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Mark of the Lion Trilogy (Mark of the Lion #1-3)

4.75 of 5 stars 4.75  ·  rating details  ·  7,790 ratings  ·  668 reviews
This classic series has inspired nearly two million readers. Both loyal fans and new readers will want the latest edition of this beloved series. Books in this latest edition include a foreword from the publisher, a preface from Francine Rivers, and discussion questions suitable for personal and group use. #1 A Voice in the Wind: Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, ...more
Paperback, 1468 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Tyndale House (first published 1993)
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Kay Stange
Absolutely one of the BEST series I've read. This is another author I resisted reading...for y-e-a-r-s because I had preconceived opinions about what she would write because she's a Christian.

I was so very, very wrong.

The story begins in early Rome with a young girl character. By the end of the book, she's grown, and you will have run a gamut of emotions, experienced love, total suspense, extreme pain, joy, tears, hope, fear, and burning anger, and I would be surprised if you don't lie awake man
Alicia Platz
Loved, loved, loved, them!!! These are can't put down, aren't going to feed the kids or the dog, not doing laundry kind of books!
Elizabeth Tai
This has got to be the best, and I mean, THE best Christian trilogy I've ever read. You know those good ol movies such as Ben Hur and The Robe? This trilogy reminded me of the movies. In fact, how I wish they would make a movie out of the books!

The only problem I have with the series (two of the books anyway) is Hadassah, the heroine of the tale. She was too perfect, too good, and... she spoke Christianese. What I'm saying is this - nobody is that perfect a Christian in real life. Although Hadas
Dee Toomey
The "Mark of the Lion" series was wonderfully written. The author, Francine Rivers, has done her homework, and writes about the tyranny of Rome (about 200 AD)in a way that transports you back to that era. Indeed, to crack the cover of these books and begin reading is very like discovering a time-machine and traveling back in time.

As Jerusalum falls, you are there, feeling the terror of the Jewish people and early Christains as Rome persecutes and and nearly exterminates a whole group of people.
Oh man, this was an emotional literary rollercoaster. The first two books were amazing and I think Hadassah is probably my most favorite character in a book... ever. I never thought that I could learn to be a better person through a fictional character. The first book of the series, "A Voice in the Wind", took about 60-70 pages to get into, which was brutal, but it was well worth it from that point on, and throughout the second book. I gave this series 4/5 stars because the last book of the seri ...more
More like 3.5, adding each volume together. I read them as separates but am writing a review of the trilogy as a whole.

v.1-2. How a slave girl from Judea, Hadassah, changes the lives of members of a Roman family living at the time of the Flavian emperors. The first two books in the trilogy I felt were superior. The Christian message was just enough for my taste, not overwhelming the action. The example of Hadassah's life spoke volumes to me and to the family.

The third volume carries on with the
Lea Lea
How else would I know anything about Roman culture and come up with the name, "Hadassah" for a child! I read these as a young girl and look forward to enjoying them again with my children.
Susan Shipman
OMGosh. This is a must-read, must have for Christians. Trust me, this is no boring, dull, spiceless "Christian" book.

It is exciting and allows us to visualize life fifty to one hundred years after Christ's death. How they yearned for letters from Paul. How they gathered in secret to read a letter from a disciple. It opens your eyes to the reality of how dangerous it was to be a Christian in that time. Frankly, you want to grab your bible and read Ephesians with a different set of eyes.

It is viol
Jackie Schnupp
I was never a reader of Christian fiction, but this collection was recommended by a good friend; she was reading it aloud to her family, and said they had a hard time putting it down. They couldn't wait to return to it the next evening.

I found myself in the same situation. This is so well done - every single book holds the interest and the reader is hard-pressed to take a break. I became very invested in the main characters and was dying to know what happened next.

Highly recommended. I have the
Elizabeth Allen
By looking at the cheesy covers of these you'd never know that they are actually great historical fiction. I'm very picky with Christian fiction and Rivers is one of two writers in that genre that I enjoy. One could argue that parts are somewhat unbelievable but the early church age was full of signs and wonders. I love the mesh of Judaism and Christianity and I love learning more of the ancient cultures of Rome and Ephesus. Interesting to read this trilogy after the Hunger Games. There are grea ...more
Sifa Gowon
This remains, to date, my favorite trilogy ever, with As Sure as the Dawn being the heavy favorite (I've read it 7 times...). The characters grew on me and I loved them all! I loved their struggles and their emotions and the fact that Ms River's was able to portray them so vividly.

I could almost hear, smell and taste the world of ancient Rome as I flipped through the pages, devouring the words and shaking my head at the mastery with which she spun the tales.

My only small grouse with the stories
Jessie LaPorte
One of my favorite series ever!
I cannot say how much I love these books! I read them every couple of years. The characters come alive and I think about them often. Sometimes I will find myself asking "what would Hadassah do in this situation?" A MUST READ!!
Melissa Mccurdy
These three books are amazing! The first book takes a little while to get pulled into, but once you do, you won't put either of the books down! Amazing series with several stories being told within. Top 10 of my favorite books!
I liked the series with an exception of the third book( I thought Atretes was a real jerk and I couldn't like him). The spiritual side of these books were good. Faith, loyalty, love, and humility were recurring themes.

However, there was a TON of sexuality in this book that, for me( age 19), made it almost completely unbearable. While it was shown through the eyes of the Christian as sin, it was quite vivid in description. Yes, I know that this goes on but I would not recommend this book for a y
Kelly Garcia
Amazing and addictive!!!!

Well-written, storyline that weaves the characters and places and happenings together addictively. Great for readers who love to know, really KNOW the characters and their struggles. If you aren't familiar with the story's timeline and culture, you definitely will be by half-way through the first book. This is not a quick read, but definitely so addictive you can't put it down. Emotionally and spiritually compelling, not watering down how enticing and destructive some te
Amy Ingle
My absolute favorite historical fiction series to date! Francine Rivers is the best Christian Fiction author out there, in my opinion. She uses great descriptions so the reader really breathes the essence of the book and puts themselves there right along side the main characters. I love her! She quotes and refers to scripture often in her writing, and it is not a watered-down Christianity. She has strong beliefs about tough topics and is not afraid to be vocal about it, even if it makes the read ...more
Some of the best books I've ever read!
Angela Joy
Great series! Couldn't put the books down!
Sep 20, 2007 Ginger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Shelves: bookclub, favorites
Best books I've ever read in my life. Period.
Don't read volume 1 without having volume 2 close by. These two books are of the remarkable story of Hadassah, a Jewish slave and Marcus, a Roman, in the turbulent times for Christians about 100 AD. I read volume 2 first ("An Echo in the Darkness") when I picked it off the shelf at the library. I'm not sure I could have handled the first one ("A Voice in the Wind") had I not know the fate of Hadassah. Even reading the first book second, my heart was beating so hard at the end, even knowing what ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Morgan by: Kari Way
Shelves: christian
Now, I was a little apprehensive about these books at first because they were (cough, cough) "Historical Christian Romance" novels. Hmmm. But everyone at church kept going on and on about them. Including Kari Way. Now, Kari isn't the super girlie mushie lovie dovie type, so I concluded that they must be decent and not super cheesy. Which they weren't.

The first two books follow a young Jewish Christian girl named Hadassah as she is taken captive to Rome after Jerusalem and the temple are destroye
Caroline Saunders
People have been recommending this trilogy to me for years, and I should have listened! Francine Rivers has an unbelievable gift to write Christian fiction in a way that is meaningful and never cheesy. There isn't a single flat character in the entire trilogy that I can recall. Rivers' characters continue to draw me to a deeper understanding of God and how to practically apply His Word to my life. Her books are an enriching experience.

There's a hook for everyone: Her references to the early chu
These books are a great way to learn about what it was like for early Christians. They're set around 79 AD - sort of the first to second generation after Jesus was alive. Jerusalem has just fallen, Christians are being persecuted. Rome is at the height of decadence. Gladiator contests in the arena reign supreme for entertainment. Paul has just written letters to the churches in several major cities.

Even though they're very fictional accounts, I really appreciated the insight these books gave int
Donna Goetter
These books were hard for me. Then I couldn't put it down. A voice I the Wind is the 1st book, then An Echo in the darkness and last As sure as the dawn. These are about the time when the disciples were being persecuted along with the Christians. It is gory but what story isn't. Just look at the wars we have going on now. I recommend this trilogy and hope you got something great out of it about what you believe and how far you would go to save your life or the lives of others.
Sep 03, 2009 sal rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to sal by: Tony
I should probably give this series 3.5 stars. It landed somewhere between "liked it" and "really liked it." They're getting 3 for the sole fact that it took me 11 months to read them all.

The characters are the best part of these books. Rivers does a great job making the characters come alive. I felt engrossed in the story because I wanted to know how the characters developed. The characters of Hassadah and Rizpah, in particular, convinced me to contemplate on my own life and my own faith. Howeve
Kris Randles
Any book by Francene Rivers is a great work. Her workmanship and story telling is phenomanal. She's a great author. Her Mark of The Lion series is one of the absolute best. It is historical biblical fiction at it's best. It makes for good read. Introducing the lifestyle and events of the times with the state of the people at that time, whether it be unredeemed / redeemed mankind, makes for a riviting novel. She takes you there, in a setting, that is so amazing, that you smell the smells and hear ...more
Jennifer Patrick
This is by far my favorite series. All three books are absolutely incredible, and I have never been so sad to read the last page. I can't even begin to describe the beautiful stories and writing in these novels. All I can do is encourage everyone to read them. If you liked Redeeming Love, just wait. The Mark of the Lion series is even better!
Charity Yoder
These books. OMG these books. As far as christian lit books go, these are way way up there. They're historical. They have romance, which admittedly drove me a bit nuts because as pacing goes it seemed to take forever. But those also make the best books =)

and it made me cry.

two big thumbs up for books that you need to read. like now.
Sarah Jardine
This series starts off a bit slower than her other books. Stick with it though because things get really interesting. Worth the read. I enjoyed each book in the series. After the first two books I waited a while to read the third. I am very glad I did read the third book in the series because it was great just as the first two.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Mark of the Lion (3 books)
  • A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1)
  • An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion, #2)
  • As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion, #3)
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