So Shines The Night by Tracy L. Higley ~ Book Review

So Shines the Night is a twisting-turning murder mystery interlaced with two love stories; one of a woman and a man and another of a God and His people. Our heroine, Daria, seems to be chased throughout the story by spiritual forces of evil. While fleeing from sorcerers, Daria bumps into a merchant named Lucas on the docks of Rhodes. He immediately rescues her and later asks Daria, who is fluent in many languages, to accompany him to Ephesus as his tutor. Upon arrival in Ephesus, reports of another murder ripple through the city. When Lucas puts off his lessons to pursue mysterious business in the city, Daria follows. In doing so, she discovers his secretive meetings with both sorcerers and Christians.

While Ephesus houses the great temple of Artemis a group of sorcerers are gaining power. Followers of The Way, led by the Apostle Paul, are drawing many away from the worship of the goddess angering the silversmiths who sell silver shrines of Artemis for their livelihood. Combined with the series of murders the city teeters dangerously on the brink of an uprising.

When Lucas is arrested for the murders, Daria turns to Paul for help. Can Paul’s God save him? Can Daria overcome the smothering darkness that always seems to nip at her heals? Will Lucas escape the web of deceit that he has found himself in and cling to the One God who can deliver justice? You’ll have to read to find out!


If this book were a movie you would be on the edge of your seat! I was instantly engrossed in the characters and the storyline. Once the author introduced the Apostle Paul and his helper Timothy into the story I just couldn’t stop reading. Tracy Higley ingeniously weaves the events of Acts 19:23-Acts 20:1 into this fictional storyline. Titillating her readers with rich imagery, historical tidbits, and intriguing characters. While there is much written about the power and practices of the sorcerers in the story, which could be unsettling to some, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it. I give this book 5 stars for it’s entertaining storyline and message of God’s power over darkness.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

Biblical truths shared in the book:

  • God works through us (Phil 2:13, Rom 6:13)
  • God will avenge (Rom 12:19)
  • We fight a spiritual battle (Eph 6:12)
  • We are saved through faith (Eph 2:8)
  • The power of the Holy Spirit
  • God protects
  • and many more

About the Author:

Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. After attending Philadelphia Biblical University, she earned a B.A. in English Literature at Rowan University. A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece and other myth systems, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past. 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.

Distinguish fact from fiction by visiting her blog.


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