Shelter of the Most High: Cities of Refuge Book #2
By Connilyn Cossette
The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.
Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.
As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?
Multi-award winning author Connilyn Cossette has done it again. I love her writing. It’s absolutely fabulous, as is this story. I read this story as a standalone, although it is #2 in a series. I highly recommend reading it in a series, and all her other series’ are fabulous as well.
In the realm of biblical fiction, it’s awesome to see new and unique stories being developed around new characters. I loved the authenticity of the setting, the culture, the characters. I loved Sofia. Such a beautiful character, full of fire and spirit. She endures so much hurt and so much pain. For her to find healing and strength and love,, such a beautifully written journey.
When you read the author’s notes, you’ll notice her discuss the difficulty in researching the land where Sofia is from. I thought it was fascinating, how she brought to life characters, and a culture, that we know so little about. This is one of the things I adore most about her writing. Bringing biblical culture, and ancient history to life through realistic characters and thought provoking stories while incorporating timeless themes that we can still apply to our lives. I highly recommend this and all of her series.
You can find my book review for Counted with the Stars here.