_225_350_Book.1332.cover Palace of Darkness is a stand-alone novel in the Lost Cities novels by Tracy L. Higley.  Set in AD 106, it follows a single mother named Cassia and her six-year-old son, Alexander, as they try to find someplace where they’ll fit in and no longer be destitute.  Fleeing to the great city of stone, Petra, Cassia hopes that they’ll be greeted by loving family and that everything will be as it should be… but it’s not.  Due to circumstances beyond Cassia’s control, she loses her son and is forced to eventually realize that she’s unable to save Alexander on her own.  She’ll need help from the followers of the Way.

This story also follows Julian, a young man who is running from everything he knows in an attempt to get away from the plans that God has had in store for him and to get away from the persecution of the church in Rome.  Fleeing to Petra, he tries to start over but God definitely has different plans for him and soon he finds himself trying to lead the church in Petra by learning to serve.

Overall, this was an excellent read and any fans of Christian historical fiction should at least give it a try.  I’ve read other books by this author and I’ve been impressed by each and every one of them and look forward to reading more.  This is a definite must read for anyone who enjoys learning more about ancient civilizations as well.

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