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An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion #2)

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A prosperous trader, Marcus Lucianus Valerian has made a fortune providing sand and slaves for the Roman games. But Hadassah, a slave in his family's household, has enchanted him with her quiet beauty and her staunch faith in Christ. When Marcus' sister sends Hadassah to almost certain death in the games, Marcus feels that his life has been ripped apart. Now he is on his w ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published 1994 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Amy (Foxy)
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
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An Echo in the Darkness is a continuation of the biblical principles from book one. One of the main things that drives the story is the transformation that Hadassah, Marcus and Julia must face both in the physical realm but also in spiritual realm. Their past transgressions bond them to their inner selves while not allowing them to be truly free. Life choices have come to collect their dues and left in the
Evangeleen Joseph
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS STORY! There were so many life lessons in this book, like the first one, that I wanted to highlight! I read it in two days! HONEST! I couldn't put it down, I was hassling my friend for the 2nd book! I love the changes of each character, though I wanted to back-hand Julia. I loved the journey that Marcus went through, I loved the fact that Phoebe became a Christian and did everything in her power to do the Lord's will. I loved how the memory verses in this story, tied so strongly wit ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Second in the series. I bought the first book not realizing it was part of a series. I finished it while my husband and I were out. I made him turn around and drive to the closest bookstore!! You must have the second book in hand before you finish the first! Just so you know.

The prologue will take you by the throat and threaten to stop your heart. It's that gripping. What tangled webs we weave....Marcus Valerian has bottomed out. Hadassah, now horrifically disfigured, is brought into the life of
Feb 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Those who need their religious beliefs confirmed in literature that has no other point
Shelves: abandoned
The only reason why I got as far into this book before quiting is because I was listening to the audio version during my commute. Even then I could only stand the first 4 (of 12) cd's before it was ejected out of my stereo.
I didn't know that this was the 2nd in a series, but I don't think that had anything to do with me not liking the book. There was more than enough exposition to get a handle on the people & their interconnections. I knew 1/2 way through the first chapter that the woman Ma
'"What do you want of God, Roman?"
It was an imperious question from so small a boy, and was said with a curious blend of humility and demand. "I'll know when I face him."
"Perhaps the answers you seek can't be found in something you can see and touch."
Amused, Marcus smiled. "You have big thoughts for a small boy."
The boy grinned. "A shepherd has time to think."
"Then, my little philosopher, what would you advise?"
The boys's smile faded. "When you face God, remember he is God."
I'll remember what he
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, "WOW, This is one of the best, most moving books I have ever read in my entire life!"

An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers is an absolute masterpiece. The story picks directly at the ending of the first book. Hadassah, now very disfigured, covers herself from head to toe in veils and does God's work as a healer, working tirelessly with Alexander, the physician who helped God save her from the arena. She sees patient after patient, day after day. And all the while, sh
Leah Good
Be still my heart! I finished listening to this book last night with a glow of utter satisfaction, but also an ache of regret at needing to bid farewell to the characters I'd come to love so well.

Are you the impatient type? Do you pray and chaff for God's answer? I know I do! There are people I love who don't know they Lord, and I want their salvation sooner rather than later. More often than not, I give up hope that they'll ever turn to Christ. This book gave me encouragement. It reminded me of
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, I wasn't ready for this book. I am so happy and thankful I read this series. This book showcased Marcus's struggle beautifully. He truly struggled and found his faith and it was beautiful to watch. Seeing the miracles, the faith, it was amazing. I highly highly recommend this trilogy.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to sal by: Tony
After reading the first book in this series, I was excited to continue the series to find out what happens to Hassadah. I believe she is the best character in the first two books, and I was driven by my desire to know how her story unfolded to finish this book.

I loved her story--saved by the doctor, called "the Healer," devoted to Julia even after all that had happened--but I still found some of it over emphasized and preachy. While reading, I noticed that I found myself thinking, "Yeah, yeah,
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I believe I liked An a Echo in the Darkness better than A Voice in the Wind! Both are awesome and incredible but everything came together in this one.

This story is about Marcus's journey. But never fear Hadassah is definitely in it! This series is so incredible! And the ending is ... Umph!... Awesome!! Read it! Or miss out...
Apr 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Hannah Rodriguez
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wow. These are so wonderful and I couldn't express all my love in one simple review.
just read these. please.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Another interesting read by Francine Rivers...
Again many lessons learned!
A few thoughts from things I read...
I'll try not to use names so I don't give away plots... ;)
**There is a discussion between two characters, about why God would allow a servant of His to be killed while being faithful to Him...
"If a centurion ordered a legionnaire to go into battle, would he not go?" The other character relpies "x wasn't a soldier", (and here it is.... the line that struck me!) "Wasn't she? Rome builds arm
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
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Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. Books 1 and 2 are much more closely related; Book 3 expands on the story of a minor character from Book 1. I absolutely loved this book, and Marcus's journey and struggle in finding his faith is both frustrating and beautiful. I won't give away any spoilers, but I distinctly remember reading this on the T in Boston and missing my stop because I was so enthralled and wrapped up in the story of Marcus's journey. This is de ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I read the entire Mark of the Lion Series. I give book 1 & 2 a big fat 10! I actually wished I had stopped there and let the story simmer before continuing to book 3. (Book 3 is really about other characters that were not as endearing to me.) This was the most spiritually moving story I've ever read! I didn't get much sleep between reading and not being able to sleep because I was so engrossed in the story I would dream about it. These two books can actually be life changing. These are not p ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-christian
I think I like this book more than the first. It shared the gospel and the struggles of receiving the gospel. I also was encouraged by the teaching of this book. Reading this book, you get more than you would a year of church in some cases. It plainly showed how in life what surrending to God's will looks like. The characters were not cheesey but with real struggles, looking for real answers. And as always, I enjoyed the history behind it as well. I would encourage anyone looking for answers to ...more
I loved this second book in the Mark of the Lion series! It started off with a surprise and kept me absolutely captivated through the entire book. I'm really fascinated by the cultures in this time period and really enjoyed the journey through this book. I also thought the author handled the various issues very realistically without being too heavy handed. After my horror at the way the first book ended, I got my HEA with this one!
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Did not dissapoint!! I feel like I come away a better person after reading Francine's books. For this second book, I was reminded of God's command to love- a love not spurred on by our feelings but by obedience to the Lord. I was reminded that all things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose. Highly recommend the Mark of the Lion series!
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books, i-own, 2012, 2016
1st read - 2010
2nd read - June 2012
3rd read - July 2016

If you need me, I'll just be here...weeping.
So, so beautiful.

Full review HERE!

Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it! I love the story of Marcus and Hadassah and how far they've come and what they have overcome with Christ. This series is definitely one of my all-time favorites!
Okay, let me just say that I had a lot of mixed emotions about the first book. But this one I have one: LOVE! It is SO GOOD! I loved reading about each of the characters and didn't want this book to end! It's going on my faves list! Phenomenol!

Marcus has never forgotten Hadassah. He can't, he loved her too much. How is he ever going to forget her? The world has lost what it once held for him. Things that he used to love now does nothing for him, except irritate him more. Maybe if he can find the
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"الناس يرون عليها علامة الاسد ويخفقون في ان يعرفوا ما يعنيه"
كانت ومازلت الوصية الاولى (تحب الرب من كل قلبك ومن كل نفسك ومن كل قوتك ... ولتكن هذه الكلمات اليوم على قلبك)
سلم طريقك وامرك كليا للرب وهو سيقودك
* كتبت فرنسين ما قد فكرت فيه وشعرت به وايقنته من رواياتها فساقتبس منها :
نحن في حياتنا نبحث عن الله " اين انت ؟ لماذا تختبئ عني؟ "
ولكن "مهما كان الامر خفيا فقد كان ثمة قصد ما "
صل " ايها الرب الاله سامحني بسبب شكي وانعش روحك في داخلي حتى اتم مقصدك هنا .امنحني الا اعتمد على فهمي "
افهم ان " القربان
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
The first book left off on something of a cliffhanger, and since it was so well-written, of course I JUST HAD to get the second book! I borrowed it from the same friend I borrowed the first from, and I was not disappointed. The fact that Marcus and Hadassah didn't have it easy makes the story interesting.

Like the first book, this one is very well-researched and written, and I enjoyed reading about the life of the gladiators. and Roman life in general. I was actually surprised to learn about what
Abigail Mitchell
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. Loving this series so much! Definitely highly recommend it!
Roufeail Maged
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best book in the series the struggle of markus and the result of it is just awesome
Wow! Looooved this book. This is book 2 in the 'Voice of the Wind' series. It picks up exactly where book 1 left off.

First off, this was much better than book 1! The first book was grim whereas this book is more positive. Still some heavy stuff but not like in the first book.

The story of Marcus and Hadassah is what I loved most. I love that he goes on this journey to find God and to experience life the way she did...visiting where she grew up, paths she walked, etc. I couldn't get enough! I want
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