About the book:
Seven Wonders: Book 5
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 of 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. As Daria investigates Lucas's exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She's drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.
When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul's God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything - Lucas's fate, her position in his household, and the outcome of the tension between pagans and Christians. But only if she survives long enough to divulge what she knows.
So Shines the Night begins in Rhodes, near the eerie ruins of the Colossus. Daria, an 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 on her keen mind and logical thinking. So, when her dark past catches up with her and she finds herself faced with spiritual forces, both good and bad, she has trouble accepting that some things are beyond her ability to understand. She is a likable heroine her instant chemistry with Lucas adds great tension and just the right amount of romance to the story. When Daria learns of a string of murders that began with Lucas's wife, she is determined to unravel the mystery and convince him to end his involvement with a group of sorcerers. The novel had the feel of an ancient times Nancy Drew mystery, with plenty of sleuthing and a dramatic conclusion you will never see coming.
Higley has long been one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint with the new, much anticipated release. I'll be eagerly waiting for the final two books in the Seven Wonders series and inthe mean time, will read anything Higley writes. I would recommend this author to anyone who enjoys their historical fiction with healthy doses of mystery and action, as well as a little romance!
*** I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.0***