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Paperback An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion #2) Book

ISBN: 0842313079

ISBN13: 9780842313070

An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion #2)

(Book #2 in the Mark of the Lion Series)

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This classic series has inspired nearly 2 million readers. Both loyal fans and new readers will want the latest edition of this beloved series. This edition includes a foreword from the publisher, a preface from Francine Rivers and discussion questions suitable for personal and group use. #2 An Echo in the Darkness: Turning away from the opulence of Rome, Marcus is led by a whispering voice from the past into a journey that could set him free from...

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7 ratings

It was good but...

I was very sad when I received a different cover than what was shown.

Loved it more than the first

The characters introduced in the first book really came alive in the second one. I thought the story was beautifully written. A must read for those who love historical fiction.

Powerful, have tissues, will cry

Francine Rivers second title in the Mark of the Lion series delivers a pleasant suprise. The saga begun in "A Voice in the Wind" takes a dramatic and dark twist in "Echo in the Darkness". It stands in sharp contrast to the first book and shines in its own right. The characters we met in the first novel are developed a great deal in the second novel and we get down to some of the deeper issues motivating these people. Almost non-existant is the frivolous debauchery seen in the first novel. In the first book Ms. Rivers lays a groundwork of the lives the main characters are enmeshed in. Here, in the second book we see the tragic consequnces of those actions. We see the ravages of promiscuity, the hopelessness of idol worship, and the sobering effects of the apathy of a society that is crumbling under the weight of its own debauchery. You can't help but see parallels to the present day. This novel, more so than the first, will make you think and examine your own walk with the Lord. The pace is breathless, be prepared to have difficulty closing the book. I ended up taking it with me to work and reading on my breaks, I couldnt tear myself away from the story. I read the last 100 pages in one sitting ending well past 3 AM. As far as christian fiction goes its sometimes like navigating a mine-field, you pick up a novel not knowing what the author's theology may be and what your about to be exposed to. In this novel, Ms. Rivers has done a remarkable job of presenting what true christian faith is all about. She shows various people from all walks of life coming to know the Lord. Ms rivers novel shows us that the wages of sin indeed are death, but that no matter what, God loves us, and through redemption in christ, there is life and that nothing is impossible with christ. I strongly recommend this series but with some caution. The issues addressed are heavy ones and a younger audience probably shouldnt read it. Issues such as promiscuity, witchcraft, false religion, EXTREME violence, abortion, and sexual debauchery are all factors in the stories. While these issues are used to show just how depraved certain characters are, and are desrcibed with a great deal of vague care (we know what the characters are doing but are not forced to read graphic descriptions) they are nonetheless there. If these books were ever made into a movie I think they would be pushing the limits of a PG-13 rating. the battle sequences in the first book alone are enough to make one a little unsettled. All in all though this series is a powerful one and one cant help but be changed by reading it. I picked up book 3 today and already I'm hooked. Enjoy!

This Book Will Change You

Francine Rivers is arguably Christian fiction's finest writer, and THE MARK OF THE LION trilogy is her crown jewel. They are my favorite works of fiction -- ever. While other authors may sell more books at times, none can WRITE like Rivers.The MARK trilogy is set in the Roman Empire, shortly after the fall of Jerusalem. Using a Hebrew slave girl (Hadassah) and a German gladiator (Atretes; think the film GLADIATOR) as the main characters, three books are crafted around themes of faith, redemption, forgiveness, and sacrifice. Rivers is one of the best at writing characters and those that she creates here are absolutely convincing -- flawed and heroic on multiple layers, with developmental conflicts that relate to and parallel modern times almost seamlessly. AN ECHO IN THE DARKNESS, the middle book of the series, picks up immediately after A VOICE IN THE WIND's climax. Where A VOICE focused mainly on Hadassah and her struggle to stand for her faith, AN ECHO's main conflicts surround the Valerian family (whom Hadassah served) and their responses to the sacrificial price that Hadassah paid. The resulting journeys towards redemption play out wonderfully and, as the book progresses, become more and more moving. Though A VOICE is my favorite of the series, from a literary standpoint AN ECHO is probably the best.You can read AN ECHO on its own, but you must read A VOICE first, and you might as well order the entire series because once you read one you will have to read them all. These books will not only grab hold of you and demand to be finished but they will challenge you to take your walk with God to a much deeper level. No other novels have ever affected me so profoundly. Forget the LEFT BEHIND series and invest in a true Christian classic. FIVE STARS.

Absolutely Incredible

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. Of all of the books I have read, I keep coming back to this one, it simply draws me. I have read it 13 times or more. If you haven't read it yet, please do. It is one of the few books that draws me in completely from the very beginning. I can sit down on a lazy Saturday and read nearly all the way through it. And I get so involved in the book that if you want my attention, you may as well call me by the main character's name. It is that good!!

A definite page-turner.

This book is much darker than the first. I would not recommend reading this book without reading the third afterwords. Much of this story is graphic. Definitely not intended for younger readers. This book has many parallels to current day life. It will cause you to look at the world around you. An excellent book.
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