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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

book review and giveaway: The Thief

Just when Nissa believes that death would be better than life, her life is spared.  
Will she have the courage to redeem his sacrifice?

Longinus has victory within his grasp, yet why does it feel so worthless?

Nissa doesn't see how it can be any other way.  Unwanted, she knows that she has no hope of marriage.  Her parents have abandoned her blind brother and her to fend for themselves, who will hire a woman?  Abandoned by the God of their fathers, their only way of survival is to depend upon the Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem.

Haunted by the death of his best friend, Longinus is weary of the Jews and their murmurs of revolt.  When offered a wager that he hopes will bring him peace, he accepts and sets out to capture the little thief and the accompanying Greek.  But when Longinus witnesses the miraculous healing of a mysterious Jewish rabbi, he knows that his life will never be the same again.  

As Longinus' and Nissa's paths cross and intertwine, neither of them understand the full weight of glory placed upon their hands.  Just when neither of them believe that there can be any deliverance from the the agony of sin or the haunting fear of death, they witness one of the most historical events in history.  As blood and water trickle down, both sinners witness the power of love and forgiveness... at the foot of a cross.

I love Biblical fiction--it's probably my favorite genre!  The Thief was no exception.  The story was very well written; the character development was excellent, the plot moved quickly, the twists and turns were brilliant.  I loved the parallels, the symbolism, and the way that the characters were so real.  I found myself relating to them: squirming when they faced danger, smiling when they found peace.

One of the things that I really love about Biblical fiction that was executed beautifully in this book, was the fact that when we see a Bible story from someone else's view, it helps us to understand it more fully.  In this book, witnessing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ from the view of a Roman centurion and also a poor Jewish girl, was so moving.  Understanding the full gravity, the significance of the event in their time on a small scale, it was amazing; truly left an impression upon me.

My only negative comments would be the lack of style in the writing.  I found myself not wholly interested in the book at some points when I would go to pick it up to read it, then I would wonder why?  The story was brilliant, why wouldn't I want to keep reading?  Vibrant prose helps to keep one turning pages, and though the story was fantastic, the lack of style kept me from finishing the book sooner.  However, the book was still written with clear concise language that is easy to understand.

All in all, I truly enjoyed this book!  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I give The Thief 4.5 stars.

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Best-selling author Tosca Lee had this to say of the book:

Filled with memorable characters, The Thief is a tale of hopelessness turned to hope, of high stakes made higher, and ultimate love. What happens when a character at the lowest rung of society crosses paths with the most well-known figure in history? The story of The Thief.  I couldn't stop reading.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.