“An Echo in the Darkness,” book 2 in the Mark of the Lion series, continues the story of Hadassah, a Jewish young woman bought as a household slave by a rich Roman family, the Valerians, and eventually sent to the lions. Hadassah has survived the lion attack on the arena. Treated by Alexander, a young physician, she is left with a limp and a scarred face that she hides behind a veil.
Hadassah helps Alexander to tend his patients, most of them poor. Being a Christian, she prays for
them and speaks to them of things spiritual, nursing the soul as well as the body.
Her treatment seems to be under a special blessing: many patients recover, and Hadassah gains the reputation of a healer.
When the wealthy learn Hadassah’s gift of healing, she begins to be summoned to the homes of the rich, and it is only a matter of time before she is called to the house of the Valerians, her former masters.
The sick person who needs help is Phoebe, the mother of Hadassah’s former ...