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

4.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  50,189 Ratings  ·  2,324 Reviews

The first book in the bestselling Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget—Hadassah. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.
Paperback, 520 pages
Published February 18th 1998 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 1st 1993)
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alan hernandez I agree, you have to get through the first part but then you will be rewarded. They are great books! I have read h then at least twice.
Catherine Kunstman I did enjoy this series. The third in the series can be read as a stand alone. It has some of the same characters but is totally different. The first…moreI did enjoy this series. The third in the series can be read as a stand alone. It has some of the same characters but is totally different. The first two should be read together.(less)
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Kristin (KC)
Nothing less than 5 Stars for this beauty!

This is such a breathtaking story--so honest and hopeful and humbling. A Voice in The Wind is a Christian Fiction with religious themes that are heavily pronounced. There's no way around them. Religious beliefs, customs, biblical analysis, and Christian theories saturate this story from top to bottom and every crevice in-between. If that's not your idea of fun, than this one may not work for you.

This story is long, over 500 pages, and is slowly paced. E
May 01, 2010 El rated it it was amazing
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
Amy (Foxy)
May 06, 2015 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Kristin (KC)

A popular question that gets asked when someone reads a book by a Christian author is- is this book religious? A simple one word answer would be, “Yes.” It’s written by a Christian writer about a biblical time period. It has biblical principles throughout the story. The story takes place 40 years after Jesus was persecuted. Being a Christian was a scary thing during that time period because if you were found out that meant you would be fed to the lions as entertainment for t
Viktoriya Shostak
Jul 24, 2012 Viktoriya Shostak rated it it was amazing
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Oct 07, 2008 Gracee rated it really liked it
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
Lady Jane
Dec 04, 2013 Lady Jane rated it it was ok
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
Apr 17, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highly-recommend
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.

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
Ash Reads
first read: May 13 to May 18, 2013
first reread: January 6-16, 2016

I couldn't begin to describe to you the emotions this book brings out in me. Happiness, sadness, disgust, anger, love, joy, terror, hate, heartbreak......I just love this book so much. Its not even this book...THIS author, Francine Rivers....her writing is beyond beautiful, and her 'stories' are not just stories, they are filled, absolutely filled with things that really just, make you think. This story takes plac
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
Lisa Bergren
Apr 30, 2012 Lisa Bergren rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Still one of my top 10 of all Christian fiction novels...
Jan 02, 2008 Bambi rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 04, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
my mom kept bugging me to read an author 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 my ...more
Jul 09, 2008 Lynnise rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 16, 2009 Lynai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-a-copy, favorites
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
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!
Apr 13, 2013 DW rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, christian
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
Francine Rivers has done it again. This is my third from the author. Her books show us God through the characters, their faith and their lives instead of the other way around. Ultimately, it's a story about God, shown through characters that you fall in love with and care deeply for. Just like any other of her books, no words can describe it, God's love is very present and overwhelming!

So many write this, but it's true, no review I could write would give justice to how great this book is.

The cha
There’s just something about this book that makes you just think about it with a little bit of awe. Francine Rivers weaves together a historical romance unlike any I have ever read.

One frightened slave girl… One pompous Roman man… Whoever would have thought they would fall in love? For Hadassah, it brings much heartache and questioning. However, for Marcus, falling in love with his family’s Christian slave girl will take him on a journey he never could have imagined. A brutal journey, but a jou
Maggie (Raindrop Reads)
To read this review on my blog, click here.

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
Aug 12, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
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
Horrible situations in life cause for a choice. Will you allow these circumstances to make you bitter or better? Hadassah is faced with this choice. Hadassah watches her faithful Father walk away to a likely death because of his passion for sharing the gospel. Hadassah watches her Mother and little sister slowly waste away because of starvation during Jerusalem's siege. Hadassah witnesses the merciless slaying of her older brother by a Roman sword.
"Why me, Lord?" she cries out to God. Of all t
Jan 04, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 07, 2011 Chy rated it liked it
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
Jun 13, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, realistic
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
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
Mar 23, 2016 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying, I didn't really enjoy Redeeming Love, so I was hesitant to read this book, but I am so glad I did. Set in ancient Rome, at a time when Jews and Christians alike were persecuted, we see Hadassah, a slave for a wealthy Roman family, and how much her faith grows. Between the romance, the scandals, the challenges, this book never left me feeling bored. There is always something to follow. I loved the transformation of some characters and the ending of the b
Rebecca L. Snowe
Ok, this book, AHHH!
This is the first book in Francis Rivers Mark of the Lion series. It is about Hadassah a young Jewish girl who is captured in the siege of Jerusalem and taken to Rome where she falls in love with a young roman aristocrat and clings to her faith.
First off the synopsis on the back made it sound like it was about Hadassah; uh it really wasn't, it was about several different characters, (Hers the least) and I never really got to know her character.
Second in a 'Christian' book
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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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