Review: Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley

November 2, 2012

I recently had the chance to read Isle of Shadows, by Tracy L. Higley. This fiction book will be released November 13, 2012 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Raised as a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men, Tessa of Delos serves at the whim of her current patron, the politician Glaucus. After ten years with him, Tessa has abandoned all desire for freedom or love, choosing instead to lock her heart away. But when Glaucus meets a violent death in his own home, Tessa grasps at a fragile hope. Only she knows of his death. If she can keep it a secret long enough, she can escape. Tessa throws herself on the mercy of the Greek god Helios, but finds instead unlikely allies in Nikos, a Greek slave, and Simeon, Glaucus’s Jewish head servant. As Simeon introduces her to a God unlike any she has ever known and Nikos begins to stir feelings she had thought long dead, Tessa fights to keep her heart protected. As an assassination plot comes to light, Tessa must battle for her own freedom—and for those to whom she has begun to open her heart—as forces collide that shatter the island’s peace.

Final Verdict:

Isle of Shadows was previously released under the title Shadow of Colossus. Although I haven’t had the chance to read the original novel, the author assures readers that this book has been edited – and improved – extensively. The original novel was the first in a seven-book series centering on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

I love historical fiction, and this book does not disappoint. The characters and plot are nice, and great for a light read, but the setting is fantastic! I loved learning about Rhodes in 227 B.C. and about the Colossus of Rhodes, the giant statue that overshadows the island. It’s obvious the author has done her research. I enjoyed this book enough to seek out Higley’s other books in the Seven Wonders series.

Interesting note: this book’s genre is what would generally be called Christian Fiction. However, as my husband pointed out, it would be more accurate to call it Jewish Fiction as it takes place in 227 B.C. Something to think about.

If you’d like to check out Isle of Shadows it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $12.99) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $10.39. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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