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While very long (and addictive) this novel is wonderfully inspiring. Be prepared to spend lengths of your time with it. Francine Rivers does a great job developing her characters in the historical context of the early Christians in Rome and all of these stories are thought provoking. It's scary how the Roman society (as portrayed here) devolved into something similar to our society today! I'm not sure how historically accurate they might be, but I would like to think they are....
I wanted to particularly mention the narrator- he does a fabulous job differentiating the characters by voice, being consistent throughout which is very helpful considering the variety of males and females who hold conversations in the story.
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This is the 2nd in a series of 3 books and the 1st is just as good. While this book is full of Christian values and morals, it is far from being free of violence. The author uses the main character (the slave girl, Hadassah) to teach some of the best and most in-depth lessons I have ever seen on how and why to be humble, meek, forgiving, and loving -- in short, how and why to be a true Christian. Christianity aside, these books will compare favorably with any in terms of action, adventure, suspense, and characters you really know and care about. The narration is excellent. 5 stars.
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