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A Voice in the Wind

(Mark of the Lion #1)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  75,459 ratings  ·  3,448 reviews
“The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like the thousands of bodies that lay where they had fallen in street battles.” With this opening sentence, A Voice in the Wind transports readers back to Jerusalem during the first Jewish-Roman War, some seventy years after the death of Christ. Following the prides and passions of a group of Jews, Romans and Barbaria ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 1st 1993)
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Rose.bud I kind of see what your saying but think that with this series Ms. Rivers wants to get the reader fully immersed into the time and era. So there is a …moreI kind of see what your saying but think that with this series Ms. Rivers wants to get the reader fully immersed into the time and era. So there is a lot of description, but mostly only at the beginning. If you can press through, (or just skip a few pages ;) of description you will see that it was well worth the press. But if you do skip you'll wind up going back through it like I did, (lol). By the time I finished the book I felt like I was there in that time period with Hadassah and the rest. Hadassah was like part of my family by the time I finished the first one. Ms. Rivers really out did herself with these three. I loved them all. And don't stop with the first one! Trust me you have to read all three. I do believe they are well worth the read.(less)
Sheila Not a stand alone. I highly recommend the Mark of the Lion Series...FANTASTIC reading:)

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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
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 rated it really liked it
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 Blogs
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Lady Jane
Mar 11, 2011 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
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2008 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
Sep 07, 2008 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
Lisa Bergren
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Still one of my top 10 of all Christian fiction novels...
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
Katie  Hanna
EDIT 6/2/19

Kkkkkkkk I wrote this review like 3 years ago, but for some reason, it keeps popping up in my feed, and I keep getting questions about why I DNF'd the book, why I didn't like it, etc.

To clear up any remaining confusion, my personal reasons for disliking it were as follows:

1. Needlessly graphic content, poorly handled.
2. Thoroughly unlikable hero.
3. Unhealthy use of the "good-girl-redeems-bad-boy" trope.

There ya go.

*dusts off fingers*



Sorry, guys. Can't finish t
Bonnie Shores
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, to have the faith of Hadassah, the young Jewess, raised by faithful Christian parents who were martyred, along with her brother and sister, for their beliefs. Not understanding why she alone was spared, she never gave in to her fear and doubt, even as she was marched for a thousand miles, terrified and starving, and ultimately sold as a slave to Julia, the daughter of a wealthy and prominent Roman family.

Her faith in and dependence upon her "unseen God" gave her a peace that surpassed the un
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
What MAP said here I second, and would also add one more observation of my own about a historical inaccuracy of note few if any seem to be noticing: the misnoming. It bugged me so persistently that it made hard to enjoy or concentrate on reading.

The Roman naming system consisted of a praenomen (first name), a nomen (name of the gens), and a a cognomen (second or additional family name), and in some cases a fourth name was added (agnomen). Only males were named this way. Women in Rome got their n
Jan 02, 2008 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
Apr 13, 2013 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
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 jo
May 20, 2011 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
Sep 13, 2012 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
Sep 24, 2008 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
Jul 09, 2008 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
Jul 21, 2007 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
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! The entire trilogy is amazing! The only drawback was how slow chapter 1 is. My advice to anyone who I recommend the book is to skip the first chapter and start from chapter 2! Francine Rivers is one of my favorites!
Nov 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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My first read of 2020.
My faith is always encouraged and my heart drawn to the Lord after a Francine Rivers book and this one was no different.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Francine Rivers has once again reminded me of why she is one of my favorite authors!
This one’s got everything that I ask for from a book. It’s thrilling, moving, romantic, and so, so good! It kept me up for several nights when I simply couldn’t let go of it... I’ve not sympathized so strongly with fictional characters like I did with these for a long while and I was crying like crazy towards the end! Since I finished this I’ve been telling myself not to begin on the next book in the series just
AC Morgan
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was hands down the best book I have read this year and possibly one of the best I’ve ever read. The main character Hadassah’s fear of telling others about Jesus was so real and relatable. This book made me question myself, and if I’d be willing to risk everything, including my life, for my faith. I found myself falling in love with the three main characters, Hadassah, Marcus, and Atretes, and loved the character development of each of them. I can’t wait to read the next two books in the ser ...more
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!
Aug 03, 2012 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
Kellyn Roth
Wow. I actually really liked that.

I thought I'd never read a Francine Rivers book. And I probably will never read another one unless I choose to continue this series. But ... that was pretty good. Not EXTREMELY good, but pretty good.

I had to remove a star because of content (and another for a few things I'll mention when I get to the actual bookish parts of the book apart from the content). It was a 16+ read, but ... it was good in many ways.

Okay, so, normally I don't believe any Christian book
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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America's coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime ...more

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