Book Review- The Conquerer
You get back to back book reviews. Lucky you!
Here's another great read from Revell. This time, I got to read The Conquerer by Bryan Litfin. If you love historical fiction and reading about the early days of Christianity, you're going to love this book!
About the Book: It is AD 312. Rome teeters on the brink of war. Constantine's army is on the move. On the Rhine frontier, Brandulf Rex, a pagan Germanic barbarian, joins the Roman army as a spy and special forces operative. Down in Rome, Junia Flavia, the lovely and pious daughter of a nominally Christian senator, finds herself embroiled in anti-Christian politics as she works on behalf of the church.
As armies converge and forces beyond Rex's and Flavia's controls threaten to destroy everything they have worked for, these two people from different worlds will have to work together to bring down the evil Emperor Maxentius. But his villainous plans and devious henchmen are not easily overcome. Will the barbarian warrior and the senator's daughter live to see the Empire bow the knee to Christ? Or will their part in the story of Constantine's rise meet an untimely and brutal end?
Travel back to one of the most pivotal eras in history--a time when devotion to the pagan gods was fading and the Roman Empire was being conquered by the sign of the cross.
About the Author: Bryan Litfin grew up in Dallas, TX; Oxford, England; and Memphis, TN. He earned a degree in print journalism from the University of Tennessee, a master's degree in historical theology at Dallas Seminary, and a Ph.D. in the field of ancient church history at the University of Virginia. He now works at Moody Publishers in Chicago, IL.
My Review: This book is meaty. Altthough this is fiction, there's a lot of historical references in the book in regards to early Christianity in Rome. Reading about the persecution of the early church was difficult but so interesting to get a taste of what the early Christians went through. I spent some time in Italy 3 years ago, so it was fun to recognize many of the places discussed in the book. I loved the main character Flavia, and the courage she displayed in sharing her faith, almost at the cost of her life. The other main character Rex, is fun to follow. He grows much in the book and I love his questions to Flavia regarding her faith. There is a bit of violence in this book, so heads up. Overall a great read. I will definetly pick up more of Bryan's books.
Thanks for reading; until next time!