Petra: City of Stone
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Broadman and Holden (September 2010)
Petra, the wondrous ancient city carved from the mountains of modern Jordan, is at the height of its glory in this gripping historical novel by T. L. Higley. A young widow, Cassia, and her son, Alexander, have arrived there seeking protection with her late husband's estranged family. But when Cassia discovers the man she married was heir to the throne, the power-hungry Queen Hagiru plots to murder Alexander so that her own child will someday rule. The queen, priestess of the sun-god, Dushrat, calls on demonic powers in her quest, but Cassia is prepared for the fierce spiritual battle to save her son, joining a Roman named Julian and his community of believers in the Jewish Messiah. Together they seek a mighty movement of God far stronger than any dark heart or city made of stone.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T.L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written three previous novels and more than fifty drama productions for church ministry. She is especially passionate about "breaking down emotional and philosophical barriers that people have put up between themselves and Christ."
Visit the author's website at http://www.tlhigley.com/
Petra: City of Stone is the historical account of a wicked queen determined to ensure that her son is heir to the throne of Petra, even though he is not the rightful heir. Queen Hagiru will stop at nothing to ensure the future for her son as king. She calls on demonic powers to win her battles, and the whole land is held captive under darkness and evil powers.
Cassia and her son Alexander arrived in Petra looking for the relatives of her late husband, with no idea that her son is actually first in line as heir to the throne. Evil Queen Hagiru is determined to stop Alexander to claim his place as King, and she has him held against Cassia's wishes in the palace. She vows to have him killed, and Cassia is thrown out of the palace and ordered to leave Petra permanently.
A small group of Christian believers meet in secret, and Cassia finds herself enveloped by love and friendship by this group. They devise a plan to help rescue Alexander from the palace, but they have a huge battle ahead of them.
I have always been fascinated with historical architecture and stone carvings, and I would love to see the ancient ruins of Petra someday. This book has brought this period in history alive to me in a new and fresh way.
This story is an intense spiritual battle between the powers of darkness and light. My words simply cannot describe the awesomeness of this battle, and it is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read!
MY RATING - 5 out of 5
Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of Petra: City of Stone from B&H Publishing through Net Galley, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for my thoughts.