Once again Connilyn Cossette has blown me away with her masterful storytelling abilities. Her ability to take Biblical happenings and create believable and compelling fictional stories to complement them is amazing and captivating. With evident deep historical research, Like Flames in the Night is filled with rich descriptive detail, colorful and engaging characters, and nonstop hair-raising action and suspense.
This fourth, and last, book in the Cities of Refuge series features Tirzah who is the youngest daughter of Moriyah and Darek from book 1 of the series. Tirzah is independent, courageous, and confident. Moreover, she possesses serious physical skills which will serve her well as she attempts to infiltrate the city held by the enemy and uncover critical information for her people to retake the city. Liyam is brave, intent, and charged with rescuing Tirzah when things go wrong. I loved the interaction between Tirzah and Liyam and seeing their relationship grow and develop. The strong cast of secondary characters added a great deal to my enjoyment of the story. It was fun seeing some of the characters from previous books return in this one.
With a perfect balance of heart-pounding suspense, intrigue, history, and a side of romance, this book has a little of everything. Although this is inherently a faith-filled story, Cossette skillfully incorporates faith in God, the importance of family, and the power of forgiveness into the tale to add depth and dimension to it. I’m adding this book to my keeper shelf with the others from this series. It will definitely be on my list of favorite books of the year.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette is the fourth and, sadly, the final story in the Cities of Refuge series. I have loved every story in this wonderful series. I love how Connilyn has taken something we know very little about from the Bible and created such an interesting world that I did not want to leave.
There are so many things I love about this story, well, this entire series, but I’m going to focus on the two things that make this series a must read. The characters and the writing style. I love all of these characters. I loved their stories and their relationships with each other so much so that I wish this series would keep going. Liyam and Tirzah are the perfect addition to this cast of characters! I also love Connilyn’s writing style. You become so immersed in the story and she has a way of making you picture everything so clearly.
This is my all time favorite Biblical fiction series. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Cossette brings us next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
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?
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