So, I’m back home, once again, and am quite behind on book reviews =) There are likely to be quite a few posts for a couple weeks until I get all caught up…..
First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption-the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.
After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.
Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future-and very lives-hanging in the balance.
When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.
Thief of Corinth written by Tessa Afshar, was the first book by this author that I have read. And I must say, it left me wanting to read more of her books :D I liked the way Mrs. Afshar took an obscure verse in Acts and expounded upon it, opening our minds to the situations, people, and places of the time.
The writing style was lovely and wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the way the words pulled me into the story line, leaving me waiting to see what would happen next. The historicity of the book was accurate, and I could tell that a lot of research had been put into the plot. As the characters are placed in compromising spots, the right path is always clearly laid out and the wrong path is condemned….even if the character doesn’t choose the right path at that moment.
The story starts characters who are very worldly — they are Greeks, they worship the Greek idols, and have never even heard of Jesus Christ. It is based very well around this passage in Acts:”Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite…” (Acts 17:16 – 34)
Dionysius is Ariadne’s brother in the story, and you get the history of the Stoicks and Epicureans from his point of view. When Paul comes and reasons with those two groups, we see Dionysius’ response to that message, and the book details a distinct change of heart that is wonderful to read about. When the various characters come to Christ, there is true repentance seen and apologies are offered for past ways of living — and that is why I absolutely fell in love with the book <3
There was only one thing I didn’t like about it — there were a scene between a female slave and a guy in the beginning of the book. Nothing too detailed, but I still skipped over to the end of the chapter, and that was the only place I skipped anything. I don’t know if it is a common theme in Tessa Afshar’s books, ’cause this is the first I’ve read, as I said before. But it wasn’t so terrible that I wouldn’t be willing to read another one, as I’ve also said :D
I would recommended this for 18+ because of that one scene, and also a few other suspenseful scenes and surprising things that happen. Nothing wrong, just that maturity is definitely needed to understand fully everything that goes on. I’d give it four stars, and I will definitely be reading this again.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was not required to enjoy it. All thoughts are my own.