A prosperous trader, Marcus Lucianus Valerian has made a fortune providing sand and slaves for the Roman games But Hadassah, a slave in his family s household, has enchanted him with her quiet beauty and her staunch faith in Christ When Marcus sister sends Hadassah to almost certain death in the games, Marcus feels that his life has been ripped apart Now he is on his way to Jerusalem to find out about Hadassah s god, unaware that a miracle awaits him back in RomeThe political intrigue of the imperial city provides a dramatic backdrop for Marcus spiritual quest This rich and unforgettable work achieves even greater impact through Richard Ferrone s dramatic narration I believe I liked An a Echo in the Darkness better than A Voice in the Wind Both are awesome and incredible but everything came together in this one This story is about Marcus s journey But never fear Hadassah is definitely in it This series is so incredible And the ending is Umph Awesome Read it Or miss out AUDIO On Sale for 3.99 normally 42.00 POINT FIVE STARSAn Echo in the Darkness is a continuation of the biblical principles from book one One of the main things that drives the story is the transformation that Hadassah, Marcus and Julia must face both in the physical realm but also in spiritual realm Their past transgressions bond them to their inner selves while not allowing them to be truly free Life choices have come to collect their dues and left in the wa AUDIO On Sale for 3.99 normally 42.00 POINT FIVE STARSAn Echo in the Darkness is a continuation of the biblical principles from book one One of the main things that drives the story is the transformation that Hadassah, Marcus and Julia must face both in the physical realm but also in spiritual realm Their past transgressions bond them to their inner selves while not allowing them to be truly free Life choices have come to collect their dues and left in the wake is regret and emptiness A pilgrimage for answers on who this christian God is leads for a deeper and meaningful story I m not sure what happened but it seems the author changed the name of one of the characters I contacted KC right away to ask her who Olympia is because in book 2 it is mentioned that she introduced Julia to Calabah Both KC and I remember it being Octavia who introduced her to Calabah We both tried to Nancy Drew the situation and came up short Maybe this mistake , if it is one, was put in the story like the Amish do with their quilts purposely plan a mistake into each of their projects because they believe attempts at human perfection mocks God So, I m going to view this oversight as an allowance for a human touch on this book.I was conflicted on how to rate this book because the first 75% of the book I liked it BUT didn t love it After reflecting on the story it dawned on me why I wasn t connecting with it like I had the first one My heart always craves the romance in stories and while this one does have that it took while for it to happen The characters must first be right with God before they are free to romantically give their heart to another I m not a fan of the romance couple not being together for the majority of the book and that s what happened here It wasn t until the last 25% of book when they were placed in the same situation did I begin to love the story The last part of the book was definitely 5 stars for me while the other of the story was only 4 stars SERIES Book 1 2 continuing story Book 3 is spinoff of a character from book 1 A Voice in the Wind review I LOVED THIS STORY There were so many life lessons in this book, like the first one, that I wanted to highlight I read it in two days HONEST I couldn t put it down, I was hassling my friend for the 2nd book I love the changes of each character, though I wanted to back hand Julia I loved the journey that Marcus went through, I loved the fact that Phoebe became a Christian and did everything in her power to do the Lord s will I loved how the memory verses in this story, tied so strongly wit I LOVED THIS STORY There were so many life lessons in this book, like the first one, that I wanted to highlight I read it in two days HONEST I couldn t put it down, I was hassling my friend for the 2nd book I love the changes of each character, though I wanted to back hand Julia I loved the journey that Marcus went through, I loved the fact that Phoebe became a Christian and did everything in her power to do the Lord s will I loved how the memory verses in this story, tied so strongly with the scene situation they were written in I was sooo emotional at the end, and at some parts in the middle, of the story I loved how Marcus went after Hadassah, and didn t turn away from her calling her beautiful An awww moment Most of the struggles and questions that are in this book are questions that I sometimes face and that I hear, and most of the time I have no answers to these questions This, and the first book, have reminded me that I should ask the Lord for the right words and not to think of my own, as I wont get the message across I also laughed at myself, now that I think about it, when Tapatha sp came to EphesusI would ve put the book down if her intentions for Marcus became a reality lol Francine Rivers, Praise The Lord, for your books Second in the series I bought the first book not realizing it was part of a series I finished it while my husband and I were out I made him turn around and drive to the closest bookstore You must have the second book in hand before you finish the first Just so you know.The prologue will take you by the throat and threaten to stop your heart It s that gripping What tangled webs we weave.Marcus Valerian has bottomed out Hadassah, now horrifically disfigured, is brought into the life of Second in the series I bought the first book not realizing it was part of a series I finished it while my husband and I were out I made him turn around and drive to the closest bookstore You must have the second book in hand before you finish the first Just so you know.The prologue will take you by the throat and threaten to stop your heart It s that gripping What tangled webs we weave.Marcus Valerian has bottomed out Hadassah, now horrifically disfigured, is brought into the life of a local physician who she apprentices under The hand of God is so profoundly involved in her life and her work that she becomes known as the healer Her faith which began as a barely detectable mustard seed, is now the center of her existence Her obedience has cost her, and not only is her body broken, her heart is as well She now must keep her identity hidden beneath the veil that hides her scars But she continues in her role of serving, though now it is expressed through physical and spiritual healing The Valerian family continues down the dark path of materialism and an appetite forAs in her previous book, Miss Rivers exposes us to the not so ancient practices and tastes of first century Rome, and the devastating results they bring about in the lives of those who choose them We continue to follow Marcus, who we grew to love and hate in Voice in the Wind His life and the life of his sister Julia, have taken drastically different paths than that of their house servant, Hadassah But there is a larger story at work And the details of each life are woven into an absolutely marvelous picture I don t want to write details, because this book is so fabulous that I wouldn t want to spoil one word of it Suffice to say that I couldn t have imagined a better book than the first But this book was one of the most satisfying books I have ever read You must read the first book to enjoy the second, but let me say it again my favorite book EVER I originally read it 17 years ago, and no book has been it s equal for me personally To be fair, some have come close But nope This book is it for me I think you need to read it