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A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion #1)

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This classic series has already inspired nearly 2 million readers, but both loyal fans and new readers will want this 20th anniversary edition of a Christian classic, which includes a foreword from the publisher, a letter from and Q & A with Francine Rivers, color map, an illustrated glossary, and discussion questions suitable for personal and group use. The first book...more
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Published September 21st 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 1st 1993)
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El
This was my first foray into Christian Fiction and I had very low expectations, anticipating a preachy text with so-so writing and the occasional miracle thrown in. And at times, this book can be all those things.
But Rivers' trump card is her characters, and before I knew it I was in love, really in love, with these people. I was shocked at how much I cared, and how quickly. I've enjoyed better writing, and not all of Rivers' points hit the mark for me, but I've come across few characters that...more
Viktoriya Shostak
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Allison
I read this book back in 2003 and LOVED it. It was possibly one of the best books I have ever read. I never got around to reading the next two in the series, so I am re-reading it now, so that I can continue with the series.

***update***
Just finished re-reading this and I am so glad I did, because I had forgotten so much of the plot! If possible, I forgot just how MUCH I love this book. I think it is my number one favorite book ever. I can't wait to continue with book number 2, and eventually rea...more
Gracee
Oct 07, 2008 Gracee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: willing to be entertained involving a Christian theme
Recommended to Gracee by: Margi
Shelves: own
Wonderful book. Francine Rivers used to write secular novels, but found her calling was with Christian stories.

I found myself pulled into the story, wanting to know what happens next, and being fascinated with the Roman way of life. Knowing how Francine Rivers writes, I'm sure the historical accounts of everyday Roman life is pretty accurate. Yes, there is love and romance, but only hints of sex. Nothing tawdry. The descriptions of the Roman gladiator fights were fairly graphic, not to mention...more
Lady Jane
I have a different perspective than most of the Goodreads reviewers of A Voice in the Wind. An avoider of the romance genre--both Christian and secular--I loved the first part of the book, depicting the fall of Jerusalem and Haddassah's transition to Roman slavery. I previously dispassionately stored in my mind the historic fact that losers in wars became the slaves of their conquerors, but Ms. Rivers' long, emotive description made the horror and depth of that trauma real to me in a manner I ha...more
MAP
This story follows Hadassah, a Judean Christian brought to Rome after the fall of Jerusalem, Marcus and Julia, two young Roman citizens, and Atretes, a German warrior and chieftain defeated in battle and brought to Rome as a gladiator.

The good: This book was head and shoulders above any other Christian fiction I've read, in terms of willingness to write about the seamier things as well as simple writing talent. In general, I was pleased with how the author portrayed Rome. She didn't shy away fro...more
Ganise C.
This is the most frustrating book I have ever read. Second to it is Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke. Those who've read it know what kind of emotional furnace there is that book. Frustrations upon frustrations, complications upon complications ― basically, you're put through a wringer. If you're considering A Voice in the Wind, believe me, you are in for that kind of turmoil and so much more.

How much wretchedness can a person go through? How low can a character possibly go, morally? Is there a pi...more
Bambi
Jan 02, 2008 Bambi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who needs something to believe in no matter the situation
This is the first book in a series of three. I read this one and the second one, but not the third. The storyline/characters change in the third and those characters didn't intrigue me like the characters/main theme in books one and two.

This is Christian fiction. Francine Rivers came highly recommended and I tried to read a couple of her books on several occassions but just couldn't get into them. That was not the case with this one. It started with a bang and was a page turner until the end. I...more
Jamie
I LOVE THIS SERIES! Francine Rivers has done amazing things in these books. What an inspiring character! I just kept finding myself wanting to be like Hadassah. It's hard to love others like Jesus did...more than myself. I am all the time reminded of my shortfalls and selfishness. But, Hadassah reminds me of many of the characters in the Bible. I am amazed by the tough choices that she makes and wondered if I could do the same thing in similar circumstances. The historical aspect of the book is...more
Lisa Bergren
Loved this. Still one of my top 10 of all Christian fiction novels...
DW
I am flabbergasted that this book gets so many positive reviews. The writing is so bad that I can't believe the book was even published. Maybe it's not fair to compare this book to masterpieces like The Color Purple or All the King's Men, but I can find stories for free on the internet that are written better than this. (For example, why describe a direct quote as "terse"? You just told me the whole quote! And surely no book needs the word "sardonic" in it ten times.) I didn't fully appreciate w...more
Lynai
I can't believe I've kept putting off reading such an amazing book. No wonder my friends have been so caught up with this trilogy.

This is Christian fiction. A story about a Jewish Christian slave, Hadassah, and her struggles to live amidst the affluence of the pagan Roman empire, including finding love in Marcus, a Roman citizen bent on his pursuit for wealth and pleasure.

I was deeply fascinated by the ancient Roman way of life, most especially the descriptions of gladiators and gladiator fight...more
Lynnise
I was adamantly opposed to reading a Historical fiction book. Just having the name historic in the genre turned me immediately off. After enduring months of constant badgering to give this book a shot by my sister in law, I caved and began the book. Not only did I fly through this book absorbing every vividly written detail, I was so caught up in the lives of the characters and the beautiful way that Francine Rivers illustrated God's unfailing love that I immediately went out and purchased the o...more
Elizabeth
my mom kept bugging me to read an auther by the name of Francine Rivers, and i kept putting her off. Then one day i was about 5 months pregnant and bored, so i picked up the first book in the Mark of the Lions trilogy and read the first sentence. These are not thin books but suffice it to say, i finished all three in about 4 days. and i have read them several times since. all of her books are powerful in different ways, but these three and Redeeming Love have affected me and the way i approach m...more
Evelynn {The Literary Pianist}
The only reason I gave this book four stars (4.5, really) is because it is not for the innocent. In my opinion, perhaps Rivers could have kept certain things from mingling with the main characters' lives and only mentioned them briefly... but otherwise, a very well-written, attention-grabbing piece of literature. It has inspired me to get over my writer's block on my own Roman story. But there was an inaccuracy with the story plot: According to a biblical prophecy, no Christians were killed duri...more
Kristy
Okay, so I have to admit the first 100 pages or so were extrememly hard to get into, so I can understand why some might just throw in the towel and say this is boring.
I am so glad I wasn't one of those people. Sometimes, there is so much background and character development needed to make the reader get invested in the story. Do I think this could have been a wee-bit shorter? Yes. After completing the story and really getting into it, I now want more.

Haddasah was such a "human" character. A lot...more
Maggie (Raindrop Reads)
To read this review on my blog, click here.

...wow.

I honestly have no idea how to respond to that.

Never had I read such an emotionally-involved and beautifully articulated story as this one.

This story takes place a few years after Christ's death, set mostly in Rome. Somehow, Francine has managed to create one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read in my life.

A Voice in the Wind is one of those stories where you get overly-attached to the characters, and you've absolutely no idea why. Wi...more
Jenny Q
I'd seen all the 5-star ratings, but wasn't sure what to expect. I haven't read a lot of Christian fiction. This reads more like fantastic historical fiction. You never forget the story's purpose, after all Haddassah is a Christian and constantly struggles with her faith and her desire to convert her Roman family, but there's more violence, sex, and drama in this novel than in a soap opera. And it's beautifully written and narrated, too. I thought it was awesome!
Chy
I wish one could hide only part of a review when there were spoilers. I would say this outside of the cut: I am so freaking disappointed. And the rating doesn't reflect some really good things about this book.

Anyway, there will be a spoiler. I will warn you before it happens and you can stop reading there if you don't want to be "spoiled."

My mom gave me this book and I've put off reading it for a long time. Some books, you just have to look at every once in a while and wait for the feeling that...more
Brenda
I love reading historical fiction because I learn so much about the culture, be it positive or negative aspects, of a particular people during a particular time. Learning about the Roman Empire and all that it entailed, i.e. conquering other countries, enslaving those conquered, the opinion of the general populous towards early Christians, the brutal treatment of gladiators and the "games" themselves, etc., was fascinating albeit horrific.

I thought the story line was really depressing though. N...more
Katie
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

I can't believe it has taken me this long to read Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series, but I am glad I finally rectified that error on my part. :-)

When I finally reached the end of A Voice in the Wind, I was near-breathless from the intensity of everything. I'll be honest and say that I wasn't too thrilled with the writing style, but the characters and story plot helped me overlook it. At almost 500 pages, this can seem an imposing read but I foun...more
Laura
This epic novel sweeps us into the tumultuous time when the Roman Empire ruled with an iron fist and the first-century Christians were still in the early stages of Christianity's inception. I loved reading this novel. The cover and synopsis hooked me right from the start. This novel swept me away to a time in history I have studied intensely, but it also frustrated me. How can I both love a book and be frustrated by it? Read on.

The story opens up with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. Hada...more
Mary
I was a little surprised to read that so many reviewers were put off by Hadassah's "perfection" when in fact, I saw her struggle with fear throughout the near entirety of the book to be a main theme. Her fear flared up in different ways throughout, but most notably and consistently in her ability to verbalize her faith - in full. To share the Good News. As the book progresses, she becomes more bold - she becomes more sanctified, more holy - but that's not to say she was perfect.
I think our stand...more
Denise
The Mark of the Lion series is my favorite set of books by any auther...EVER. Francine Rivers made me a lifelong fan. I have read nearly every book she's written, and have KEPT THEM. In fact, I have loaned them out, not gotten them back, and repurchased them just so they'd be on my bookshelves. The first two books of this series are the best fiction books I've ever read. Period.

I love Hadasseh's beginnings...daughter of a man Jesus raised from the dead, from a devout family who are killed by th...more
Jenn
A Voice in the Wind provides excellent insight into the suffering experienced by those who endured the misfortune of Roman conquest. Ms. Rivers deposits her readers spot in the middle of the action. I could feel Hadassah's terror as she waited while Roman soldiers went from house to house in Jerusalem, murdering the inhabitants. I could picture myself next to Atretes in battle. I could smell the stench in the pit of the ship and in the catacombs under the arenas. I could feel the warmth of the s...more
Andrea
First of all, nine months pregnant + amazing book is a not a good recipe for productivity. Seriously got nothing done this week. 4 1/2 stars but I'm rounding up because of how all consuming this book was. Plus I can tell it's one that will be on my mind for quite a while.

I docked it 1/2 a star because of Hadassah. I would have enjoyed it completely if she had just been a bit more real. I love that she had such strong faith in Jesus and in God, especially in a time when it was so dangerous to ha...more
Sam
Astounding.

I have never read such a well-written book in the Christian market. I had accepted it - I read the books for their encouraging message, not for their amazing quality. However, Francine Rivers has blown me away with this brilliantly written novel. I admire how she does not sacrifice the quality of her writing for a message. She incorporates both - and she does it incredibly well.

Often, Christian novels can sound patronizing, the encouragement sometimes a little forced. Rivers has clear...more
Rachel Heffington
I actually did not finish reading this book. The setting of Ancient Rome--the sexuality and immorality--was portrayed in so vivid and realistic a manner as to rather disgust me. The noble intentions of the story did not sweep along quickly enough to counteract the slow descriptions of the characters' lives of debauchery. There were noble themes mixed throughout the ignoble, but the merit of these was rather drowned by the author taking far too long to make those themes come to fruition. The main...more
Kristen
I had tried reading this book several years ago (after I truly loved Redeeming Love), but couldn't get into it. Too many characters with unfamiliar names, the setting and violence was unsettling. I'd been told by several to try again, push through the first chapters. I knew I'd end up reading it, but didn't know when. A few weeks ago, I picked it up again and was reminded why I stopped the first time...but based on several trusted people encouraging me, I pushed through. By the third chapter I w...more
Kathrynn
I had a hard time getting through the first few chapters of this book because it was very bloody and graphic. But it was the fall of Jerusalem. It is important as it sets up the 3 main characters for this wonderful trilogy: Marcus, Haddassah and Atretes. The time period is around 70 AD--42 years after Jesus is crucified.

Marcus was a spoiled young man and Haddassah was sold to his family as a slave (from Jerusalem). She has been starved, head shaved (lice) and not treated well not to mention lost...more
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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter...more
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