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“Amora is a work of historical and Christian fiction set in the backdrop of 2nd century Rome. The central characters, Amora and Leo, are a married Roman couple leading lives of privilege, excess, and devotion to pagan rituals. Despite their conformity to the prevailing societal norms and beliefs, they harbour an underlying unease. Their family includes two children, Natalie and Esteban, who confront the harsh realities of tragedy and loss.

As the narrative unfolds, the paths of Amora and Leo begin to diverge. Leo succumbs to the allure of politics and self-indulgence, whereas Amora channels her energies into nurturing Esteban and extending her support to marginalized children. This dichotomy symbolizes the clash between the Christian virtues of love and forgiveness and the inherent cruelty and animosity of the Roman Empire.
Amora ultimately chooses the path of Christianity, embracing its tenets of love and forgiveness. In contrast, Leo succumbs to corruption, spiralling deeper into his anger and resentment. This downward spiral culminates in the arrest and condemnation of Amora and her fellow Christians. Tragedy befalls Leo and those in his orbit as a consequence of his actions.

The novel delves into themes of love, betrayal, absolution, and equity. The author adeptly interweaves a narrative of fate and redemption, constructing multi-dimensional characters whose journeys resonate with readers on an emotional level. The portrayal of early Christians enduring persecution while upholding their unwavering faith is both poignant and motivational.

Amora transcends its historical setting to draw parallels with contemporary times. While it unfolds in ancient Rome, it mirrors the trials and tribulations of our present-day existence. Grant J. Hallstrom has skillfully crafted a narrative that not only captivates but also serves as a testament to the potency of redemption.”

4 out of 5 stars
by Keshav Mishra

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