THE LIGHT BEARER is
a time-capsule journey into a world of richly embroidered adventure.
In the fourth year of the reign of the Emperor
Nero, a ragged-but-literate slave boy, Endymion, dared to add his
own pleas for justice to the words of the great philosopher Seneca,
that he was supposed to be copying verbatim for a cruel master.
When this happened, the master of the scriptorium had the boy soundly
beaten, then sold to a ropemaker. Anecdotes such as this abound
in Donna Gillespie's book, THE LIGHT BEARER, set in 50 A.D. and
beyond, in the territory bounded by the North Sea and the rivers
Elbe, Danube and Rhine.
Richly flavored with historical references, the
story is packaged readably, and the plot, action, and painstakingly
developed characterizations make it a treasure--even for those who
don't put historical tomes high on their reading list.
Gillespie's greatest gift is the way she
crafts descriptive passages--phrases never sit static on the pages.
These words are fluid grace points that translate instantly into
living, active images in the reader's imagination.