Review: Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar

August 27, 2018

Title: Thief of Corinth
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-1-4964-2866-0
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018

About the Book:
First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.

My Thoughts:
Tessa Afshar is such a poetic writer. Her stories have such an amazing flow and just draw you in and make you apart. All of her books have been stories based during Biblical times. Thief of Corinth is one that is set ancient Greece and weaves in what was going on Bionically at the time.

It is one of the hardest things to do, for me, is to mesh the timelines together. I think of this area over here and this line over here...when it is brought together, it's a wow moment for me. And Tessa Afshar was able to weave these lines together.

Right off the bat, I was hooked into Ariadne's story. We start off in the present of her life and then we go back and follow her on her journey and how she got to where she is at.

Ariadne is a girl who has had a rough start to life. She was taken from her dad to live with her mom and Grandpa. Life there was harsh and brutal upbringing. She is a girl who isn't afraid to speak her mind, and doing so, has gotten her in precarious circumstances.

In her life, she has her older brother and her foster brother Theo. They are her constant companions, or always in her thoughts. Her father has been her guide for her, even from her distance. He left an impression on her. When she is finally able to live with him again, she blossoms with the freedom he lets her have.

This story had so much adventure and action. It was a story that started off strong and kept the pace. Thief of Corinth was a hard book to put down.

On release day, the copy I had ordered on Audible downloaded. The performances and reading of the book was fantastic! The narrator really captured the story in the reading.

This was an amazing story!

5 out of 5

About the Author:
Tessa Afshar is the award-winning author of Bread of AngelsLand of Silence, and several other historical novels. Land of Silence won an Inspy Award in the general fiction category and was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious Christy Award in the historical romance category, and Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Christian Book Award for fiction. In 2011, after publishing her first novel, Pearl in the Sand, Tessa was named New Author of the Year by the FamilyFiction-sponsored Reader's Choice Awards. 

Tessa was born in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship. She serves part-time on the staff of one of the oldest churches in America. But that has not cured her from being exceptionally fond of chocolate. 

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Thank you to the author, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange of an honest review.


  1. I haven't read anything from this author before, but this sounds awesome.

    1. Deanna, Tessa Afshar is an author who I highly recommend! She has such an amazing talent for writing. Her stories are beautiful! This one was a fantastic adventure.


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