Review: Palace of Darkness: A Novel of Petra by T.L. Higley

18850676Original Title: Petra: City In Stone

Original Release: September 15th 2010

Release Date: September 9th 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: Paperback (368 pages)

Source: Publisher via Booklook Bloggers

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She believed the city in stone could protect her from the past–until it threatened to destroy her future.

Cassia, a destitute young widow, seeks refuge for herself and her young son, Alexander, in Petra, the home of his late father’s estranged family. The capital of the flourishing Arabian empire, a city carved in rock and still free of Roman control, Petra is hidden away among towering sandstone cliffs. Cassia hopes to secure a future here with Alexander’s relatives and enjoy the family life she’s never known.

But Alexander’s father was not the man Cassia thought. He kept a great secret from her–a secret that leads an evil queen to steal Alexander from his mother and plan his destruction.

As the plot against her son unfolds, Cassia finds unexpected allies in her new friend, Julian, and the mysterious followers of The Way. These strangers sacrifice everything to help Cassia rescue her son from the dark palace and the pagan queen. And they offer Cassia the love and security of a family–asking for nothing in return.

With Roman soldiers poised to invade the city, Cassia learns that it will take more than her new friends to save her son’s life. It will take a strength and a power beyond any Cassia has ever known–if she is willing to surrender and trust in the One True God.

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I think that it’s safe to say that Tracy Higley is becoming one of my favorite historical fiction authors. I love the way she researches and brings forth a story that captures readers attention from start to finish. The characters are described well and the setting is beyond what I expected. Then again, I did expect it to be well put together, because from the other work that I have read from this author, she really does an amazing job at world building.

Cassia is on the run from her past so she takes her son to Petra, the city of stone, after discovering that his father is from there. After getting acquainted with the family, and feeling safer and more secure than ever, it quickly becomes evident that she, and especially her son, are in danger. Cassia must find a way to protect her son and begins to put her trust in God. With help from Julian, who is also trying to keep his family safe after leaving Rome, she wonders will it be enough to keep her son out of harms way. From the many obstacles that were thrown in their way, I didn’t think that it would end all too well and I kept fidgeting the whole time while reading it. Now, would I recommend this book? Yes, if you love historical fiction that’s well researched and brings viability to the story. Aside from the historical aspect, there is also the religious side. If you aren’t comfortable reading Christian Fiction, then I don’t think this book would be a great read for you. That being said, I am not offended by any religion and I found this book to be a great read in itself. A great story that I really enjoyed reading.


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