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An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion #2)

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A prosperous trader, Marcus Lucianus Valerian has made a fortune providing sand and slaves for the Roman games. But Hadassah, a slave in his family's household, has enchanted him with her quiet beauty and her staunch faith in Christ. When Marcus' sister sends Hadassah to almost certain death in the games, Marcus feels that his life has been ripped apart. Now he is on his w ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published 1994 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Amy (Foxy)
May 11, 2015 Amy (Foxy) rated it really liked it
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An Echo in the Darkness is a continuation of the biblical principles from book one. One of the main things that drives the story is the transformation that Hadassah, Marcus and Julia must face both in the physical realm but also in spiritual realm. Their past transgressions bond them to their inner selves while not allowing them to be truly free. Life choices have come to collect their dues and left in the
Evangeleen Joseph
Aug 01, 2012 Evangeleen Joseph rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS STORY! There were so many life lessons in this book, like the first one, that I wanted to highlight! I read it in two days! HONEST! I couldn't put it down, I was hassling my friend for the 2nd book! I love the changes of each character, though I wanted to back-hand Julia. I loved the journey that Marcus went through, I loved the fact that Phoebe became a Christian and did everything in her power to do the Lord's will. I loved how the memory verses in this story, tied so strongly wit ...more
May 20, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing
Second in the series. I bought the first book not realizing it was part of a series. I finished it while my husband and I were out. I made him turn around and drive to the closest bookstore!! You must have the second book in hand before you finish the first! Just so you know.

The prologue will take you by the throat and threaten to stop your heart. It's that gripping. What tangled webs we weave....Marcus Valerian has bottomed out. Hadassah, now horrifically disfigured, is brought into the life of
'"What do you want of God, Roman?"
It was an imperious question from so small a boy, and was said with a curious blend of humility and demand. "I'll know when I face him."
"Perhaps the answers you seek can't be found in something you can see and touch."
Amused, Marcus smiled. "You have big thoughts for a small boy."
The boy grinned. "A shepherd has time to think."
"Then, my little philosopher, what would you advise?"
The boys's smile faded. "When you face God, remember he is God."
I'll remember what he
Feb 08, 2008 Gina rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Those who need their religious beliefs confirmed in literature that has no other point
The only reason why I got as far into this book before quiting is because I was listening to the audio version during my commute. Even then I could only stand the first 4 (of 12) cd's before it was ejected out of my stereo.
I didn't know that this was the 2nd in a series, but I don't think that had anything to do with me not liking the book. There was more than enough exposition to get a handle on the people & their interconnections. I knew 1/2 way through the first chapter that the woman Ma
Mar 27, 2009 Leah rated it liked it
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Mar 01, 2016 Grace rated it it was amazing
Oh my, I wasn't ready for this book. I am so happy and thankful I read this series. This book showcased Marcus's struggle beautifully. He truly struggled and found his faith and it was beautiful to watch. Seeing the miracles, the faith, it was amazing. I highly highly recommend this trilogy.
Apr 28, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it
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Jun 12, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Another interesting read by Francine Rivers...
Again many lessons learned!
A few thoughts from things I read...
I'll try not to use names so I don't give away plots... ;)
**There is a discussion between two characters, about why God would allow a servant of His to be killed while being faithful to Him...
"If a centurion ordered a legionnaire to go into battle, would he not go?" The other character relpies "x wasn't a soldier", (and here it is.... the line that struck me!) "Wasn't she? Rome builds arm
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Dec 22, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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I believe I liked An a Echo in the Darkness better than A Voice in the Wind! Both are awesome and incredible but everything came together in this one.

This story is about Marcus's journey. But never fear Hadassah is definitely in it! This series is so incredible! And the ending is ... Umph!... Awesome!! Read it! Or miss out...
May 11, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, "WOW, This is one of the best, most moving books I have ever read in my entire life!"

An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers is an absolute masterpiece. The story picks directly at the ending of the first book. Hadassah, now very disfigured, covers herself from head to toe in veils and does God's work as a healer, working tirelessly with Alexander, the physician who helped God save her from the arena. She sees patient after patient, day after day. And all the while, sh
Jan 11, 2011 Mandy rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. Books 1 and 2 are much more closely related; Book 3 expands on the story of a minor character from Book 1. I absolutely loved this book, and Marcus's journey and struggle in finding his faith is both frustrating and beautiful. I won't give away any spoilers, but I distinctly remember reading this on the T in Boston and missing my stop because I was so enthralled and wrapped up in the story of Marcus's journey. This is de ...more
Aug 14, 2009 sal rated it liked it
Recommended to sal by: Tony
After reading the first book in this series, I was excited to continue the series to find out what happens to Hassadah. I believe she is the best character in the first two books, and I was driven by my desire to know how her story unfolded to finish this book.

I loved her story--saved by the doctor, called "the Healer," devoted to Julia even after all that had happened--but I still found some of it over emphasized and preachy. While reading, I noticed that I found myself thinking, "Yeah, yeah,
I loved this second book in the Mark of the Lion series! It started off with a surprise and kept me absolutely captivated through the entire book. I'm really fascinated by the cultures in this time period and really enjoyed the journey through this book. I also thought the author handled the various issues very realistically without being too heavy handed. After my horror at the way the first book ended, I got my HEA with this one!
Okay, let me just say that I had a lot of mixed emotions about the first book. But this one I have one: LOVE! It is SO GOOD! I loved reading about each of the characters and didn't want this book to end! It's going on my faves list! Phenomenol!

Marcus has never forgotten Hadassah. He can't, he loved her too much. How is he ever going to forget her? The world has lost what it once held for him. Things that he used to love now does nothing for him, except irritate him more. Maybe if he can find the
Sep 28, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
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The first book left off on something of a cliffhanger, and since it was so well-written, of course I JUST HAD to get the second book! I borrowed it from the same friend I borrowed the first from, and I was not disappointed. The fact that Marcus and Hadassah didn't have it easy makes the story interesting.

Like the first book, this one is very well-researched and written, and I enjoyed reading about the life of the gladiators. and Roman life in general. I was actually surprised to learn about what
Jun 27, 2013 Junis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I read the entire Mark of the Lion Series. I give book 1 & 2 a big fat 10! I actually wished I had stopped there and let the story simmer before continuing to book 3. (Book 3 is really about other characters that were not as endearing to me.) This was the most spiritually moving story I've ever read! I didn't get much sleep between reading and not being able to sleep because I was so engrossed in the story I would dream about it. These two books can actually be life changing. These are not p ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Sue rated it it was ok
I would never have read this book if it weren't for the first chapter being included in Book One & having such a shocking discovery conceled inside.
These Francine Rivers books are just one step over edifying trash-romance novels. The doctrine of Francine is spelled out so distinctly, there is no room left for the reader to draw any of her own conclusions, Francine, thinly veiled in her character's voices, force-feeds her exact doctrine to the reader. Which I have more trouble with conceptua
Mar 03, 2011 Tmayoral rated it it was amazing
I'm not completely finished with this book but I am finding it even more engrossing then the first one. I wasn't prepared for this book to pick up exactly where the first book ended. I was still reeling with the shock that Julia had sent Hadassah to the lions. Julia's character is probably the most insolent character I have ever read. Her inability to think of anyone beyond herself shocks me. The sad part is that so many people behave the same way she does. They put their life and their possessi ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-christian
I think I like this book more than the first. It shared the gospel and the struggles of receiving the gospel. I also was encouraged by the teaching of this book. Reading this book, you get more than you would a year of church in some cases. It plainly showed how in life what surrending to God's will looks like. The characters were not cheesey but with real struggles, looking for real answers. And as always, I enjoyed the history behind it as well. I would encourage anyone looking for answers to ...more
This is a fantastic series. I am flying through it. I love the history. The plot is very interesting and the biblical aspect is interesting, not evasive.
Most of this book takes place in Ephesus which is in what we now call Turkey.
The focus is on the characters, Julia, Marcus, Phoebe and Hadassah. It picks up immediately after the end of A Voice in the Wind.
This is the 3rd book I've read by Rivers and all three of them have been great.
I had to go to the library today to get As Sure as the Dawn s
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الجزء التانى من علامة الاسد حيث تستكمل فرانسين ريفرز ما نقص بالجزء الول لتخبرنا عبر رواية طويلة جدا ما هى علامة الاسد و الى اى مدى اثرت على "هدسة" ..

تستكمل فرانسين حكاية ال فاليريان و علاقتهم بعبدتهم هدسة التى غيرت حياتهم بإيمانها المسيحى فى أفسس بعيدا عن روما فى هذا الوقت لكن هدسة العبدة الصغيرة هنا فى ثانى مدينة بعد روما من حيث المجون و عبادة الاوثان حيث يعبد معظم اهلها فى هذا الوقت الهه وثنية ..

الرواية تخلط بين التاريخ و بين الحبكة الروائية و يظهر هذا جليا فى خاتمة الرواية حيث تحدثت عن نهاية
Dec 18, 2008 Sara rated it liked it
River's plot reminds of Dickens, what with all the intersecting stories, coincidences (or God-instances), and even the touching deathbed reconciliation scene. So if you're looking for a Christian inspirational Bleak House set in ancient Rome— and you are, aren't you?— then check it out.
Sep 06, 2015 Marian rated it it was amazing
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و ما كان الصدي صوت هدسه ... كان صوت المسيح داعيا اياه

قال مرقس فاليريان للعجوز باكيا هدسه ماتت بدون هدف
فقالت له ها انت امامي

احببت سلسله علامه الاسد لانها تركت علامته ف قلبي و عقلي +++
ساتمسك بها طوال الحياه و ساتمسك بهدسه
فهدسه اسلوب حياه اكثر من كونها فتاه

Oct 12, 2011 Katherine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katherine by: Tianna
I'm having a hard time rating this book. Because of time limits I could only read a chapter or two at a time. So to be fair to the story I am giving it a 4 though it seemed to drag in spots that may just be the effects of how I read it.
Jun 05, 2012 Alexia rated it really liked it
I wouldn't say this is a romance novel at all. I would have given this 4 stars until the last 50 pages or so. The ending was so strong and things didn't happen the way i had hope, but it was really good writing.
Apr 18, 2016 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I debated if I wanted to read this sequel. But,I just had to know...did Hadassah survive? Did Julia meet the demise she deserved, for her wickedness? Will Marcus accept Christ? I gave in, and spent one of my audible credits to download the audio version. I do like the narrator.
Okay, the book is very "preachy", and that's exactly what I liked about it. Yes, lots and LOTS of quoted scripture. I didn't mind, because I do enjoy reading the holy Word of God.
I'm also not a perfect Christian, and that
Jul 10, 2016 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books, i-own, 2012, 2016
1st read - 2010
2nd read - June 2012
3rd read - July 2016

If you need me, I'll just be here...weeping.
So, so beautiful.
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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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