Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tessa Afshar: Thief of Corinth

By Kelly Bridgewater

First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption―the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future―and very lives―hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

I have not read a lot of Biblical Fiction. It isn't my first choice of genre to reach for. I have read a book by Mesu Andrews and Connilyn Cossette and have mixed feelings about the writing. But the Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar's cover looked amazing.  Then I read the synopsis and figured it might be something  I would enjoy reading. I'm glad that I did. With the Thief of Corinth, I finished the entire novel in one day.

Her writing is amazing. I have a deep respect for writers of Biblical fiction because they have to bring the world of the Biblical world to life without overwhelming their readers. They have to be careful with every little aspect. From what they wear to what they would talk like to what the customs of the day was. They have to include just enough to make the setting realistic for the story, but they can't overwhelm the reader with too much information about the Biblical time.

The plot in this story is something I haven't seen. It was interesting, and I had a hard time putting the novel down. I have heard of Corinth because of Paul's two famous letters to the Corinth church. First and Second Corinthians. I was spellbound by the characters and the troubles in their daily lives. Paul, the apostle, made an appearance and shared about God to the family. He helped them see the need for God.

The character of Ariadne was brave and heroic. She did what was not expected of her station in life, but she chose how to make her life. When her life started out pretty rough, she jumped ship literally and moved to Corinth in search of a better life. Dangers followed. The only issue I had with the plot was expecting Ariadne's mother and grandfather to follow sometime in the novel and find them. Not just allow them to go so easily.

Even though the story is about some characters from the Bible, I don't think Afshar made it preachy. She did a fabulous job at telling a story to show the need and desire for God's love.

Overall, Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar is a captivating novel filled with solid research to create an interesting story to show the aspects of living with the Bible characters I read about. I really enjoyed this novel. I think fans of Connilyn Cossette and Mesu Andrews should pick up this book.

I received a complimentary copy of Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About the Author:

Tessa Afshar
From Amazon
 Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel Land of Silence was voted by Library Journal as one of top five Christian fiction titles of 2016 and won the INSPY Award for General Fiction. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her book Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. In 2011, after publishing her first novel, Pearl in the Sand, Tessa was named New Author of the Year in the FamilyFiction-sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards. Tessa lived in the Middle East for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States. She holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship. But that has not cured her from being exceptionally fond of chocolate. Contact Tessa at or on Facebook at: 
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