Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Book Review: Petra, City of Stone

Petra, City of Stone by T.L. Higley

Petra: City in Stone

In the first century, out-spoken Christians are fed to lions in arenas for the pleasure of callous citizens.  That is, unless you have a father in the Senate, like Julian does.  However, after his close friends are martyred, Julian must escape Rome to Petra, the city carved out of stone.  Is this stone citadel beyond the reach of the Roman Empire?

Cassia must escape Damascus after her swindling husband is exposed and killed.  With only her young son Alexander and the clothes on her back, Cassia heads to the one place she knows there is family - Petra.  Will the city prove to be the safe haven she has been searching for?

My Thoughts:

This book is action, action, action from the first page.  You are quickly drawn into this story of the first century.  There are devoted Christians, savage Romans, and gods and goddesses that are worshiped by an evil queen.  The story takes twists and turns that the reader doesn't see coming.  I really enjoyed reading it.

A surprising theme of the book was the spiritual warfare that was waged in the story.  If you have read any of Frank Peretti's books, these are along similar lines.  Higley did a great job of illuminating the spiritual forces that were warring over the city of Petra.  As my pastor would say, he used his spiritual imagination.

Overall I thought this was a well written book with complex characters.  The story was engaging and I couldn't wait to see how it would end.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

A complementary Kindle version of Petra, City of Stone was provided to me by NetGalley.

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