Our family has been studying ancient history this year, so it is with some degree of certainty that I can attest to the large amounts of research that have been poured into this novel. What is even more amazing is Higley's effortless coverage of a broad span of knowledge-worthy topics without lecturing; the education she offers is carefully integrated within the story’s natural flow.
As I read more of Higley’s work, I’m becoming increasingly entranced with her vision of re-imagining the Seven Wonders within a faith-based context. While I will admit to harboring some feelings of ambivalence following In the Shadow of Colossus, City of the Dead has won me over entirely to Higley’s storytelling. She must surely be amongst the most excellent writers of Christian historical fiction today.