Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.
Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached. Strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.
When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam's thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he's come to love?
This is a remarkable biblical novel!
It’s not just a fantastic book but also an amazing way to wrap up the series! This is one series that it definitely helps to read the books in order.
We’ve seen Tirzah before. It was wonderful to see her fully developed. She is an extremely strong and courageous woman. I love how she is completely devoted to Yahweh and willing to do everything she can and that she believes He wants her to do.
Liyam is torn between fulfilling the vow he made to exact vengeance himself or serving Yahweh. I was completely caught up in watching his personal struggle.
I loved seeing how they interacted with each other from the time they met. They went through so many different emotions and worked through them together.
There was lots of danger and action as the Israelites fought to drive the Arameans from their land. I knew how it would end because I have read the bible. That made it no less enjoyable to see how the author had the story play out since there were really no details in the bible itself.
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You are leaving behind something of greater worth - hope
One lone flame does little to push back the darkness, but many little flames will soon create a blaze that will defeat the darkness.
Wow! What an incredible finish to the Cities of Refuge series. There is suspense, spying, mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love - Yahweh for His people, Tirzah for Odeleya and the many who die to redeem their land. Tirzah is a young widow who is skillful, dedicated and a fast learner. She wants to help in the fight against the Aramean occupation of Judah’s cities and lands. Sending a woman as a spy was just not done but with much convincing and a great deal of training she was allowed to go to Shechem as a cook. Here she worked, listened and passed information back to her brother who was the leader of the fighting forces. As the remnant rises up, her faith is renewed and she remembers that the Lord will fight for her, she needs only to be still.
Liyam has lost his wife in childbirth and his daughter to a trader’s lack of ability to control his team and wagon. Seeking only revenge, he sets out to find that one-eyed Moabite. It was lovely to read how Yahweh brings him back to the place where forgiveness is possible, as he helps in the mission to oust the Arameans from the land.
One lone flame made all the difference! A good reminder for all of us to let our light shine wherever we are.
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