Review of 'Guardian of the Flame' by Tracy Higley

Monday, March 31, 2014

Guardian of the FlameGuardian of the Flame by T.L. Higley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Suggested Age: 17+
Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction

Two words sum up this book. Awesome-Sauce! Never thought you’d read that word in a book review, did ya?

I admire Tracy, so much. She’s so intelligent and has a real gift and talent for capturing ancient history. I learn so much about historical facts—she really knows her stuff! Fictional characters are beautiful interwoven into a tapestry or real-life historical figures.

This book has it all, romance, adventure, suspense and a message of God’s love for us.

The year is 48BC in Alexandria, Egypt. Sophia is keeper of the great lighthouse. While her young friend, the young and newly reigning, Cleopatra, is determined to gain the interest of Julius Caesar; Sophia is determined to never love again.

That vow may be harder than she anticipated. When Bellus and his soldiers are ordered to secure the harbor and take up residence in her Lighthouse—Sophia hardens her heart against the promise of love. See, Sophia can’t even love herself and she sure can’t imagine anyone else loving her.

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This book deals with a lot of immorality of the day, the worship of multiple deities and also introduces Sophia of the One God of Israel. At this point we’re seeing the events leading up to the coming Christ child and we get an idea of the political situation of the day.

I think for me, I can relate to Sophia. I have felt unlovable in my life. I don’t understand how God could ever choose to love me. All I can do is choose to let him do so.

This book is beautifully written. The characters are likeable and realistic. The setting and the scenery is so intricately detailed that you’ll feel as if you’re there. Beautiful imagery and emotionally engaging, this was definitely a five-star book.
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Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows.

Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at

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