(Book Review) A Shield in the Shadows


Shield in the ShadowsReviewed by: Hallie Charbogian, Taylor University student

 


Introduction

Title: A Shield in the Shadows

Author: L.A. Racines

Publisher: Xulon Press

Publication Date: March 2015

Format: Paperback

Length: 352 Pages

OVERVIEW

Beginning in 405 AD, L.A. Racines brilliantly unravels her historical fiction of a Christian community on the run after being plundered by the Huns. Seeking shelter and protection, the community finds itself under the wing of a band of pagan Goths on their way to invade the Roman Empire. Terrible and spectacular things await them as they must face life and death situations and make challenging decisions concerning their faith.

Writing in third person, Racines transitions back and forth between the perspectives of Theona, the daughter of the Christian community’s pastor, and aristocrat Marius, a tribune in the Roman Army. Despite the transitioning of perspectives, the storyline is easy to follow. The characters are the true pearls of this tale. Racines outdoes herself in developing them and making them relatable to the reader. Even more, she richly illustrates and describes solid biblical truths through them. Placing each of her characters in different stages of faith, she is able to display how people may come to know Jesus Christ, how to grow in Him, and how to respond to His salvation. In addition, certain characters in the story are historically accurate, as well as their dealings with one another.

A Shield in the Shadows keeps its readers at the edge of their seats. There is something for everyone in these pages: action, adventure, drama, suspense, romance, inspiration, triumph and tragedy. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

5 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

General Christian readership, especially those who enjoy historical fiction.

Christian Impact

Spiritual discussion and biblical morals are included throughout the storyline.

Hallie Charbogian is a student at Taylor University, pursuing a BS degree in Professional Writing.


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