Reviewed by Amy Anderson
By L.A. Racines
Xulon Press, 2015 Softcover,
358 pages (including glossary and maps), $19.49
HUMAN MIGRATION is a hot topic right now. The international response to the Syrian refugee crisis has raised all kinds of questions, both in the Church and outside of it: with so many people driven from their homes and countries, where will they all go? Do those who are safe and secure have an obligation to help, even to share their own land and resources? And what happens when the needs of the displaced conflict with those of the settled residents into whose territory they flee?
L.A. Racines’ historical novel, A Shield in the Shadows, is a timely reminder that these questions are nothing new. Set in the 5th century BCE, the story revolves around Marius, a Roman officer, and Theona, a Gothic Christian whose village is destroyed by marauding Huns. As Marius and his troops prepare