Publisher: Tuscany Press, LLC | Published: March 17, 2015 | Format: eBook (392 pages), Paperback (392 pages), and Hardcover (392 pages) | ASIN: B00TKHQ15C, ISBN: 9781936855315, and 9781936855308 | Origin: NetGalley
Inside Jeanne Lyet Gassman’s Blood of a Stone, we are transported back to the first century into the dusty lands within the Roman Empire!
Immediately, we meet a lad named Demetrios who has no mother but does have an abusive father. Lured away from his home, this father sells his son into Roman slavery. This master hates him and his infirmity, but it’s Demetrios’ impetuous behavior that triggers an assault that nearly kills him. While we watch, Demetrios’ kills the Roman and flees with another slave to escape the punishment that will befall them. As they try to survive and make it to freedom, we are turning the pages to discover a life we’ve never lived in a time we know much about.
***This opinion is my own.***
Blood of a Stone by Jeanne Lyet Gassman leads a Gentile and a Jewish male into a changing world from where religion had ranged from pagan gods, sorcerers, and the Jewish God to now include a new Messiah called Jesus of Nazareth.
To get to the land further from the Roman reach, Demetrios and fellow slave, Elazar, have traveled long and found good fortune along with unfortunate situations. However, these two men endure and come to build a new life with a new successful business, and the many scars from the past have begun to heal. Elazar’s advanced age merges into a desire to reconnect to his Jewish heritage and begins to create friction.
At the outset, Elazar had taken care of this young man, but these men share a damaged past that includes a trail of blood. Can either man really be free of the past or each other?
The pair’s relationship goes into a downward spiral, as Elazar wants to follow his Messiah. Jesus of Nazareth has cleansed the elder follower of his shared sin, leaving the man’s confession to infuriate Demetrios. Elazar betrayed his trust. Didn’t Elazar promise to never speak of this sin again? Does Elazar not realize the punishment if Jesus of Nazareth tells the Roman’s they killed one of theirs?
His mind works up what must be done, and a sorceress only confirms it.
Demetrios must kill Jesus of Nazareth to save himself and Elazar from their Roman punishment for the death of a Roman, crucifixion.