Is the price of true friendship ever too high?
In AD 122, Adela, the fiery daughter of a Germanic chieftain, is kidnapped and taken across the Roman frontier to be sold as a slave. When horse-trader Otto wins her while gambling with her kidnappers, he entrusts her to his friend and trading partner, Galen. Then Otto is kidnapped by the same men, and Galen must track them half way across the Empire before his best friend loses a fight to the death in a Roman arena.
Adela joins Galen in the chase, hungry for vengeance. As the perilous journey deepens their friendship, will the kind, faithful man open her eyes to a life she never dreamed she’d want?
A trip to the heart of the Empire poses mortal danger to a man who follows Jesus, especially when he must seek the help of an enemy of the faith for Otto to survive. Tiberius hunted Christians when he governed Germania Superior and banished his own son when he became one.
When Tiberius learns sparing Galen offers a chance at reconciliation, he joins the trio on their journey home. Can his animosity toward the followers of Jesus survive a trip with the Christian man whose courage and faithfulness demand his respect?
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Carol Ashby continues to pen an engrossing tale of the early Christians in Faithful, the 4th book in the Light of the Empire series. She has obviously researched the setting of Rome and the surrounding countries of its great empire. The historical details are not forced as they flow seamlessly throughout the story. This is a story filled with slave traders, gladiators, and the most powerful families of Rome. But mostly it is a story of friendship, with Galen being the most loyal of friends, as he is willing to sacrifice himself as he seeks to free his friend, Otto. This is a beautiful picture of Galen's faith, one he is willing to share. Will he be able to share his testimony with the woman who has won his heart? Can he convince her it is not the size of the man, but the size of his heart that matters? Will he be able to reconcile a family that has been separated by the Roman empire's persecution of the early Christians? This is a harsh world, one that continually challenges if I would be strong enough to take the same stand for my faith. I eagerly look forward to reading more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.