On an island teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.
She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her.
But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.
So Shines the Night is Christian Historical Fiction, the plot taking place in ancient Ephesus. The author obviously knows her stuff – not in an in-your-face way but in a way of creating a real sense of time and place. The atmosphere is an affecting one.
Daria, the main character, is fleeing her old life and its frightening secrets. Lucas, the would-be rescuer, has a past of his own. The book weaves the themes of good and evil in portraying the followers of the Way (the Christians) and the sorcerers – and where they clash.
This book won’t be to everyone’s taste but it is well written. The difficulties, as with any book of this type, is that sometimes you find yourself protesting at the depiction of historical figures – eg Paul and Timothy. This will always be the case when trying to write a story of this kind, as what you have imagined, or gleaned from what you know, may deviate from the author’s depiction.
I say this in a gentle way – there is no major issue here, but small things, like describing Paul as a charismatic speaker, were not as I have considered him to be – or at least, not according to him in his letters!
An absorbing read – although probably not one I’d read again.