I did not know what I was getting into when I picked up this book from the bookstore. It's a very thought provoking story that makes your heart ache and realize exactly how we take for granted the freedom of worship. The story's about Princess Valeria, daughter of Roman Emperor around 250 AD. Valeria's first love is brutally murdered and made a martyr by the man her father is making her marry. Can she find love in an arranged marriage to a man she despises? How can she stand up for her faith in a life full of pagans?
This book is actually based on recorded dates and real people though the gaps are filled in by the authors, events are slightly changed, and things are inferred. It's not a very good book if you are looking specifically to be entertained by romance. I didn't really enjoy that part but I'm use to reading fantasy and fiction where anything is possible. The authors of this book had to go with the events that really happened and were recorded so the framework for the story was already laid out. It's a very melancholy and sad book so if you are looking to cry, like I did, then this is the book for you. Not a light read or appropriate for young teens and kids.