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

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Book 2 in the Mark of the Lion series, An Echo in the Darkness picks up where A Voice in the Wind leaves off. A year has passed and Hadassah has donned veils to protect her identity as well as the scars that now mark her body. Believed dead, Hadassah finds employment helping a doctor in the poor section of the city and develops a knack for healing through the power of her...more
Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Tyndale House (first published December 1st 1995)
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Evangeleen Joseph
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
Denise
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...more
Brittany
'"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...more
Gina
Feb 08, 2008 Gina rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Michaela
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Mandy
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
sal
Aug 14, 2009 sal rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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,...more
Christina
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!
Erin
Jun 12, 2009 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Delicious Strawberry
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...more
Danielle
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...more
Junis
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
Sue
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...more
Tmayoral
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
Jeanie
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
Rachel
This booked was very frustrating and ridiculous. I actually liked book 1 but when everything gets tied up in a neat bow at the end it made me crazy. When Julia is baptized and the mother comes out of a coma. Then Hadassah has 10 children. Please! The woman could barely walk a block yet she bears ten kids.
Sara
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.
Katherine
Oct 12, 2011 Katherine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joann Cotelesse
Nov 12, 2008 Joann Cotelesse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Denise, Lisa, Shannon, Jayme etc.
Recommended to Joann by: Rachel
I am still reading this book, but cannot read it fast enough. Again a good book with lessons on how God will show you the way, but you have to make the decision in how you live your life. You have to take responsibility for your own errors in life.

WOW! I have read both books now. They reminded me of how God's love for us is so unconditional. Sometimes in my walk with the Lord, I get complacent. I think I am doing all I can do. I do not need to do more because my life is good etc. These two book...more
Carla Palmeiro
Another wonderful reading experience from an amazing author that was able to create characters that stay with you forever! In fact this second book did not disappoint me, and kept me turning page after page anxious for the final revelation.
First of all it was obvious that Hadassah couldn’t die on the arena, however the way she survived surprised me and I liked that twist. Also I liked the introduction of Alexander and his character development. The way Hadassah touched him and changed his life a...more
Cassandra
Our human minds, trained by the continually progressing world, have ultimately led me to the conclusion, that when it comes to books and movies, the sequel will never meet the standard of the first.
Honestly, in all honesty, this was true. Why did I just say that sentence then, if it wasn't applicable to the subject? Well… An Echo in the Darkness came very, very close into breaking my mindset of the said theory.

I meant what I said with its prequel, A Voice in the Wind, and after reading it, I was...more
Melissa
I was looking forward to this book because I so much enjoyed the first of the series. I knew however, that sequels can be disappointing, and this one was! I wish authors didn't spend so much time in a sequel catching people up on what happened in the previous book. This book spent so much time in the past that it was sluggish. I also felt it was more preachy that the previous book. Being a Christian, I can appreciate someone's testimony and excitement, however, I was growing weary of Hadassah's...more
Jeannette Garcia
So... this book is the last with Haddassa and Marcus. I'm sad, yet joyful to know that circumstances turned out well for most of the characters. I read this book a few months ago and I'm just now writing the review. As I'm writing this, certain parts from the novel are coming back to memory and it makes me want to cry. This was such a serious read and I cannot begin to describe my emotions towards Julia and her mother. Once you read this book, you'll know what I'm talking about. I cannot say too...more
Melanie
Once again, I was truly touched and inspired by this book. I learned so much about that time in history following the crucifiction of Jesus Christ. I felt a deep appreciation for those faithful early Christians. I was also once again reminded that God never abandons us. He is always there to light our way, strengthen us, offer us the great gift of repentance and fill us with His love and peace. I am not going to sy that these books are the most amazing works of literature (you may say they get a...more
Tanya
Reading An Echo in the Darkness was such a treat for me, almost a spiritual feast. I enjoyed the first book in the Mark of the Lion series when I read it last September, but I found this one much more soul-stirring. The exciting plot set in ancient Ephesus and Judea is really the window dressing for the story of people trying to fill the hole in their lives that can only be filled by knowing they are children of God, and that through Christ's grace can be reconciled to Him. Normally I find Chris...more
Vicki
Christian fiction... Hadassah is the main character and is a Jewish Christian slave who was sent to the lions at the Roman Colesium. She is miraculously saved from the lions by a young Greek doctor, unfortunatly her face is left badly scarred and she walks with a limp.

On the other hand, Marcus, who doesn’t know she survived and is still troubled by her death, goes to Israel to chase her god and ask him for answers. Of course, in the end they meet again, everybody is converted and Marcus marries...more
Sarah
I just don't think that anyone lacks that much self-preservation. Again, perhaps if we are supposed to see Hadassah as a Christ figure, then maybe I can forgive the plot. I think it far more realistic for Hadassah to have admitted to herself that she was going back to Julia to hopefully be close to Marcus again. Rivers did a good job of keeping them apart until the very end of the book when, finally, Hadassah and Marcus got past all the hurdles. I am still trying to decide if I like the little h...more
Tina
this is the second book in the trilogy and just as good as the first one. It continues with the life of Hadasseh, she is more beautiful than ever, her heart, her courage, her ability to stand as every bit of oppression and hardship came against her. My heart wanted so much for her to find her freedom, yet she was content in trusting in her Father in Heaven, waiting for Him to deliver her, knowing that he was with her every step of the way.
This book takes you to the third and final book of the tr...more
Andrea
So I have to admit, I skimmed a lot of this book. All I wanted was to get to the inevitable ending as quickly as possible and all the stuff in the middle (Marcus wandering all over Judea having the same arguments with people over and over and over, Julia wallowing in selfishness and pity, Hadassah preaching her heart out to whoever she happens to be talking to, etc, etc....) just didn't hold my interest. I really think the author could have told the story in one book and cut out A LOT of stuff....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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