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So Shines the Night (Seven Wonders #5)

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Daria's new home in Ephesus with Lucas both beguiles and confounds her, until she meets followers of The Way.

Her past has taught her that evil is real, that it can consume a person. She saw it happen with her husband, before he took his own life. Widowed, with no family, Daria becomes a tutor to Lucas, a rich traveling merchant from Ephesus. There she discovers evil has a
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Published March 12th 2013 by Thomas Nelson
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Daria, an educated young widow in a time and place where “respectable” women were not even necessarily literate, has survived by tutoring a rich young girl in Rhodes. Unfortunately, the girl’s father has decided that his daughter is getting too smart, and Daria is on the run.

The night she flees Rhodes, her path crosses with that of the merchant, Lucas, who offers her passage to Ephesus, where he will employ her as his tutor. Lucas is a widower, moody and unpleasant. But handsome, and noble in hi
Margaret Metz
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Tracy Higley because she makes history come alive. I can feel the elbows and shoulders pressing into me as she fights the crowds. I can imagine the tall columns of the temple, the smell of people and animals . . . She describes everything in a very powerful way.

The characters are complex and interesting. I like watching them grow and learn -- the evolution of their beliefs and motivations. I can relate to them as well. Lucas - driven by his desire to assuage his own guilt and e
Deanna Gottreu
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So Shines the Night by Tracy Higley is her latest novel in the Seven Wonders of the World series and deals with the Temple of Artemis. The main theme for the story is based on Biblical scripture found in the nineteenth chapter of Acts. Tracy has a unique gift for writing historical, Biblical novels and that is plainly seen in this novel that takes place in Ephesus around the year 57 AD. Daria, a widow, is a very unusual woman in that she is very well educated in several languages, philosophy, hi ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
"So Shines the Night" is a Christian historical romance set in 57 AD in Rhodes and Ephesus. As usual, Higley expertly wove historical and setting details into the story so that I felt like immersed in the story, transported to Ephesus in 57 AD.

The romance was a sort of Gothic romance with two hurting people who were trying to fix tragic mistakes they made in their past marriages. But they find that they can't overcome the evil powers that are against them (demons). Yet Paul can cast out demons,
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to this on Audio. It was so descriptive truly taking you back in time. Tracy makes the characters come alive. Not a book I would usually select but I needed an audio book in a hurry. Have now started another one by the same author.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So Shines the Night begins in Rhodes, near the eerie ruins of the Colossus. Daria, a well educated woman used to relying on her wits and will to make her way in life, finds herself on the wrong side of a sect of sorcerers. Lucas, a wealthy merchant with a tragic past, has come to Rhodes on a quest for vengeance. On an impulse, Daria decides to accompany Lucas to his home in Ephesus to tutor him in Persian, but soon finds not all evil can be outrun.

Daria, widowed at a young age, has always relied
Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
If this book were a movie you would be on the edge of your seat! I was instantly engrossed in the characters and the storyline. Once the author introduced the Apostle Paul and his helper Timothy into the story I just couldn’t stop reading. Tracy Higley ingeniously weaves the events of Acts 19:23-Acts 20:1 into this fictional storyline. Titillating her readers with rich imagery, historical tidbits, and intriguing characters. While there is much written about the power and practices of the sorcere ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. The first few chapters hooked me into the story and I couldn’t put it down. Daria and Lucas are intriguing and multi-layered characters. I wanted to see them triumph over their problems and achieve their seemingly impossible happily-ever-after ending.

I enjoyed seeing the city of Ephesus, with a rich cultural heritage, brought to life on the page. Paul, Timothy and other Biblical characters we learn about in the book of Acts and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians play a cru
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So Shines The Night is one of Tracy Higley's Seven Wonders series. It takes you into Ephesus and the 19th Chapter of Acts, with the Apostle Paul. I fell in love with the cover and just knew I had to read it. I am a member of Tracy's caravan and this book pulled me in and I felt as if I was traveling with Daria through Ephesus. Tracy really does her research, Ephesus was one of the first churches, and it had a lot to battle and sorcery was a big one. Daria wants to know the One True God, but all ...more
Charity U
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Set in the biblical time period, and it includes several biblical characters – a nice surprise! I definitely enjoyed this book by Tracy. It was a little heavier and darker than many biblical fiction books are, so I would recommend it with care. However, it was an intriguing look into the time period and locations where it was set.
This was an intriguing romantic suspense novel set in Biblical times during the days of the first century Church. The protagonist ends up playing a vital role in the Christians' fight against the demonic influences of witchcraft and service to Artemis in Ephesus. The writing style was fairly good, and the characters were reasonably well developed, and I will say that it worked well as a stand-alone novel, as I didn't know it was part of a series until now (1-31). My taking 10 days to finish it w ...more
L.J. Capehart
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book of the year (a gift from my daughter for Christmas). It was an excellent start to another year of good books! I haven't read a book yet by Tracy Higley that I didn't enjoy, a growing list in my 'books read'. The Christian perspective, historical aspects, and good storytelling all blend together into a book that was worth the time spent.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audiobook
Though the story is only gripping in parts, I enjoyed the historical detail in this book related to religious issues in Ephesus in 57 AD and Paul's presence. Here, the wonder, mentioned in the name of series "Seven Wonders" is the Temple of Artemis. I enjoyed the author's note at the end of the book more than the actual book. Glad that it was included in the audio-book. Like Higley says in her author's note, after reading the book, Acts 19 got very interesting.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting, intense novel. I liked how Higley managed to pull in elements of spiritual warfare without making the story look fake...which is always a hard balance to maintain.
So Shines the Night is in the Seven Wonders series by Tracy Higley. It takes us back to the time of Paul, the apostle and into the heart of the early church in Ephesus. I was so excited to read this book. First off, the cover is just gorgeous and secondly—the author is so inviting and open. I happen to have the honor of being a part of “The Caravan” which is the author’s street team and time and time again have I seen the heart that this author has for her readers. It is a joy and an honor to pi ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have long enjoyed Tracy Higley's historical works, but after finishing "So Shines the Night," I can now say this is my new favorite of her novels. It holds a wonderful blend of elements: Biblical accuracy, history, suspense, romance. Being a busy person, I normally catch my reading time in little spurts here and there. While reading "So Shines the Night," I often found myself being upset when the clock informed me that I needed to go to work or had another responsibility to handle. I just want ...more
Renn Shearin
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
On an island teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.

She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her.

But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.

The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium
Janka H.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Intense historical read about brooding hero haunted by his past and courageous woman trying to save him from the demons - both figuratively and literally.

Ephesus in the time of first Christians is a dark place under the rule of goddess Artemis and even more evil one - of sorcerers practicing dark rituals. Young women are found tortured and dead and the atmosphere tightens every day.
Daria, who escaped similarly dangerous Rhodes with help of handsome, but haunted Lucas, sees evil here and knows i
Lisa Johnson
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: So Shines the Night
Author: Tracy Higley
Pages: 395
Year: 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Tracy Higley is one of my favorite authors, and with So Shines the Night, she remains in that group! The setting is the ancient city of Ephesus in 57 A.D. Chapter 19 in the books of Acts in the Bible plays a prominent role in the story with some familiar characters making appearances. Paul and other followers of the Way are inspiring in the story.
Daria is a young widow out looking for employment when she
Elizabeth Parsons
Feb 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
So, um...this book reminded me of Twilight. And that's not a good thing.

The protagonist, Daria, is pretty poorly drawn...her only identifying characteristics are that she's pretty, she speaks Persian, and she's "good." Yep. From an entire 300+ pages told from HER perspective, that's all I've got. Then you've got Lucas, your supposed Gothic hero, who is handsome, moody, and tormented. He's got a major Jekyll-and-Hyde complex going on, where one minute he treats Daria like a princess, and the next
Laura A. Grace
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
"So Shines the Night" was not all I had expected it to be, but it was surprisingly good! While reading their were some very dark parts that made me think that I might not be able to finish the novel! However, I was able too and came to see that the evil in life is not something we can run from like Daria tried to do in the beginning. Their is a dark and fierce battle going on around us like Ephesians 6:12 says (this also was one of the main themes in this novel):"For we are not fighting against ...more
Julie Graves
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads, christian
Daria is a tutor running away from evil when she meets Lucas. Lucas is a wealthy merchant living in Ephesus. He too has been in the presence of evil. When Lucas invites Daria to come to Ephesus with him and become his tutor she has mis-givings but sees no other way to escape the evil surrounding her in Rhodes.

Daria is once again thrust into the presence of evil in Ephesus. Lucas is set on a deadly path to exact revenge upon his wife's murderers. He has become friends with the sorcerers and the C
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is the first book of Tracy L. Higley’s that I have read and I greatly enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
Daria is a recently widowed girl looking for a job as a tutor on the island of Rhodes. When she steps into trouble, she escapes the island with the help of Lucas who decides to hire her as a personal tutor. Lucas takes Daria back to his home in Ephesus and Daria starts settling in. However, Daria has stepped into a house laden with secrets and she can’t help bu
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Anytime Tracy Higley weaves a tale rooted in a biblical story, I'm on board. And her latest release, So Shines the Night, might be her best offering to the biblical fiction genre yet.

So Shines the Night, set in 57 A.D., tells the story of Daria, a widowed teacher who escapes the island of Rhodes with the help of a wealthy merchant, Lucas, who is headed to the bustling city of Ephesus. He hires Daria as a tutor, but it isn't long before Daria becomes frustrated with a mysterious quest that consum
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Age Appropriate For: Ages 17 and up (scary scenes, demon possession, violence)

Best for Ages: 19 +

Wow! I don’t think Tracy can write a bad book. I finished the Guardian Flame and jumped right into So Shines the Night. I was once again swept back in time and caught up in a story of epic proportions.
Each book of Tracy’s is different, and this book was very different then I expected. It dealt with dark forces and murder, even more so than in City of the Dead. Several side characters are demon posses
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In first century Ephesus, an educated young widow struggles to find a place in a man's world of philosophy and rhetoric. An expert in the languages of Rome's far flung empire, Daria convinces Adelphos of Rhodes to give her a position in his school because she is a novelty that might attract business-an educated woman. But her habit of questioning everything immediately lands her in trouble, when she finds herself confronting a nest of sorcerers who are forcing secret powders and potions upon a y ...more
Daria's new home in Ephesus with Lucas both beguiles and confounds her, until she meets followers of The Way.

Her past has taught her that evil is real, that it can consume a person. She saw it happen with her husband, before he took his own life. Widowed, with no family, Daria becomes a tutor to Lucas, a rich traveling merchant from Ephesus. There she discovers evil has a strong foothold and that Lucas himself seems drawn to evil and sorcery.

As her relationship with her employer grows, she fears
Hallie Szott
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Escaping from the dark tragedy of her past, Daria finds herself in Ephesus, serving as the tutor of a wealthy merchant, Lucas. But as she becomes more and more acquainted with the city, Daria realizes she has not escaped at all. The darkness of her past is still very alive in Ephesus and threatens to overtake her at every turn. As the danger escalates, Daria must decide who to trust for salvation: those who practice the traditional pagan rituals or those who follow the radical message of the Chr ...more
Daria is a scholar who is gifted in languages. When she attempts to save a child from a sect of sorcerers in Rhodes, she suddenly finds herself fleeing for her life. Merchantman Lucas offers her a passage to Ephesus in exchange for teaching him the Persian language. Once in Ephesus, the shadow of the ancient wonder - the Temple of Artemis, casts its beauty on the city and Daria. Yet she soon finds that the same evil she fled from has found her amidst the Temple's beauty. Daria is offered refuge ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ephesus, a beautiful city on the Aegean coast. It seems to be the perfect place for Daria to hide from the evil she has left behind. But, is it coming for her?

Daria is a widow. Her life certainly hasn't been what she expected, but after landing a job in a school, there was hope. But, Daria has a fatal flaw in this world of men - she questions things. Too many questions landed her in hot water and she lost her job. But, larger than that, she antagonized a group of sorcerers. How? She tried to re
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