Friday, August 6, 2010

Because I have nothing to say . . .

and because I need an ego boost, I’m going to share some of the exciting endorsements I’ve already received for THE MASTER’S WALL.

It’s a grand thing to find an intriguing story told by a talented storyteller, and that’s just what we have in The Master’s Wall by Sandi Rog. This story has it all: ancient Rome, authentically depicted; a hero worth rooting for and a feisty, charming heroine—all flowing through a rousting tale beautifully spun. Rog—and every reader—has a winner with this one.

—Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of Comes a Horseman, Germ, and the Dreamhouse Kings series

"The Master's Wall" is a meticulously researched story that grips you tighter and tighter with every page you turn. Sandi Rog has a knack for engaging, nail-biting narrative--I'm glad to see this is the first in a series, because I definitely want to read more from her.

-Alison Strobel, author of "The Weight of Shadows" and "Reinventing Rachel"


Powerful, faith-challenging, epic in nature, The Master’s Wallbeckons readers to ancient Rome where Sandi Rog delivers a captivating story that transforms lives––and not only those of her characters. Highly recommended!
--Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Within My Heart (Bethany House Publishers) and The Inheritance (Women of Faith Fiction,Thomas Nelson)


“He fights for his freedom. She fights for her life. Together they fight for each other.”

Can I just say “Wow!”? Or maybe “Stunning!”? I love stories set in the first century, and The Master's Wall ranks as one of the best I've read to date. The characters are exactly what a reader wants—full of spirit, full of fire, full of temper that leads them into trouble . . . and faith that helps them through it. The setting is so richly portrayed that you'll feel like you've donned a toga and are wandering through the villa.

Sandi Rog uses these gripping characters and stunning setting to execute a plot that will keep you guessing and dreaming and yearning along with Alethea and David. The Master's Wall is so enthralling that it even haunted my dreams when I put it down halfway through—and you can bet I finished it the next day!

There's so much I loved about it—the brutal reality of slavery depicted. The sweet hope of a girl whose innocence has been marred by tragedy. The enduring faith of a boy who determines to spread the Gospel, even in captivity. And when the depravity of man butts against the perfect will of God, you can bet there's going to be a lot of conflict to keep those pages turning!

For lovers of Biblical and first century fiction, you will not want to miss this one! And for those unfamiliar with the genre but interested in history, pick up The Master's Wall for a trip to Ancient Rome that will make it feel like home. This is one I'm going to be recommending to everyone I know.

---Roseanna M. White, author of A Stray Drop of Blood


The Master’s Wall escapes easy definition. It’s a historical novel—but set in 1st century Rome, not in 19th century America. It’s not a romance—but the hero and heroine marry by the end of the book. It’s not a YA novel—but the protagonists are in their teens.

David is but a boy when he sees his parents dragged away by Roman soldiers and he himself is sold as a slave into the household of Aloysius. Alethea is the master’s granddaughter—but since her grandfather had her father dragged away for his Christian beliefs, she feels insecure and unloved.

David trains as a gladiator and yearns for the day he can be free once again—to discover what happened to his little sister. Alethea reminds him of his sister in many ways. When the opportunity for freedom presents itself over The Master’s Wall, he instead chooses to stay and protect the young girl.

Given her detailed description of David’s training, Rog sounds like she went to gladiator school herself. Ancient Rome comes to life in her skillful hands. She intertwines faith, perseverance, love, and hope in a moving love story.

If you love gladiator scenes—you’ll love this book. If you enjoy coming-of-age stories, you’ll enjoy Alethea’s journey from girlhood to adult. If you thrive on romances, the sweet love story will grasp your heart. A must read for all the right reasons.

~Darlene Franklin, multi-published author of A String of Murders.


Filled with fascinating details of life in first century Rome, The Master’s Wall is a story that will linger in readers’ memories.
---Amanda Cabot, author of Scattered Petals


Sandi Rog's landmark book, The Master’s Wall, Book One in the IRON AND THE STONE series, is a sweeping tale of pain and healing, forgiveness and redemption, and, most importantly, love. With every word, every phrase, Rog weaves a tale so compelling that readers will not be able to put it down. When they do so, it will be with tears borne of appreciation for a truly inspirational read.
Jane Choate, multi-published author of over 28 books. Her 2010 release is Bride Price, an Avalon romance.


Sandi skillfully transported me back to the harsh world of Roman rule with this engaging story about David and Alethea that moves at breakneck speed. I also learned a great deal about the courage of the "early adopters" of Christianity.
Mike Yorkey, co-author of The Swiss Courier and the Every Man's Battle series


Awesome! Sandi Rog grabbed me from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the last page. But I wanted more. I wanted to again run barefoot through the villa, climb the master's stone wall, look out over the lush vineyards, and escape to ancient Rome in the distance. So . . . I read The Master's Wall again.
Wendy Chorot, Words To Life Editing


I laughed, I cried, I worried, and I forgave as I read to the end of this wonderful story. I am impatient waiting for the next book.
AJ Hawke, author


  1. Your book sounds fantastic and I love the cover. When does it release?

  2. Thanks, Julia! It'll release November 1st. Feels like a LONG wait. :-)