A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.
A war that rages between kingdoms on the Earth and in the heart.
The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.
Step back in time to the year of our Lord...A.D. 30.
The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors - Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.
But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people - and herself.
"The reigning king of Christian thrillers...kicks down the door of biblical fiction." (
"Dekker (Outlaw, 2013, etc.) makes the spiritual real...descriptions of the Nafud's dangers - think Lawrence of Arabia--are powerfully done, as are his portrayals of the perils posed by the clashing customs of Arabs, Jews and Romans." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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Really great book, Ted Dekker at his very best.
I havent read the print version.
It is a very rich, deeply layered story which combines historical events with created story, not an easy task. I found that the book set a great context of what was happening before and during the time when Jesus walked this earth, it explored some of the reasons as to why he didnt live up to some peoples expectations and why he had such an impact on the world.
The main character is brillantly strong yet haunted by the insecurities of her past and very believeable. The narration is very good.
I found the book very inspiring, it captures very well how we are controlled by fear and when we choose to let go to fear of the world we find freedom and not some sort of dreamy easy street existance.
I am so pleased to hear that there will be a second book, cant wait.
An amazing journey full of joy and sorrow.
- Barnabas Lawson