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In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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Aleksandr Voinov
My first inspirational, and my last. The research is extraordinarily choppy, and the authors run the characters like puppets. Most of them have changes of heart/attitude that make no sense at all. I'm amazed how an author (or two) can run such an interesting premise so completely into the ground. Also, France (or girls with the name "Colette") didn't really exist in 200-300 AD. NOT recommended as a historical, and overall not recommended unless you need a Christian fix.

(I'm very tempted to writ...more
Michelle
Valeria's Cross is an incredible tale set during a time period when being a Christian could be deadly. I've read several books in the past year from the same time period such as Guardian of the Flame and Cleopatra's Daughter, and this book surpasses them all. Full of passion for people and for the Lord, this story really takes a look at Valeria's life and her purpose during that tumultuous period in history.

Though a fictional account, I found Valeria's Cross to be very believable. The struggles...more
Carman
I was pretty disappointed in this book. But I’ll get to that in a minute. I had no *idea* that this book was based on true events and people. I thought it was completely fiction. However, I still thought that the writing could have been a little better. Especially at the beginning you were “told” things that were happening in Valeria’s life rather than experiencing them with her. It was a little like listening to a speaker who talked in a monologue. You were told things a little impassively and...more
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Talk about heart-renching, heart-warming, and heart-breaking all rolled into one gripping story! A few things to caution - this is for an older teen group as there are non-descriptive, just obvious, scenes of consummation of a couples marriage, the desire/temptation to commit adultery, and a disease that takes place on the private parts of a man(not descriptive just known - but it was an amazing story. After about 2/3 through it it began to read like a history book rather than a novel, but a big...more
Corissia
Didn't like it. The writing could have been better. Her first love was a man she knew virtually nothing about, they loved the idea of each other, you have to know someone to have a deep and meaningful relationship. What they had was a strong attraction to each other with the potential to develop into love. The main character was continuously doing things that might be valued today, but would have been extremely rude in her time. It was hard to believe. In the beginning of the book she could have...more
Jessica R. Patch
This book was new for me because I generally don't read historical fiction, although I love history. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I found was myself being sucked back into time and into Valeria's heart and mind. I screamed inside with outrage when one thing after another happened unfairly. I kept thinking things will change. I know it! But they never did in ways I expected. However, it only made me love the story more.

I cringed at Galerius, yet found myself loving him and then hating h...more
Deana
There were a few spelling/grammatical errors-next book I'll take note of where, etc.

My interests are listed on http://www.netgalley.com/ as Christian, Historical, Romance, and a few others. Just so you know a bit about me, I'm a devoted Jane Austen fan, love Mary Connealy's humor and spunk, and love Julie Lessman's and Deeanne Gist's 'hotness factor' (to coin a phrase from my dear friend, Angie). I really tend to see things like a movie in my head as I'm reading. Although the description listed...more
Margaret Metz
This book did a fantastic job setting the stage and making you believe you were there with Valeria - living what the early church went through. I felt her pain as she heard the news about Mauritius and his entire legion being killed for their faith. Even more telling, I felt the misgivings and pain of the soldier ordered to kill Mauritius.


Nothing is black or white in this story world. Valeria hates what her father has done, but worries about his health and cares about him and wants him to accep...more
Crystal
I was not quite sure how I felt about this book when I first began reading it. As I have read in other reviews, I did feel that the story was dictated to me almost like a textbook instead of experiencing the events with Valeria. I was disappointed in the cut-throat transformation given for Prisca and Valeria's conversion to Christianity, for example. I was enlightened when Maruitius came into the story, and then disheartened once he was no longer there. I did not find a true interest in the stor...more
April
VALERIA'S CROSS by Kathi Macias and Susan Wales is a inspirational historical set during the Roman Empire era. It is well written with depth and details. It has courage, faith, hope, adventure, persecution of Christian's, martyrs, betrayal, the Roman Empire, sacrifice, Christianity, history, fear, following your faith, finding your destiny,hate, practicing the pagan faith, an emperor's daughter,Valeria, his wife, Prisca and a forced marriage between his daughter and a pagan general. Valeria is f...more
Delia
Valeria, daughter of Roman Emperor Diocletian, accepts Christ and denies the false gods worshipped by her father. She then falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion, who also worships the one true God.

But a third-century woman, even a princess, has little power over her own life. In a devastating series of events, Mauritius is killed by Diocletian's general, Galerius, who hates Christians and wants Valeria for himself. Crushed by the death of the man she loves, the young woman...more
Elii Vela
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Sabrina
I don’t like it when a book is written in a way that over explains things. The dialogue was choppy and ungraceful most of the time. What kept me reading, though, is the fascinating storyline. Your lover is killed by a ruthless general and you are forced to marry this general shortly afterwards. Can you imagine?! This is a time where woman had no voice, so she couldn’t just walk away and say No, although, kudos to her for trying. I believe the description of this book is a little misleading as th...more
Shantelle Mary
I don't really know what to think about this book. I'm going to rate it one star for now; because it just gave me an empty feeling.
For one, Valeria and her mother didn't seem very strong in their faith (secretly made the sign of the cross while the practiced pagan sacrifices), and in the end, they weren't even actually martyred for the faith. Oh, not to mention, the beheadings were in a little too much gory detail for me! I don't know... it's like, if you're going to make the main character die...more
Everybookhasasoul
I recieved a copy from netgalley.com

I can hardly believe that this is a fiction book. The events were portrayed so accurately that it did seem like they were real. From the very first page I was intrigued by this book and it didn't take me very long to finish as I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
There seems to be real emotions between the characters that this gives the book a depth of reality. This connection is especially strong between Valeria and Galerius.

I loved how th...more
Katie
This book was...interesting. It was a neat read, but I had a hard time staying 'in' the book. At times I felt like I was reading a history book instead of a historical fiction, and I often found myself - towards the end of the book - to skim the pages as I searched for the continuation to the story. A lot of history, which in and of itself isnt bad...but I had a hard time staying interested. Often times i felt that the story was very impersonal. People were killed - people dear to Valeria, the m...more
Kate L
This is a tough book to talk about. I was so completed riveted throughout the book, but I was also completely depressed. In a book that is almost nothing but sad events, I always like the sadness to be broken up a little bit here and there with something. That something can be romance (there was some but it was all at the beginning), humor, whatever, but Valeria's Cross didn't let up, there was practically no time to catch a breath...Now all that being said, this book is good! That's why I feel...more
Jenna
This book covers an under-researched and under-utilized era of church history -- the era between the early Christians of the 1st century and the fall of Rome. In fact until Paul L. Maier's Flames of Roem (Nero era) and the Thoene A.D. Chronicles, there are few other novels set in this era, and those afore mentioned tend to be earlier. So I really liked the premise. I did feel at times the actual story telling had moments of falling into "telling" the reader that Valeria felt this or that -- not...more
Tami Stackelhouse
I downloaded this as a free Kindle book. The premise of the book intrigued me and I figured at the price, I didn't have anything to lose. I was truly surprised at how involved I became in Valeria's story. I actually found myself tearing up at times, which generally doesn't happen with me.

As a Christian, I was both proud and ashamed at how the followers of Christ handled themselves during this part of our history. it was very humbling to have a little closest look at what it might have been like...more
Kristy
The story itself is sad, heartbreaking, and good...I've heard it was based on a true story as well. But the way the characters' emotions are portrayed drove me nuts and that's why the book is getting such a low rating. The emotions are all over the map, sounding like a rant of "oh he's a monster...I love him though...he's such a monster, I'll never love him again...oh I love him anyway." Guh. And I understand faith was hard in the days of persecution, not easy like we have it now...but the up an...more
Audrey Grant
Intense.. Long, because it covers her life from 14 to death.
One thing I would have wished for was her age more often for a reference of how much time was passing. Time was a bit vague through the book. I found this frustrating
I would give this four stars normally but am going five because of the way the feelings and emotional confusion were captured to a T on how a Christian wife praying for, loving and yet fearing her violent sinful husband lives in a constant state of not even understanding h...more
Elizabeth Dyck
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. Not very often do you get books of martyred Christian women and Valeria’s Cross is just that.

Valeria is the daughter of an Emperor and the wife of Caesar (who later becomes Emperor). But that just makes it harder for as she is a Christian and her husband and father are not.

Anyone who wants to enjoy a history lesson and learn of how women’s lives were during the 250-330 B.C. years.

I am glad I got this book and it will grace my shelves for years to...more
Morgan
This book was horrible in all respects. Writing. Characters. Everything.
Shelley Hamilton
This is a great emotional roller coaster book. I started and could not put it down. There were several grammatical errors. A couple of places here and there you felt like the Author was telling the story and next paragraph it was Valeria. The Authors did a great job of making you feel the emotions of love, happiness and much sadness in the writing of this book. Makes you feel the love between Mother and Daughter and sadness for the Christian Faith. If you love Historical Romance involving the ev...more
Callie Mcgonegal
A good read... her story is based on the trials and tribulations a woman of nobility faced in trying to keep the honor of her family name even when she knows that many things go against her very core of belief. Sad read that brings to light a christian woman plight in a time when Christians are brutishly persecuted for their beliefs. It shows the darker side of the human nature and earlier civilizations.
I do feel the character could have had more substance... she seemed intelligent enough but...more
L
This novel, which is based upon history as far as I could research, details the lives of Valeria (daughter) and wife (Prisca) of Diocletian, the Roman emperor who lived from AD 245-313. Diocletian was a pagan worshiper of the Roman Gods, and his mother served as the central goddess in the temple of Jupiter. Diocletian and his mother persecuted Christians, so the story was very interesting, as his wife and daughter became Christians and were martyed at the end. The Catholic Church and Foxes Book...more
Heather
This is a good novel if you want to understand more about the early Christian church. The authors seem to have really done their research into that time period and the people. I found parts of the novel to drag on though and the elapsing of time could've been done better as times it was confusing to realize that oh, we're now 1 week, a few years, or even several years into the future. Also, the novel tends to tell the story rather than show it - it could have been better edited and developed in...more
Phiona Macrae
Co-authors Kathi Macias and Susan Wales expose us to the wonders and the dangers that were third century Rome. These two adept authors help bring the light of God into a dark world by inspiring us with this story of a woman with extraordinary strength and faith in God. At a time when Christians feared to walk the streets and met in dark rooms, Valeria had no choice but to be in the public's eye. Does she risk the wrath of her husband by declaring her Christian faith? Or does she risk the wrath o...more
Lydia Presley
Aug 18, 2010 Lydia Presley marked it as unable-to-finish
As much as I wish I could have loved this book (the cover caught my eye and drew me in), after the first fifty pages I felt as if I were reading the script of something that high-schoolers might perform at a Bible camp.

The dialog was jilted and the descriptions, while nicely written, reminded me of something that a good student might write while researching the period.

I'm not rating this book because I hate to be the bad guy in a little lake of good reviews, but seriously - I expected more.
Tammy
Interesting story based roughly on true events with a great deal of poetic license thrown in and questionable research. Was not drawn to the characters.

At one point the author sent her main character on a nice relaxing trip to France to visit nuns. This takes place almost immediately after several major battles with the Gauls and long before Constantine came to power. If this doesn't cause a physical reaction, you might enjoy the story.
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