"I love the way Hunt weaves history throughout to bring readers into ancient times. The book is rich in detail, and the characters are fully rendered."--FRANCINE RIVERS, bestselling author of Redeeming Love
"I completely lost my heart to Euodia, Ariston, and Sabina. . . . A beautiful beginning to a new series."--ROBIN LEE HATCHER, bestselling author of All She Ever Dreamed
Widowed Euodia, known to her neighbors as "the Lydian woman," seeks to make a fresh start by moving to the foreign city of Philippi. She finds new purpose after meeting Paulos, apostle to the Gentiles, who opens her eyes to helping those in need, particularly women and those who have been enslaved.
Retired Roman soldier Hector has settled in Philippi with dreams of a future filled with wealth and status, pooling his army earnings with Lucius, his fellow comrade-in-arms turned business partner. His hopes are dashed, however, when Paulos robs their youngest enslaved girl of her lucrative ability to foretell the future, rendering her worthless to Hector's ambition.
Determined to find someone to restore the girl's valuable "gift," Hector is willing to travel to the ends of the earth to do so. Following close behind him, Euodia and her servants embark on a journey to rescue Sabina and set her free forever.
This book was excellent! Rich in historical content and mystifying in content, I was enamored by the cast of characters and their journey. The people, places, relationship dynamics and cultural curiosities made for a dynamic and attention-arresting read. The story was excellent and there was more than one jaw-dropping and unexpected twist! I could not be more satisfied with book one in The Emissaries series and will be eagerly anticipating the next addition!
Absorbing Biblical Fiction
There are many lessons we can learn from the people in the Bible. Euodia or Lydia is certainly one of them. As a business woman, Lydia was a creator of beautiful purple cloth - the kind that very few could afford to buy. She employed a number of women to help her with the process. As well, she had former slaves that she had freed, as her employees at home.
With a great deal of detail, the author takes us into what it was like in AD51. Life was worth little to those who owned slaves, unless those vassals did not earn money for the owner. Sabina, a young slave girl, had been a diviner, but was released from the demon by the prayer of Paulus. Can her owner, Hector, possibly find someone who will send the demon back into her? Will Lydia’s attempts to rescue and free Sabina come to fruition?
This first book in The Emissaries was received through Bethany House Publishers and Baker Publishing Group. These thoughts are my own and were in no way solicited.