Friday has come again! I am still reading one of the books I included a couple of weeks ago, and a title from NetGalley. I usually try to read at least one Print book and one Kindle book at once (often two), and since my new year's resolution is to try to finish all the unread books on my Kindle, I might as well plough into them.
Turns out some books I have had on there for a long time: I mean a really long time, like two years or more. So I chose my next read by going backward chronologically, and looking for the oldest unread books and came up with the one I am featuring today.
Indy author Alicia A. Willis (now Alicia Jones), writes in the style of the classical authors like G.A.Henty, who only puts a lot of research into her books, but also consults historians who specialize in the subjects and period she writes about.
I have featured reviews of the titles in her Comrades of Honor Trilogy, set in 13th century England and France on this site. From the Dark to the Dawn is a standalone title, which covers the very different territory of Ancient Rome.
Decadent Rome, 61 Anno Domini. The masters of the universe have crushed the Iceni rebellion with an iron hand, slaughtering and enslaving her people.
For Philip, his existence as a captive means living to hatred. He despises his rich, young master, resenting his life of servitude and the wrestling feats Marcus forces him to perform. Bitterness engulfs his soul until he only lives for the day when he will crush the might of Rome.
Then Christianity enters the picture. Taught by a Jewish breadmaker to know the man called Christus, Philip begins the struggle to forgive and honor his master. But forgiveness is not easy towards one who lives for himself.
Marcus Virginius knows nothing but power and pleasure. Destined to a successful career serving Nero in the Praetorian Guard, he wants no part of Christianity. And he is determined to crush Philip’s newfound faith – no matter what it takes.
Join Philip and Marcus in their journey of redemption, faith, and forgiveness. Is love enough to conquer hate? And will the light of the gospel ever surmount the darkness of Rome?
Persecution abounds – will the two young men survive its terrors and live to experience the bright hope of a new dawn?