08 March 2012

Marian Baay Reviews The Master's Wall by Sandi Rog

The Master's Wall 
by Sandi Rog
(DeWard Publishing, 2010)

Reviewed by Marian Baay
4 stars ****

Sandi Rog writes an interesting and original story set in the first century. The two main characters are energetic young people who become close friends – one the master’s granddaughter, the other the master’s slave.

 Young David was sold as a slave at the age of 10. He’s the son of Hebrews who believed in Yahshua and because of their faith they were killed. In the first century Christians were awfully persecuted. David kept the faith of his parents and starts telling other slaves about his God and a church was planted between the master’s wall.

On David’s first day at the master’s villa he meets the master’s granddaughter. Alethea is 7 years old and just saw her father get killed by the hand of her grandfather, because her father was a Christian.

Alethea is a feisty little girl. She reminds David of his little sister. He decides then that he will protect her. A sweet friendships grows in the years that follow. They love to escape in the woods and have a secret place on top of the master’s wall.

David lives a hard life. He is trained to be a juggler and warrior. He learns that his master is a hard man. He gets undeserved whippings, because of the lies of the master’s family members. There are several opportunities for David to escape, but Alethea is the reason that he never runs away. She needs him to protect her from her selfish family.

At the age of 11 Alethea was betrothed to a man she didn’t love and didn’t desire to marry. She wants to marry David, but a marriage between a master’s granddaughter and a slave is impossible. She prays to David’s God for a way to marry David.
Is there a way then? Will God answer such a prayer?

The Master’s Wall is full of action and has plenty of twists and turns. I also learned a lot of historical facts. I didn’t like so much to read about the whippings and beatings, but those things really happened back then. It only added to the reliability. The more I read of this story the more I liked it. I’m looking forward to read more of Sandi’s books!

Bibliotherapy: death of parents, graphic whippings and beatings.

The Master's Wall is available through Amazon and other book stores.

GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.  Drawing will be late Saturday.  Your choice of Sandi’s books, choice of format.


  1. Thanks for the review. It seems to be a very interesting book. Sometimes I love to read historic books.
    Love to enter this drawing. So my emailadres is stitchie79@hotmail.com
    Marian, thanks a lot and maybe till next time. God bless you,

  2. Nice review, Marian! Sandi is a very versatile author, for this book is so different than Walks Alone. Sounds really interesting!

  3. Sounds interesting! I haven't read anything by Sandy, so would love to read this book or another one of hers. I really enjoy biblical fiction and just finished A Stray Drop of Blood, which I thought was quite good. Thanks for having this giveaway! :)

  4. Erika, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my review. You're entered in the drawing!

  5. I enjoyed the review. Sandy is not an author I have read before, but I will definitely look for her work in the future.
    Thanks for hosting the interview and giveaway.

  6. Diana, I can't wait to read Walks Alone. It surely sounds a lot different than The Master's Wall, so that makes me very curious!

  7. Christina, you're entered in the drawing!
    I haven't read A Stray Drop of Blood yet, but I hope to find the time to read it someday.

  8. Shirley, I hope you will enjoy Sandi's books. Maybe you'll win one this week!

  9. Thanks for the intriguing review Marian. Sandi is an excellent author. :) Guess I have another one to add to my TBR stack!

  10. Thank you Teresa! Did you read Walks Alone?

  11. Thanks for the review, Marian! Sounds like an intersting book :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  12. Marian, Thanks for the review! We are so glad to have you on board as a contributor!!!

  13. Marian - thanks for the review. The book sounds interesting. I enjoy Biblical fiction and learn something with every new book. Thanks for the give away.
    smoore at tcq dot net

  14. Wonderful review, Marian. Makes me want to read this even more -- I love a book full of historical detail!!


  15. MARIAN thank you so much for your review! What a nice surprise! I have to say, I’m totally impressed that you can do this when English isn’t your mother tongue. I don’t think I could ever do this in Dutch. It would look like a four-year-old wrote it. LOL

    ERIKA so glad you could swing by! I hope you enjoy my stories.

    DIANA, yes, The Master’s Wall is different than Walks Alone because they’re both different genres. Walks Alone is Historical Romance, while The Master’s Wall is just plain Historical. I have to say though, I have romance in all my novels. I love a good love story. Can’t write without it. :-)

    CHRISTINA, I’ve read A Stray Drop of Blood, and I really enjoyed it! If you liked that kind of book, I think you’ll like The Master’s Wall.

    Hi, SHIRLEY! I hope you can read one of my books someday. I hope you enjoy them.

    TERESA and SHARON I’d say The Master’s Wall (the first book in my Iron and the Stone series) is most similar to Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series.

    Hi, FAYE and KATIE. So glad you came by! I want to say, I hope you win, but I can’t say that to everyone, lol!

  16. Thank you FAYE! I hope you'll enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it.

  17. CARRIE, I hope SANDI can translate this in English. We say 'de aanhouder wint' in Dutch. Don't know if there's a term for that in English. It means that when you continue asking someone you will win in the end. LOL

  18. SHARON, I'm sure you will learn new things when you are reading this book.

  19. KATIE, thank you! I hope you'll enjoy this book when you get the chance to read it.

  20. SANDI, thanks for the compliment! It takes some time to write a review and I always hesitate before I submit it. I'm never sure if I used the right words.
    Yes, I read English books and understand (almost) everything I read, but to make up the right words is something else.

  21. MARIAN, I know exactly where you're coming from. That's why I wouldn't dare write a review in Dutch, lol!

    Oh, and "de aanhouder wint" ik geloof betekent "the one who perseveres wins."



  22. Thanks SANDI!! :))

    CARRIE you perservered and won... LOL

  23. HI Sandi

    Would LOVE to read your novels...thanks for the opportunity :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  24. I hope you get a chance to read them, Karenk!

  25. Thank you so much for the contest!! I would love to win one of your books!! I have not read any of them and would love to start!! Thanks once again!! frederickmolly@yahoo.com

  26. Molly, bless you for coming by. Naomi Rawlings was the winner selected by Random.org. We usually do the drawings on Sunday each week.


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