Title: Thief of Corinth
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 07 August 2018
Genre: Biblical Fiction, Christian
Blurb from the Book
After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.
Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.
When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.
Thief of Corinth is written from Ariadne’s perspective, making the story more personal and the reader more committed to the storyline. Ariadne’s snarky comments like “Father made the introductions, calling Aniketos’ wife a vision of beauty. She was a vision of something.” will have readers giggling throughout the book. Though Ariadne’s story is highly fictionalised, it brings to life Acts 17 and the events of the early church, particularly among the non-Jews. Thief of Corinth reminds me why I love historical fiction. Afshar does a wonderful job of explaining Ancient Roman and Greek cultural contexts without bogging down the reader with facts and figures.
Personally, I enjoyed the book because it is based on one of my favourite passages in the New Testament, Acts 17. The book is fast-paced, full of adventure and definitely unputdownable. The book is fast-paced, full of adventure and definitely unputdownable. If you enjoyed Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series (which I still hope will be turned into a movie someday), then you would definitely enjoy this. This is my first book by Tessa Afshar, so I definitely looking forward to reading more from her.
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Note: I am grateful to Tyndale House for this e-ARC via NetGalley. All views expressed are my own.