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Thursday, October 10, 2013

REVIEW: City on Fire by Tracy L Higley

Title: City on Fire : A Novel of Pompeii
Author: Tracy L Higley
Series: none
Genre: religious fiction
Published Date: September 17. 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Buy it Link (amazon Affiliate Link included): City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice.
In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth.
Cato, a wealthy politician, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn t play the game, his family could pay the price. Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians . . . and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily.
Political unrest reaches a boiling point as Christians are jailed and executed, and the mountain in the distance threatens to destroy the city with its river of fire. Cato and Ariella must act quickly and courageously to save their loved ones before all is lost.

Review: I'd like to thank Book Sneeze and the publishers for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a great book. It was my second Tracy Higley book, and she never fails to amaze me with her writing. I have thoroughly enjoyed the combination of historical fiction with Christian writing in her books. It's not overly religious, which is something that has always turned me off. In fact, like the other book I read from her, So Shines The Night, if you take out the Christian parts of it, it could easily stand alone as a very enjoyable historical fiction book.
The author puts in just enough detail to make you feel as if you're there, without bogging down the story line with unnecessary details. I really hope that I can read more of her books in the future, because she is definitely rising on my list of favorite authors.

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