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As Sure as the Dawn

(Mark of the Lion #3)

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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  27,940 ratings  ·  1,059 reviews
The third installment in the Mark of the Lion trilogy.

Following A Voice in the Wind and An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure as the Dawn continues the chronicles of Hadassah, a Christian slave woman living during the height of the Roman Empire. She has saved the life of the scorned child of a disreputable Roman woman and the Germanic gladiator, Atretes. For her faith, Hadassa
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Paperback, 520 pages
Published 1995 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Lora Swafford I completely agree. Mainly because this story just wasn't as good. I loved this series because of Hadassah and Marcus. Hadassahs love for God, and…moreI completely agree. Mainly because this story just wasn't as good. I loved this series because of Hadassah and Marcus. Hadassahs love for God, and Marcus's love for Hadassah. The fact that in the end of the second one marcus and her finally get to be together, and then all of a sudden in this book there is nothing about them? Plus I felt like this book was a little to much. Like someone literally being resurrected from the dead? Jesus coming back and walking on water in the ending? Too much in my opinion. Christianity is all about faith. Believing in things you can not see, so if you have to have this many signs to prove to you God is real, your faith is nothing. That just my opinion. (less)
Gwen No, I think you should read the other two first. It'll make more sense that way.

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Naomi
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book and a wonderful ending to an amazing series. It was sad to know that I wouldn't be able to follow the lives of Rizpah and Arteres anymore. As well as Haddassa and Marcus. :)

I suggest this series to everyone. Now I am a Francine River's reader. I am off to my next book of hers. :)
Jackie
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While I adore the 2nd book of the series, I think this was my favorite. Atretes is frustrating and intense, and while I wanted very much to come through the pages of the book and strangle him, I loved reading his journey. I think his struggle with anger and what was done to him is so similar to many people today, that stubborn pride that just won't let you loose to experience God even when He makes himself obvious.

And then there's Rizpah, my favorite character in the entire series. I can relate
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Raya
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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There are books that are good, even great, books that you will remember and offer glowing recommendations to all you meet. And then there are books like As Sure as the Dawn, which, days later, will still leave you in awe and wonder. There’s power behind this story, that transformative, tremor-inducing power that makes you forget this is a work of fiction and not something that raised itself out of the ground.

This is considered Christian fiction, which by definition already holes itself to certa
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Carla Palmeiro
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
This book was a big disappointment for me, because I simply adored the first 2 books from the Mark Of The Lion, in fact, I don’t remember crying as much while reading a book as I cried during A Voice in The Wind and especially An Echo in The Darkness. I adored Hadassah and Marcus and despite knowing that their story ended with Book II I sill wanted to read Book III and discover what happened to Atretes.

For the first time while reading these Christian books, the constant preaching and christiani
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Suzannah
Nov 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
It was awful--a 300-page, pressure-cookery romance novel. This book also had the most problematic theology of the trilogy, and an unsatisfying ending.

Let me just pick one big problem with this book. It's about a Christian woman falling in love with a very unsaved man (as are the previous two books in the series). Outside fiction, this is known as "dating evangelism" and it is madness. Apart from anything else, how can a woman respect a man who she's leading spiritually?

I mean no disrespect to Mr
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Maloup
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book really spoke to me until they reached the Chatti. Then it became sort of weird. I definitely found the power of Satan stronger in this book. I've got some great lessons from it, almost more so than the first two. I could identify with Rizpah and her struggles as a born again Christian. I was hesitant to read it in the beginning but I am so glad I did.
Sandra Bašić
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Izvrsno zaokružena trilogija, svaka čast!
Kels
I'm not sure how to begin this review. Despite the one star review I gave it, I did enjoy it more so towards the ending and there was a lot of spiritual wisdom and entertainment speckled throughout it.. buutttt there were just some things I didn't like about this book. And since I got to start somewhere, I might as well get my "problems" with the book out of the way. So brace yourself peeps.

In this Mark of the Lion series, I noticed a discomforting trend. The romantic relationships between the m
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Erin
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Shantelle
…I don’t want this series to end… but I must say it, yes, a fitting end to the Mark of the Lion saga. As Sure as the Dawn told another powerful story; another tale of a life completely turned around. This time, we focus on Atretes, the fierce and feared gladiator. Except he’s not a gladiator anymore, but many would like to see him in the arena again. He now has his son, and the woman, Rizpah, who’s become a mother to his son… Yet will his relentless anger take all that away from him?

Two hot-te
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Chy
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dude, the first half of this book = romance novel. Straight up, with less nakedness and with the word "Jesus" muttered as something other than a curse or expression of sexual fulfillment.

The middle part = summarization of Bible stories through one character's pages and pages of talking. As if the people of the "projected" audience don't freakin' know. And as if anybody who appreciates good writing wants to see pages of info-dump via dialogue.

Second half of book = I don't even know. But, the actu
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Beth
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book captured my attention much more than what I had expected. Francine delivers very intense scenes & doesn't sugarcoat the message of the Bible. As always, you feel like you're in the shoes of the main characters drawing you into their battles & their triumphs. In my mind I questioned some of the supernatural things that were attributed to the Lord, and then I wondered why He wouldn't show His power in the face of darkness. We have been amazed at what God is doing in these days to ...more
Sarah
Jun 25, 2007 rated it did not like it
Okay, I know these are Christian books, but I read them because they came highly recommended. The first two had good stories, good enough to overcome the preaching. The third basically drudged up some leftover characters from the first two books and had them quote the entire Bible to eachother. Oh, plus there were some pretty outrageous "heavenly miracles" in this book, while the other two managed to tell a good story without depending on acts of God for the storyline to progress.
Kelly
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers is the third book in an amazing series. Atretes a german warrior also revered gladiator is free. He won his freedom through fighting, but now his life is going to change forever.

I recommend this book to young adults.

This book almost felt like a stand alone. The characters are not related to the previous two books. Even though I missed the characters in the previous books I felt like I related to the characters in this book the most. Well more to the subject
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Kristine
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rachel M.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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After reading A Voice in the Wind and An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure as the Dawn is the perfect closure to the Mark of the Lion Series. In the prologue the book starts right off how the first book finishes, with Atretes talking to Hadassah in the dungeons of Ephesus. However, after the prologue, Hadassah is not in the book. The main Characters are Atretes, Rizpah, and Theophilus. Atretes, finds his son and wishes to leave Ephesus and Rome, which reminds him so much of his past and finally retu ...more
Kelly Kauffman
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Mark of the Lion Trilogy are some of my favorite books. They were excellent, and dare I go as far as to say they were even life-changing? I realize these books are fiction, however, I believe that they must be somewhat representative of what life may have been like centuries ago, shortly after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Realizing what the early Christians risked to follow Him shows how strong their faith was...in comparison with my easy life in a country where I am ...more
Mary Findley
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I read all three of these books as recommended by my daughter. She writes well. I appreciated her Christian emphasis and attention to historical detail but, like so many modern writers and filmmakers, so much of the book is devoted to the bad behavior of the unconverted or the slow, stumbling process of the newly converted. There is also a great deal of mysticism passing for true spiritual growth and closeness to God. I found little spiritual depth here. They are also so female-dominated that sh ...more
Michaela
What can I say about this book. It was so wonderful, yet I felt so sad when I finished it. This amazing trilogy was over .
I loved Rizpah; what an inspiring character. I loved Theophilus. I loved Atretes, but I was a little disappointed at how he kind of just 'forgot' about the Lord, and went back into the way he had been. I absolutely abhorred Anomia. She was worse than Julia! Overall, such a wonderfully inspiring and amazing book. Looking back on the series, I have to say that the first was m
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Alexia
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite book out of the 3 in the series. There was more romance in this one and as always despair. However, I thought it was great writing and really kept me captivated. definitely worth reading this book to finish the series.
A J Hawke
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Didn't want this series to end and put the book down after the last page with a sigh of satisfaction and regret. Satisfaction at a lovely ending to the three book series and a sigh of regret that the journey was ended.
Aneta Jackowska-Musiol
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it is one of the books that make you want to be a better person, it is calling to your very inner you. This is what I call Christianity
Kiersten
I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as the first two. Maybe because Hadassah and Marcus were closer to my age (and their love story is one of my favorites of anything I've ever read), whereas Rizpah and Atretes are quite a bit older and more adult. I found them harder to relate to because their emotions and thought processes were so much more mature (Hadassah and Marcus thought like angsty teenagers! ha!). And I also found the setting considerably less interesting. Still, this was crammed with ...more
Melody
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The third and last book in Francine Rivers, Mark of the Lion series, and again, this isn't a book that I would normally pick up and read but a coworker let me borrow all but this last book which I got a the library, because she thought I'd like them, which I did enjoy reading the series and I'm glad I did.

I would have to give this book 2 stars being that it's not as good as the first book " An Echo in the Darkness" which was my favorite in the series.

This classic series has inspired nearly 2 mi
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Haley
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
My husband made fun of me on this one because it looks so much like a Romance novel on the cover. And I have to say out of the 3 Mark of the Lion series, this last one read much like a romance novel until about half way through before the story seemed to pick back up the pace Rivers had going with the last two. Atretes anger and rage... while completely understandable for his character (a man enslaved and who spent 10 years of his life as a trained killer) got a little old for my taste, but I st ...more
Mistie
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series did not disappoint! I loved all of them and will read them again.
Abigail Mitchell
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this series was sooo good. I was getting goosebumps because it was so good! Francine Rivers wrote a masterpiece when she wrote these stories!
Amber
May 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was a crummy ending to a pretty good series. I wish I would have stopped with book 2. I read this out-loud to my husband as we drove from Illinois to Las Vegas. After losing my voice I started reading ahead and then filling him in when I could talk. After a couple times of this he said, "I like this book a lot better when you just sum it up for me." I agree whole-heartedly. And the ending - blah. It's like she got tired of writing the book and just had to get over with it so she gave one to ...more
Krista
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this book was good, a good setting and characters and story. Good messages about putting aside anger and learning to grow in gentleness and forgiveness. However, the second half I lost interest and it changed direction. It was like a different story and writing. It was too preachy for me, very long sections about spreading Christianity, and was too drawn out. I didn't like most of the new characters in the second half. Overall, the story was ok, 2.5 stars. Not Francine River's g ...more
Heidi
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was colossally stupid. I gave it two stars rather than one only because it finished out a storyline from an earlier book, which I actually liked, but I think 1 1/2 stars would have been better. On top of that, I got this used from someone and it had the most ridiculous Fabio-cover on it. Judging the book by its cover should have scared me away from this soap opera.
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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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