Book Review: Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar

tessa afshar thief of corinth book review

The synopsis on the back of the book:

First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.

  • Genre: Biblical Fiction
  • Published: 8/2018
  • Publisher: Tyndale
  • Pages: 368
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.69
thief of corinth by tessa afshar
How I pray that you will have spiritual strength to comprehend how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you.
— Paul

Why I Chose This Book

When I was asked to be part of the launch team for Tessa Afshar's latest release- of course, I said yes! I love her books! 

First Initial Thoughts

Ariadne is a young 16-year-old girl who lives with her mother and grandfather. She is brought up in an abusive home and is betrothed to a brutal man. She takes the chance to run away with her adopted brother, Theo. She runs away to Corinth to her Father who abanded them years prior. Life is good for them. Her father is well off and they live in a beautiful villa. Ariadne has a very feisty and stubborn personality. I thought of her as being quite immature for her age. To me, I was a little surprised she was 16 because I kept envisioning a 12-year-old. 

Galenos, Ariadne's father is very devoted to his children and making sure they are well taken care of. However, as I read parts of the story that he was in, I felt something was amiss with him. We soon find out he is actually a thief. He steals from the city's wealthy and their ill-gotten gains. While I don't condone stealing I felt there was a good man underneath it all. He just wanted to take care of his family but was lost in how to do that properly. 

Ariadne, she loved her father so much. She really did look up to him in the start -as any daughter does. So she soon becomes his apprentice and starts to learn how to steal. 


Tessa sure knows how to bring the reader in. She definitely does her research about the area and the history is fairly accurate. I learned new bits of history about this particular part of the world during the 1st century. I could definitely vision Corinth and Athens in my mind as I read it. It makes me want to go visit Greece now! 

Popularity can dull the senses like a drug. It can numb the heart. It robs one of truth.

Final Thoughts

What I loved about this book was that Tessa wrote it intending for anyone to read this book. Christian and Non-Christian's alike. It also read very much like a YA novel. I really appreciate it when authors write a book for a wider audience. This gives the chance for just about anyone to enjoy it! 

I also found it interesting to read a book set in Athens and Corinth during the 1st century. I have never read a book set in Athens during this time. All I knew was the Ancient Greek times in Athens so it was intriguing to read a story set in a different time.

I believe any young woman will relate to Ariadne. She grew up in a broken family - like so many do these days. She experiences the repercussions of strained and severed relationships, peer pressure, and financial struggles. I remember when I was a teenager, I thought I knew everything but inside I was screaming. I felt like no one understood me and I starved to have friends and be popular. This really is a great coming of age story. 

I think without Paul Ariadne would have never had the chance to heal from her past. She desperately needed the approval and love from her father. This book really teaches us that God loves us despite what we have done in our past. No matter the sin. With this consumerist society that we have now, we strive to have the biggest house, the latest car, big closets filled with stuff, but inside we are empty. We are lonely and starving for something. And that something is Jesus. 

Would I Recommend? 

Definitely yes! This book would be great for any age group! 


You can purchase the book ---> HERE

If you haven't read Tessa's books this is a great book to start with! Have you read any of her books? If so, which one has been your favorite? 

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was provided a copy of this book to review by the publisher. All opinions are my own.