To all of those who have tried and failed at writing Biblical fiction, read A Voice in the Wind, the beginning of the Mark of the Lion trilogy.
The story follows a Roman woman who longs for love and beauty-in all the wrong places. Julia is the daughter of a Roman centurion, so she has everything she could want-servants, men, riches, jewels-but not the kind of beauty she wants. Even after she marries, she is not satisfied.
Haddasseh is one of Julia's new servants, purchased at the marketplace. She is Jewish, contrary the to beliefs of her mistress. But she is always there for Julia when she needs a friend at the end of the day.
Marcus is Julia's brother, a Roman soldier under his father. He is in love with Hadasseh, but her being as Jewess, will not return the kind of love he wants.
Acrutes is a German warrior taken as a Roman prisoner and trained to be a gladiator in the arena. he will do whatever he can to earn his freedom.
Though there is a large cast of characters in this book, larger than I mentioned above, it never really gets confusing. It does a good job of setting up the next two books and greatly prompts the reader to read on.
Don't shy away when you see the book's length; read on. You won't regret it.
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