Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Story Time . . . THE MASTER'S WALL by Sandi Rog

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The Master's Wall
By Sandi Rog

David never thought he would see his parents dragged away by Roman soldiers—and he certainly never thought he would wake up a slave. But when he's taken to a villa outside Rome and told he will serve there, he knows exactly what he must do—either earn or steal his freedom, so that he can find out what became of his sister. But invisible bonds hold him to the villa. His own word of honor . . . and the spirited granddaughter of his master.

Alethea already watched her father die because he was a Christian. When she learns her new friend David is one as well, she at once yearns to know about his God and wants to avoid Him at all cost, lest she lose her life as well.
He fights for his freedom. She fights for her life. Together they fight for each other.”

Can I just say “Wow!”? Or maybe “Stunning!”? I love stories set in the first century, and The Master's Wall ranks as one of the best I've read to date. The characters are exactly what a reader wants—full of spirit, full of fire, full of temper that leads them into trouble . . . and faith that helps them through it. The setting is so richly portrayed that you'll feel like you've donned a toga and are wandering through the villa.
Sandi Rog uses these gripping characters and stunning setting to execute a plot that will keep you guessing and dreaming and yearning along with Alethea and David. The Master's Wall is so enthralling that it even haunted my dreams when I put it down halfway through—and you can bet I finished it the next day!

There's so much I loved about it—the brutal reality of slavery depicted. The sweet hope of a girl whose innocence has been marred by tragedy. The enduring faith of a boy who determines to spread the Gospel, even in captivity. And when the depravity of man butts against the perfect will of God, you can bet there's going to be a lot of conflict to keep those pages turning!

For lovers of Biblical and first century fiction, you will not want to miss this one! And for those unfamiliar with the genre but interested in history, pick up The Master's Wall for a trip to Ancient Rome that will make it feel like home. This is one I'm going to be recommending to everyone I know.

*This book was provided free of charge from the publisher for review purposes


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