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  • Posted September 3, 2010

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    Enjoyable but not Amazing

    Sophia and her pain co-exist in the seclusion of her lighthouse, til the political forces at play threaten the one thing she loves more than her solitude. To protect it she must venture forth and, in the process, face the lies that overshadow her life and soul. Can she find love and acceptance through an enemy?

    Guardian of the Flame is set in historical Alexandria, Egypt with Cleopatra and Julius Caesar floating amidst the 379 pages. The unique historical setting, combined with the lovably flawed main character make for an enjoyable read that is engaging more often than not.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    3rd in Seven Wonders series is wonderfully written

    Guardian of the Flame by T.L. Higley is the third book in the historical fiction Seven Wonders series. Sophia has spent her life keeping the fire at the top of the Lighthouse of Alexandria lit and encouraging the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom at the city's famed Library. Both are threatened by the arrival of Julius Caesar and his troops. Even worse, the wall she has built around her heart is in danger from the glances from Pilus Prior Bellus, a leader of the centurions. Higley's series about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world just keeps getting better and better! This novel is the perfect blend of history and fiction. She takes the true story of the burning of Alexandria and the joining of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar and brings it to life through a few fictional characters. Sophia is taken on a journey that will shatter the defenses of the lighthouse and her heart. Higley uses lots of metaphors to powerful effect throughout the book in describing Sophia's refusal to love others. This book really has everything, action, suspense, romance, mystery, and history that together make a potent mix. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    Enjoyable read.

    I haven't read a story written by this author before and I really enjoyed it. Last week I read Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran, so it was cool to hang out in the ancient world a bit longer. In Guardian of the Flame, Cleopatra is involved with Julius Caesar and is trying to save her country while holding on to power at the same time. Sophia, the main character in this book, is forced to trust a Roman Centurion and the tension between them is delightfully charged with both animosity and attraction. Usually books that I've read where the man and woman hold anger toward each other seems forced at best. However, this set up seemed more realistic to me as did the subtle shift in affection between them. I loved the romantic element in this story. It was delicious. The emotional impact was intense as well, like the situation where someone unexpected from her past is revealed. Telling you who that surprise person is would be a spoiler, so I'm keeping that a secret. The setting was rich with history and I culture. The situations the characters found themselves in seemed impossible to escape. I love stories that keep me holding my breath and longing for the characters to find love and peace. This one was definitely that, plus it had just enough tension to keep me reading while making my heart pound with anticipation. That's always a great combination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

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    Another good installment in the series!

    T.L. Highley, the author, does a very nice of recreating the world of ancient Egypt in this 3rd installment and it holds as a standalone novel, no reading of the first two books in the series is necessary to appreciate this version. The interesting aspect of the book was that the story is told from different points of view (the Lightkeeper, the Roman captain, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, etc.) without losing the continuity of the story. While the story is fiction, it is based on actual events and held my attention without it being a history lesson. In fact, more history would have been appreciated. That being said, the author did seem to lose focus at certain points - was this a retelling of history, a light romance or a creative version of past events. If you are a serious history buff, this story is not for you. If you enjoy a well written novel based on history but not heavy on the details, 'The Guardian of the Flame' is the book for you.
    I will definitely go back and read the first two installments. A well written and researched story and one that I easily will recommend in the future.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

    Bringing history to life

    T.L. Higley's 3rd book in the Seven Wonders series is FANTASTIC! I read a lot of books, and very few historical novels capture and keep my interest as this one did. Many of us remember the scene in the classic film "Cleopatra" starring Elizabeth Taylor where she rolls out of a carpet in front of Caesar. That is in the book, but this is not really a book about Cleopatra. It is about Sophia, the lighthouse keeper. I found it fascinating, not only because it is historically based, but because the author brought the characters to life- made them real to me. I could relate to their fears and happiness, their pride and delight. I found myself curious to learn more about the lighthouse and the history surrounding it. Thanks, Tracy, for a wonderful book!!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Guardian of the Flame

    Guardian of the Flame
    A Seven Wonders Novel
    T.L. Higley
    2009
    B & H Publishing
    Fiction/Historical/Christian

    Reviewed by Cindy Loven

    Set in Alexandria Egypt, 48 BC Guardian of the Flame is truly like no other book I have read. A book that will grab you, lead you to a comfy chair and keep you there first page to the last page. Truly a fascinating book.

    Sophia, a woman of great tragedy, loosing her husband and baby in a shipwreck years earlier, has hidden herself in the lighthouse for years. As the Keeper of the Light, she is responsible for keeping the light burning in the lighthouse. A woman of means, and great learning, Sophia takes pride in her position. Her family has been the Keepers of the Light for generations.

    Cleopatra, co-regent to the throne of Egypt, a student of languages at Sophia's knee, is playing with fire. More exactly she is giving her heart over to the Roman conqueror Julius Caesar Taking a gamble that will keep her as a ruler of Egypt, she sneaks into the castle of her upbringing and joins herself to Caesar

    The Roman Army is in the city of Alexandria, war is bound to break out as the Ptolemy's jostle and juggle for leadership of the nation of Egypt. This story will unfold, with great mystery, romance and heartbreak. Love will find its way back into Sophia's life. Romantic love? Or familial love? Read this wonderful story and join in the search for love that Sophia has felt she does not deserve.

    A book in the Seven Wonders series T. L. Higley has truly written a novel that deserves a five star rating. She has done extensive research, as the writing in the book will reveal. A book set in the times of idolatry and worship of false gods, T. L. Higley weaves the love of the one true God into this story. A wonderful book, with a believable, plausible story line, most definitely a book to keep for the home library. 384 pages.

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    Posted September 14, 2010

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