As always, this Francine Rivers book not only met but exceeded expectations. Hadassah is the person everyone wants to be like. Marcus, Atretes, Decimus, Claudius, and others are the people we find that we are most like. Julia and Anomia are people you hope you never become but they are also the people in whom you see the depth of God's incredible grace. This is a great story...especially the audio version.
I read the Mark of the Lion series years ago. Listening to it makes it even better. I feel inspired and uplifted.
The Biblical message that no one is beyond God's love is a message that everyone needs to hear. Through this story I felt very close to the characters and their challenges. This story provided inspiration to me to love nonbelievers and to reach out to them by example as well as with sharing the Good News.
Excellent job with the many voices. He helped me to see the characters with my mind's eye.
Through God, all things are possible.
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I have read this book from a hardcopy, and have listened to the story three or four times at least. The narrator does an incredibly great job with this story, his inflections are excellent, his ability to convey a female character as well as a Male is wonderful. Francine Rivers is able to examine characters and develop them in amazing ways. This is set 40 to 50 years after Christ's death, when the apostle John was still living. It follows Atretes, a character from the first book. I highly recommend it, however it would be best to read the very first book in the trilogy. The second and third books can be read out of order.
Excellent continuation of the story that was roughly started in Book One. I preferred the first two books in the Mark of the Lion series but it was entertaining nonetheless. Lots of interesting details on German tribes and how they functioned.
Along with the rest of the series, outstanding, intriguing, captivating!
He is an excellent narrator.
The whole book moved me.
Wish I could have given it a 10!
Theophilus may have to be my favorite because he was the strongest in his faith throughout the book, and helped Atretes and Rizpah on their journey.
Atretes. Reminds me of Maximus in The Gladiator. I'd probably have to chastise him for some things he did in the book, lol.
If you expect this one to be as good as the first two, you will be greatly disappointed. Just put it in a class of it's own, apart from the other two. Atretes is angry and rough throughout most of the book. Rizpah is suggested, perhaps, as having the same qualities as Hadassah, but she misses the mark a bit for me. There were a couple of scenes that really disappointed me, a few miracles that made me say, "What?" and then an action or two of Atretes toward Rizpah that I didn't like. I probably wouldn't have rated this book like I did had it not been for the fact that it was the finale in the series, and it was just lacking. I would have stopped it with the second book, but there were too many loose threads to be tied as far as Atretes was concerned.
Spiritually moving, Exciting
When Theophalas recited the events of the Old Testament with Artretes
Others he has read for Francine Rivers
When Artretes was saved and he wanted to know everything about Jesus Christ