Whether We Live or Die (A Torch in the Empire Series Book Three)


written by Savannah Jane McCrary
illustrated by the McCrary family

It’s A. D. 67. A year has passed since brother and sister Jesse and Abigail were sold as slaves in Rome. Both long to be reunited and return home to Jerusalem.

Abigail, still working in the patrician Aurelius’ house, tries to honor Christ even though she knows it’s only a matter of time until her master finds out she is a Christian and she faces the consequence–death in the arena.

Haunted by guilt for the lives he took as a gladiator and for how he failed to keep his promise to his dead father that he would care for his sister, Jesse is determined to rescue Abigail. He manages to escape the gladiator school, bringing his newfound friend Lucas with him, but a multitude of obstacles still stand in the way of him saving his sister. And even if he succeeds in rescuing her, the Jewish Revolt rages in Judea, and Jesse fears they’ll be unable to return to their beloved home.

As for Lucas Aurelius, his newfound Christian faith has given him hope through the trials he’s endured so far, but his difficulties are far from over.

The third book in A Torch in the Empire Series, Whether We Live or Die, is a story of hope in the midst of suffering, courage in the face of death, and sacrificial love during a time of great darkness. Weaving fictional characters together with real historical persons and events, this series takes you back to the turbulent first-century Roman Empire when the early church faced the worst of persecutions under Emperor Nero.

292 pages
5×8 trim size

Stories of adventure, hope, truth, beauty, and light.

I’m passionate about shining the light of Jesus through stories. I write in a variety of genres but my favorite thing to write is accurate historical fiction infused with adventure, beauty, and the hope of the kingdom of heaven. I was homeschooled all the way through, and fond memories of my mother reading aloud to my siblings and me inspired me to write stories that families can enjoy together!

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