Having grabbed only a few possessions, Myrad escapes the city, and searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, he tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is hiding secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable traveler, an epic journey filled with peril, close escapes, and dangerous battles begins.
With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can't forget and the promise that the world will never be the same.
Author Patrick W. Carr excellently describes the account and the significance of the Messiah's coming, death, and resurrection through the eyes of an apprentice magi. It was just amazing to experience the Biblical prophecies of the Messiah as they happened. And, true to Scripture, not everyone got it, in spite of living it.
Myrad was such a survivor. Though born into difficult circumstances, he takes full advantage of the opportunities he is given to make the most of any situation, and thereby his life. He was a great example of learning well, and applying his knowledge appropriately. He was easy to sympathize with, but even better, he was a character that was easy to like and admire.
Carr did a great job of interpreting the geography of the region, the many cultures that were represented, and the political situation of the day, and how that affected Myrad and his companions. If you can read this book at Christmas time, that is great, but the story is epic and can be enjoyed throughout the year. It is also a story that will be enjoyed equally by men and women.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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