City on Fire

City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii



“City on Fire”

“City on Fire” is a novel written by Tracy L. Higley and recently republished by Thomas Nelson.

This novel is set in the ancient city of Pompeii in the time leading up to the eruption. It was certainly an interesting read and a fresh perspective on the ancient world, Christianity, gladiators, slaves, and politics of the time. At the end of the book is a fascinating historical note on Mount Vesuvius and a reading group guide.

Ariella, a runaway Jewish slave, becomes a gladiator in the arena.  When she is transferred to Cato, a wealthy politician’s house, he acts oddly around her.

Cato can’t afford to take notice of the new slave in his house as he prepares for the next election.  However, when their lives are thrust together to save their loved ones, will discover more about each other?

Personally, I found this book to be slow-moving and hard to get into.  It has a historically interesting setting, what seem like would be strong characters, and a predictable plot, even though it is outrageously hard to imagine.
I received this book complimentary from Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to provide a positive review.

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