languages When she attempts to save a child from a sect of sorcerers in Rhodes, she suddenly finds herself fleeing for her life Merchantman Lucas offers her a passage to Ephesus in exchange for teaching him the Persian language Once in Ephesus, the shadow of the ancient wonder the Temple of Artemis, casts its beauty on the city and Daria Yet she soon finds that the same evil she fled from has found her amidst the Temple s beauty Daria is offered refuge among the followers of the Way, a religious sect that began in Jerusalem and is spreading like wildfire to all parts of the known world These followers offer a Hope that Daria never knew before Will she succumb to the evil of the gods she grew up with or answer the calling of those followers of the Way This is the first book I ve read by Tracy Higley and it won t be my last I did find that the story started off a little slow, but it moved very very quickly once I hit about chapter 3 I loved the way that the Christians of the early church were so willing to give their lives for their Savior I don t run across that attitude much with today s church Anyway, seeing the power of darkness be overcome by those who followed the Way was pretty awesome.I received the kindle version of the book for free from Thomas Nelson s booksneeze program for the purpose of reviewing, though I also bought a copy My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of Francine Rivers, Mesu Andrews, and those who enjoy Biblical Fiction.Rating 4 stars


  3. Laura A. Grace Laura A. Grace says:

    So Shines the Night was not all I had expected it to be, but it was surprisingly good While reading their were some very dark parts that made me think that I might not be able to finish the novel However, I was able too and came to see that the evil in life is not something we can run from like Daria tried to do in the beginning Their is a dark and fierce battle going on around us like Ephesians 6 12 says this also was one of the main themes in this novel For we are not fighting against So Shines the Night was not all I had expected it to be, but it was surprisingly good While reading their were some very dark parts that made me think that I might not be able to finish the novel However, I was able too and came to see that the evil in life is not something we can run from like Daria tried to do in the beginning Their is a dark and fierce battle going on around us like Ephesians 6 12 says this also was one of the main themes in this novel For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places Lucas s inner battle was another dark part of the story that had me a little hesitant on reading the novel He had a strong struggle concerning the ways of sorcery as well as his thoughts involving his trips to the place where the sorcerers did their experiments Again, I do realize that this is real stuff that does occur in our world today Some of the parts concerning these sorcerers where Daria is around them and says that she would get chills because of their darkness, I could feel too Despite that I could feel their darkness, I felt God s power too and realized that if we don t have the armor of God we truly are defenseless My reason for giving this book a four star is because I was disappointed that Daria didn t become a Christian like Lucas did I am not sure if she really surrendered herself to God s will because she doesn t give a declaration like Lucas did , but yet in the end Paul said she would teach the other young Christians I know as new Christians we do have questions, but I would have liked a confirmation if Daria really did get saved because it left me feeling unsure of her teaching others I do have to mention that Tracy did bring Acts 19 to life and it was exciting to read about the Christians hardships as well as joy during that time I did not realize how deep Ephesians were into sorcery and rituals sacrifices to the goddess that these early Christians were a target to many people who HIGHLY disagreed with their views and would do anything to get rid of them almost Overall, this was a deep read with a well written insight to the true battle that is raging all around us, whether we are Christian or not


  4. Amanda Geaney Amanda Geaney says:

    If this book were a movie you would be on the edge of your seat I was instantly engrossed in the characters and the storyline Once the author introduced the Apostle Paul and his helper Timothy into the story I just couldn t stop reading Tracy Higley ingeniously weaves the events of Acts 19 23 Acts 20 1 into this fictional storyline Titillating her readers with rich imagery, historical tidbits, and intriguing characters While there is much written about the power and practices of the sorcere If this book were a movie you would be on the edge of your seat I was instantly engrossed in the characters and the storyline Once the author introduced the Apostle Paul and his helper Timothy into the story I just couldn t stop reading Tracy Higley ingeniously weaves the events of Acts 19 23 Acts 20 1 into this fictional storyline Titillating her readers with rich imagery, historical tidbits, and intriguing characters While there is much written about the power and practices of the sorcerers in the story, which could be unsettling to some, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it I give this book 5 stars for it s entertaining storyline and message of God s power over darkness.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms Ephesians 6 12Biblical truths shared in the book God works through us Phil 2 13, Rom 6 13 God will avenge Rom 12 19 We fight a spiritual battle Eph 6 12 We are saved through faith Eph 2 8 The power of the Holy SpiritGod protectsand many


  5. Margaret Metz Margaret Metz says:

    I am a big fan of Tracy Higley because she makes history come alive I can feel the elbows and shoulders pressing into me as she fights the crowds I can imagine the tall columns of the temple, the smell of people and animalsShe describes everything in a very powerful way.The characters are complex and interesting I like watching them grow and learn the evolution of their beliefs and motivations I can relate to them as well Lucas driven by his desire to assuage his own guilt and e I am a big fan of Tracy Higley because she makes history come alive I can feel the elbows and shoulders pressing into me as she fights the crowds I can imagine the tall columns of the temple, the smell of people and animalsShe describes everything in a very powerful way.The characters are complex and interesting I like watching them grow and learn the evolution of their beliefs and motivations I can relate to them as well Lucas driven by his desire to assuage his own guilt and exact revenge for the death of his wife and child Daria trying to make a secure place for herself, to understand and control the world around her, and to know whether the darkness in Lucas is something she can save him from They both struggle with their ideas about faith and the groups vying for control over the people.This was a great story that will stay in my memory for a long time I want to thank Thomas Nelson for providing my copy in exchange for this honest review


  6. Deanna Gottreu Deanna Gottreu says:

    So Shines the Night by Tracy Higley is her latest novel in the Seven Wonders of the World series and deals with the Temple of Artemis The main theme for the story is based on Biblical scripture found in the nineteenth chapter of Acts Tracy has a unique gift for writing historical, Biblical novels and that is plainly seen in this novel that takes place in Ephesus around the year 57 AD Daria, a widow, is a very unusual woman in that she is very well educated in several languages, philosophy, hi So Shines the Night by Tracy Higley is her latest novel in the Seven Wonders of the World series and deals with the Temple of Artemis The main theme for the story is based on Biblical scripture found in the nineteenth chapter of Acts Tracy has a unique gift for writing historical, Biblical novels and that is plainly seen in this novel that takes place in Ephesus around the year 57 AD Daria, a widow, is a very unusual woman in that she is very well educated in several languages, philosophy, history, and other subjects After meeting Lucas, a wealthy merchant, in Rhodes in an unusual and somewhat funny situation, he invites her to come to Ephesus with him to be his personal tutor so that she can teach him the Persian language Daria has discovered secrets in Rhodes that endanger her life so she eagerly accepts the offer from Lucas Daria and Lucas are both searching for a second chance at happiness and love and at the same time searching for truth and freedom, but they go about it in entirely different ways Lucas changes when they reach Ephesus and begins to sink into the world of the evil sorcerers The danger escalates when Lucas is thrown in prison and Daria is afraid for his life and sanity and puts herself in danger to try to help him.Daria and Lucas encounter Paul and his Christian followers and are drawn to the people of The Way but they seem to be unable to accept the fact that there is only One God and that He forgives everyone of all their sins In their search for God, Daria and Lucas are helped by Paul, Timothy, Aquilla, Priscilla, and other members of the Christian group known as The Way Daria is given a place to live with Aquilla and Priscilla and their loving ways help her to accept God s love and forgiveness.There was a lot of spiritual darkness in the book but this was typical of this period of time in Ephesus One of the most frightening scenes was the struggle between the Christians and the sorcerers in front of the Temple of Artemis Also, the description of the shop owned by the leader of the sorcerers where unsuspecting women were given mind altering potions gave me goosebumps but even that did not seem quite as frightful as the prison where Lucas was being held There was a good deal of suspense throughout the story but especially near the end during the trial of Lucas and the events following the trial as he was on his way to be executed.As in all her other books, Tracy did an excellent job with the plot, characters, dialogue, and the description of all the scenes The story became so real to me that I felt as if I were traveling the roads in Ephesus and meeting with Paul and the early Christians and being a part of all the action I found the message of the book to be quite inspiriting and it inspired me to want to do better in my Christian walk with God I was definitely entertained by the book even though at times I was shaking in my shoes due to all the horrible things that were taking place The ending is so gripping that I was sitting on the edge of my seat and found myself holding my breath at times Tracey certainly has a gift for writing suspense into a story In spite of all the suspense and danger taking place, there was still enough romance in the story to keep the relationship between Daria and Lucas interesting.I highly recommend this book, especially to those who like historical, Biblical novels that deal with faith and the power of God interwoven in a great story and also based on historical facts This is the third novel that I have read by Tracy Higley and I think it is the best of the three In fact I will go so far as to say that this is the best Biblical novel I have read by any author.I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own


  7. Debbie Debbie says:

    So Shines the Night is a Christian historical romance set in 57 AD in Rhodes and Ephesus As usual, Higley expertly wove historical and setting details into the story so that I felt like immersed in the story, transported to Ephesus in 57 AD.The romance was a sort of Gothic romance with two hurting people who were trying to fix tragic mistakes they made in their past marriages But they find that they can t overcome the evil powers that are against them demons Yet Paul can cast out demons, So Shines the Night is a Christian historical romance set in 57 AD in Rhodes and Ephesus As usual, Higley expertly wove historical and setting details into the story so that I felt like immersed in the story, transported to Ephesus in 57 AD.The romance was a sort of Gothic romance with two hurting people who were trying to fix tragic mistakes they made in their past marriages But they find that they can t overcome the evil powers that are against them demons Yet Paul can cast out demons, so Daria becomes interested in his God The story was full of action and high suspense as Daria and Lucas went from one dangerous situation into another, and nearly everyone seemed at odds with each other except the Christians.I really enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, but I had two problems with the last third of the story it departed from what is actually stated in Acts 19 by adding significant events, people, and time gaps to the stated events and her Paul was not the man I know.The Paul that I know from Acts and his letters is a zealous man who thought he was righteously destroying blasphemers Christians , but who realized Jesus really was divine when he encountered Him on the road to Damascus After that, he was zealous for preaching this wonderful, good news no matter the price out of gratitude and joy.The Paul of So Shines the Night says that he was angry that Christians taught that there was no need for sacrifices any and that they departed from the Law Even after he realized that they taught the truth, he wanted them dead out of pride Then he met Jesus, which somehow made him stop, but now he s a guilt ridden man He believes that the suffering he endures in preaching the gospel is God s rightful punishment for his past sins, and that all other Christians are innocents who only suffer as an overflow of God s punishment on him The only thing Paul seems to learn in this story is that he can t protect others from getting hurt for being Christians, and he shouldn t be surprised by suffering that comes when sharing the gospel It s like he doesn t understand forgiveness, grace, etc.Paul gave a number of short sermons in the story, and I generally agreed with what he taught in them Some were quotes from the Bible However, I just couldn t get past the wrong theology that Paul preaches about his own situation including how God views sinners and who qualifies as a sinner And I seem to have missed Daria s acceptance of Jesus which is not the same as her rejection of the Greek gods Not to mention that Paul could be a fortune teller himself with how much knowledge God gave him about Daria s future over the course of the story.Also, I was disturbed by how the baby s mother was killed at the end The woman finally showed a glimmer of selflessness despite her terror, yet she s brutally killed to get her out of the way, and she probably died unsaved That rather ruined the happy ending for me.There was no sex There was a minor amount of he cursed style of bad language Overall, I probably would recommend this novel because of its historical immersion aspect, but keep in mind that the ending might leave you disturbed instead of happy.I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through Booksneeze


  8. Hallie Szott Hallie Szott says:

    Escaping from the dark tragedy of her past, Daria finds herself in Ephesus, serving as the tutor of a wealthy merchant, Lucas But as she becomesandacquainted with the city, Daria realizes she has not escaped at all The darkness of her past is still very alive in Ephesus and threatens to overtake her at every turn As the danger escalates, Daria must decide who to trust for salvation those who practice the traditional pagan rituals or those who follow the radical message of the Chr Escaping from the dark tragedy of her past, Daria finds herself in Ephesus, serving as the tutor of a wealthy merchant, Lucas But as she becomesandacquainted with the city, Daria realizes she has not escaped at all The darkness of her past is still very alive in Ephesus and threatens to overtake her at every turn As the danger escalates, Daria must decide who to trust for salvation those who practice the traditional pagan rituals or those who follow the radical message of the Christian God Where will she turn Will she survive to find the truth With danger and uncertainty lurking at every page turn, Tracy L Higley s So Shines the Night dares to take an imaginative look at events in Acts 19 Bringing classic biblical characters to life, like Paul and Timothy, Aquila and Priscilla, Higley s vivid and well researched narrative explores the beginnings of Christianity as it confronts a pagan city head on and turns the characters lives upside down This combination of real, historical events with the conflict ridden storylines of Daria and Lucas is exactly what I love about historical fiction novels Challenging me to consider the day in, day out reality of the early church and its effect on the lives of ordinary people, this novel is definitely a recommendation to anyone with an interest in biblical fiction And as usual, I truly appreciate BookSneeze for providing me with a free copy of this novel and the opportunity to review it honestly.http pagebypagebookbybook.blogspot


  9. Susan Susan says:

    Loved this book I d forgotten how much I love Biblical fiction Looking forward toby this author.


  10. Emily Anderson Emily Anderson says:

    WOW Such an amazing and thrilling read The characters are well developed and the plot will take you by surprise It really helps you understand the devastating and evil atmosphere of Ephesus at the time, but it also illustrates the impact that Paul had on the community The historic section at the end is a joy to read, and the prologue and epilogue tie together beautifully When I finished the book, it was recommended by the author to read Acts 19 After reading the chapter, it just made me L WOW Such an amazing and thrilling read The characters are well developed and the plot will take you by surprise It really helps you understand the devastating and evil atmosphere of Ephesus at the time, but it also illustrates the impact that Paul had on the community The historic section at the end is a joy to read, and the prologue and epilogue tie together beautifully When I finished the book, it was recommended by the author to read Acts 19 After reading the chapter, it just made me LOVE the book evenPLEASE read You won t be disappointed Well done, Tracey L Higley


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