Palace of Darkness by Tracy Higley is an exceptional read on many levels. It is an historical Christian fiction novel set in Petra about 100 years after Christ. This is where Higley excels! She travels to the sites of her novels to research them thoroughly that she can make history real to her reader. I loved that one of her characters had met Paul before his death and was reading a letter Paul had written to the people of the church in Petra. That would have happened! In fact, it’s how so many of Paul’s letters eventually ended up in our modern day Bibles. It was fun to get a glimpse of the process as it could have been.
Higley also has a gift for the concept of “show, don’t tell.” I’ve read two self-help/Bible study-type books on one of the issues one of her characters struggles with. Though both were good, I felt they only defined the issue. I didn’t see resolution anywhere. Higley provided resolution as her character struggled to find it in her life, as she grew closer to Christ and learned how His sacrifice could impact her personally–and practically, too. Though a historical novel, Palace of Darkness is full of life application lessons for today, shown through the medium of a captivating story.
Palace of Darkness started slowly then drew me in–something I’ve come to expect and enjoy from this author. I recommend this book to everyone! Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.