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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,595 ratings  ·  310 reviews
First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Erin Laramore It is adult fiction. There is nothing inappropriate for a younger audience, and could be enjoyed by young adults who have a good understanding of hist…moreIt is adult fiction. There is nothing inappropriate for a younger audience, and could be enjoyed by young adults who have a good understanding of history and a broad vocabulary.(less)

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Allison Tebo
Beware: Rambling review ahead.


It’s Afshar’s writing style that really bumped my rating up a star. Her rhythm and meter cause her to be several cuts above the standard, homogenized writing of most Christian Fiction authors. Afshar’s beautiful style is so evocative and has a rawness and a depth that strikes right at the core and is rarely parallel in Christian Fiction. From the first sentence I am irretrievably pulled in, no matter the subject, simply because her style itself is so irresis
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you've ever read Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion trilogy and have ever wanted to read something else like it, this book has the same feel without all the gladiator games. Ancient Corinth/Athens, underhanded Romans, the early church. Skilled writing. ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
Some novels leave you feeling so full you don’t have room for your own words. For real though, if I could I'd fill this review with only quotes from the book but I'll leave it to you guys to explore ;-)

Tessa Afshar has truly written as a masterpiece! In "Thief of Corinth" we experience a journey not only read through one. I wish I could share all my highlights, insights and moments of tears and laughter for, with a spunky heroine, there is a promise for this and much more. I'm impressed by this
Christine Indorf
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I finally had a chance to read Thief of Corinth. I have putting it off for months and just finally sat down and read it. I am in love with the female main character in the novel. Smart, strong and a women of her own. I think we all have a little of her in us. Her reasoning to follow in her Father footsteps and not look at the big picture, only seeing what see wants to see. Her whole family are written so well. Her foster brother and her relationship is a sad one, even when she loves ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Another beautiful novel by Tessa Afshar.

Thief of Corinth has a different feel to it. While I adored the main character's (Ariadne) spunk from the beginning, in other ways she wasn't the most likeable character. She made bad decisions and at times it was difficult to watch. I shouldn't have worried though as Afshar neatly wrapped up Ariadne's story after a change of heart.

There were a number of little things I adored about this novel: both brothers Theo and Dionysius, the four Claudia sisters, so
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, christian
Beautiful. Moving. Fast paced. All the feels. “The Thief of Corinth” by Tessa Afshar is all these things and more! I took two courses specifically on 1 and 2 Corinthians in college, so my heart has a special place for these books of the Bible. Paul is also one of my favorite Bible characters, so I loved reading about him in this book as well! Ms. Afshar truly makes first-century Corinth come alive! She adds so much detail of the setting and time period that I could vividly picture this bustling ...more
Rachel McMillan
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unforgettable love story, a brilliantly fresh heroine of agency and athleticism (I know! I know! athleticism from a female in Biblical fiction... could life be better) and impeccable research find perennial favourite Afshar at the top of her game.

The pitch perfect research and heart for the worlds she captures so brilliantly--with their counterbalance of historical verisimilitude and spiritual resonance is heightened here by Afshar's clear enjoyment.

There is a zest of personality that livens
Tessa Afshar has become an author that I one-hundred percent recommend. I hardly have to wonder anymore if I'll love her books; each new one I read is phenomenal. Thief of Corinth was beautiful. It was deeply emotional, as well as an intriguing, adventurous page-turner.

I'm not sure about her older books (the ones set in the Old Testament) because it has been awhile since I've read them, but Tessa's writing style in her three latest novels is wonderful. It's a little different, but masterful and
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
This book. My heart. It might just be part of my new 'everything is emotional' way of life (honestly, I cry over the smallest thing) but this book touched my heart and made me cry more than once. It's a beautiful, beautiful story of redemption and just YES. I've read two other books by Tessa Afshar (Harvest of Rubies and Harvest of Gold) and she's definitely one of my favorite Christian authors. Fans of Christian fiction set during the first century will not be disappointed.

Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to give this 5 stars! There were a few slow parts/characters I didn't feel connected to, but overall what a solid story! I loved the main characters and the story line.
The story of faith and God's love was so beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes. I really enjoyed reading this!
Highly recommend!
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This was a terrific read from beginning to end. The characters are thoroughly engaging, the plot unique and intriguing, and a simply wonderful novel.

I really enjoyed this read, the tie in with Biblical characters, and the story as a whole. I don’t give spoilers so the best parts you will just have to find out for yourself!

It’s a tremendous read, and readers won’t be disappointed with the twists and turns of this novel.

A few quotes :

Popularity can dull the senses like a drug. It can nu
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf, audiobook, christian
I have loved Tessa Afshar’s writing in Harvest of Rubies series. I felt like I stepped into the time described and experienced that time period in a way that made Biblical application easier. This one is no different. We learn of first century Corinth through the eyes of Ariadne, a young willful but lovable young girl. It pads out the stories in Acts 17, 18 and 1 Corinthians 16. In this novel, Ariadne discovers the truth of her father which threatened her family and seems to repeat itself again. ...more
This biblical fiction book had a twist in that the main characters were not from the Bible but rather just people of Corinth. First century Corinth is a busy city with commerce and charm but also slavery, corruption, and danger. Ariadne escapes her grandfather's house where she is treated harshly by both her mother and grandfather and heads to Corinth with her adopted brother to her father's home. Little does she know that the breakup between her parents came from a secret her father is keeping ...more
LOVED this story! From the first time she walked on the page to her bittersweet “Hopeful-Ever-After” ending, heroine Ariadne grabbed me, and I could do nothing but follow her on this journey :) She reminded me of some special young people in my life and maybe, in a few small ways, of my own history. Powerful storytelling & beautiful writing! So, so good!!!

Thief of Corinth is an exciting, thoughtful, poignant must-read. For me, Ariadne has become my Bible-times Anne of Green Gables or Jo March.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfection as usual!
Sarah Monzon
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Afshar is a beautiful storyteller.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the book but it did not give me the wow feeling that it needs to give it 5 stars. I found it special that the book begins with a letter written by Ariadne and adressed to Paul. We are used to the other way around!
I found the book a little bit predictable. The person I liked the best was Theo. I felt really sorry for him. Would I recommend the book? I think so. There are biblical lessons you can learn from it.
Melinda Freeland
You know an author is pretty spectacular when she's able to make you really feel for the main character after having read only 16 pages into a book! That's exactly what Afshar did in Thief of Corinth, the author's most recent Biblical fiction release set in the time of the New Testament.

The heroine, Ariadne, is a teen at the beginning of this novel, and Draco is a man her grandfather has arranged for her to marry. Ariadne walks in on Draco right after he had brutally had his way with a slave gir
Catherine P
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-complete
Thief of Corinth is a read that I just didn't want to put down. The plot never slows. I also like the way Paul's teachings were woven into the story. At the end, I wanted more adventures and for the story to continue on. ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have not read a lot of Biblical Fiction. It isn't my first choice of genre to reach for. I have read a book by Mesu Andrews and Connilyn Cossette and have mixed feelings about the writing. But the Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar's cover looked amazing. Then I read the synopsis and figured it might be something I would enjoy reading. I'm glad that I did. With the Thief of Corinth, I finished the entire novel in one day.

Her writing is amazing. I have a deep respect for writers of Biblical fict
Jenelle Hovde
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tessa Afshar's Thief of Corinth is a rich treat. Thought provoking, action-packed, and filled with memorable, well fleshed out characters, Thief of Corinth delivers a fascinating tale of an athletic woman once suppressed by society. 
Adrianne flees a brutal engagement (and I do mean brutal) and escapes with her adopted brother/friend Theo to reconnect with a long-lost father, Galenos. There, she discovers her aging father has a terrible secret. He is the Thief of Corinth and he can no longer keep
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thief of Corinth is set in the New Testament and Tessa will transport you back to those days. When reading you will forget you are in the 21st century and be back in Biblical days. You will smell the rich scent (yep good and bad), feel the heat, taste the sand, find yourself fleeing the dangers of our young heroine. The research is rich in history, scenery and even though the story isn't part of the Bible it is set in those times and the plot is rich in plot, characters and I had a hard time set ...more
Natalie Jager
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Tessa Afshar never fails this devoted reader! I devoured Thief of Corinth. The spunky, clever, bright, though-so-damaged-by-life heroine had my heart from page one. Ms. Afshar writes a heroine in which we can all see ourselves, if even just a little. Ariadne leads a life of grand adventure which is actually forced upon her due to circumstances beyond her control. She doesn’t shirk or run from disaster, but bravely attempts to forge from her disasters a stronger, more powerful woman. In the midst ...more
Kaye Whitney
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy books that also teach me about history or society, while I am reading for pleasure. Thief of Corinth certainly fulfills both goals. Neighbors Dionysius, Justus, Theodotus, and Ariadne grew up together as family and neighbors, but with quite different personalities, abilities, interests, and goals. They are bi-lingual, speaking both Greek and Latin because they live in Corinth, a major business city during the early Roman Empire.
Thief of Corinth surprised me at each plot twist. Although
Kathryn Bochman
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar is a book that gifted me with entertainment, a message to ponder, and enough tension to keep my attention all the way through. Set in the ancient city of Corinth, Afshar delighted me with witty dialogue, multi-faceted characters, and a sense of adventure. Having read her previous books, I knew I was in for a treat with this one. And while I felt this book carried a more lighthearted tone that the previous ones, I was in no way short changed. In fact, I think the ...more
Amanda Geaney
Review coming closer to release date.
Cynthia Marcano
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read that left me wanting more. I gave it a four because of preferring a different happy ending. Totally
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ariadne flees Athens with her adopted brother, Theo, to Corinth after years of living with her controlling mother and grandfather. Ariadne is more at ease in Corinth, yet still feels out of place at home with her father, then she discovers the secret that drove a wedge of separation between her parents.

Ariadne is loyal to her father and brothers, but she struggles to fit in with the other young women of Corinth, instead distinguishing herself as an athlete, and educating the younger girls. She i
Virginia Winfield
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 05
I loved this very different book of fiction. This is a very interesting time period. I have never read a book based in Corinth and enjoyed learning a bit about it. I loved the character of Ariadne and how strong she is. It had to be hard to choose to do something different than most other women. I enjoyed her journey of discovery along with all of her friends. I did not want to stop reading this story. I hope to read many more of Tessa Afshar’s books. I received a copy of this book from the auth ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, confession time. I tend to obtain and then horde Christian books for Advent and Lent. I DO try to always have one religious book on my currently reading list, but they tend to get lost amongst all of the secular books. I love Lent and Advent, because it forces me to focus on Christian books.

However, that means that I end up with literally BOXES and lots of eBooks of Christian books, just languishing, waiting for the "proper time", to be read. This author has been on my radar for a while, I e
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Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel, Land of Silence, won an Inspy award, and was voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016. It was also nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Inspirational Romance. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her b ...more

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