A Biblical Fiction Read You'll Love: Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Biblical fiction can be an interesting genre. I’ve read Biblical fiction that I loved because it stayed true to the actual Biblical account of events. And I’ve read Biblical fiction that I just didn’t like because the author totally changed events or people from the Biblical account.

Connilyn Cossette’s book series have definitely been the first. Connilyn’s first series was Out of Egypt. This series followed the Israelites as they left Egypt after the plagues and traveled to the Promised Land. (You can see my review for the final book in the series here.)

Her second series- Cities of Refuge- are about events that are happening to the Israelites in the Promised Land, and they specifically involve characters who are going to or who live in the designated cities of refuge. (You can see my review of the first book in this series here.)

I’ve now had the opportunity to read the next book in the Cities of Refuge series- Shelter of the Most High.

Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way. 

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About the Book

(Description from Amazon) The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.

Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.

As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?

My Thoughts

Once again, Connilyn has created amazing, beautiful Biblical fiction. Her characters are well-developed and compelling. (I was so excited to get more of Eitan’s story, as we met him in the first book of the series!) And the story is never predictable. Occasionally books in a series will begin to sound the same, but these definitely don’t. Each story is interesting and unique.
Most importantly to me, although Connilyn creates new characters and a new story, places and events mentioned in Scripture are kept accurate and intact. She does a great job using what we know about the land of Canaan and the cities of refuge from Scripture, keeping true to that, and creating a story around that information without altering what’s in Scripture. That, in my opinion, is what makes a great Biblical fiction read.

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