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Isle of Shadows
     

Isle of Shadows

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by T. L. Higley
 

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Revised and updated from the original, Christy-award finalist Shadow of Colossus.

Enslaved in a World of Money and Power, Tessa Dares to be Free.

Raised as 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

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Revised and updated from the original, Christy-award finalist Shadow of Colossus.

Enslaved in a World of Money and Power, Tessa Dares to be Free.

Raised as 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.

“. . . Readers will find much to enjoy here: fine writing, suspense, mystery, faith, love, and a new look at an old story.” —Publishers Weekly (for Garden of Madness)

Editorial Reviews

RelzReviewz.com Rel Mollet
“Fast-paced adventure, fascinating characters and insights into the culture, politics and people of this ancient world make this book a unique and unmissable read.”
CurledUpWithAGoodBook.com
“Higley’s talent as a storyteller is obvious as she weaves the threads of Tessa’s salvation into a story that both inspires and entertains.”
TheSuspenseZone.com Jill Hart
“This is such a unique historical novel that it really sets itself apart from all others. Higley’s portrait of day-to-day life in the ancient world drew me in and her strong heroine kept me reading.”
TitleTrakk.com Jennifer Bogart
“Blending suspense, romance, political intrigue, and a healthy dose of drama, Higley brings the struggles, class differences, and pagan culture of ancient Greece to vivid life. . . . Strong characterization combined with rich historical detail have won this book a home on my shelves of keepers.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401687441
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Isle of Shadows 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JeneK More than 1 year ago
Sold into slavery, bound to be used, Tessa, the most sought after hetaera in Rhodes, only seeks her freedom. Her search brings her more than she ever imagined and introduces her to some new friends. But beneath them all, the island holds a fierce surprise and is determined to change all their lives. Isle of Shadows will take you on an unexpected journey to ancient Greece. The characters are so believable, and the time and place so well written that the reader feels as though they are apart of the lives and story before them. I am a fan of T.L. Higley and recommend her novels to all my friends and family. She writes wonderful Christian fiction. She captivates the imagination and touches the heart as she weaves the hope of redemption into the lives of her characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story about a time in history that I don't know much about but find fascinating. It was hard to put this down so definitely a good thing I read it on a recent staycation :)
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tracy L. Higley in her new book "Isle of Shadows" a Book in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Tessa of Delos. From the back cover: Enslaved in a World of Money and Power, Tessa Dares to be Free. Raised as 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. The island of Rhodes, 227 BC. These hardy Greeks really did build a statue to their god, Helios we call The Colossus of Rhodes. It stood 110 feet high and overlooked the harbor. All the activity on the island seems to be done in the shadow of the bronze marvel. Tessa of Delos is a very interesting character. She has been the property of a rich politician for ten years. She is a courtesan being used as a slave for sex. She has realized that she will never be free and is contemplating suicide. However all kinds of events transpire that give her hope that she now has a chance for her longed for freedom. However there is the issue of murder that has to be dealt with, a romance with someone who may be another slave and the Jewish servant who points the way to the real God. "Isle of Shadows" is great fun. It is history, a thriller, adventure and a romance all rolled up in an extremely entertaining ball. Ms. Higley knows how to write characters that come alive off the page. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. "Isle of Shadows" is a very exciting story and I am looking forward to more from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson. 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."
esosweet More than 1 year ago
Isle of Shadows takes place on the Greek isle of Rhodes in the years between the New and Old Testament.  The leadership of Rhodes is  at a crossroads of sorts as some of its leadership is working towards change. Caught in the middle is the beautiful Tessa. Tessa works in the service of one of the city's ten leaders, Glaucus, and must work to make sure that his mission is accomplished. When Glaucus dies Tessa must decide how to carry on her work. Will she tell the world that Glaucus is dead and let her employment go the highest bidder? Will she try to cover up what happened and keep the other leaders guessing?  This story was fantastic. It was fast paced and energetic. Higley's writing really made the city come alive. The sights, the sounds, the smells and the tension were all a vital part of the story. The writing of the book was tight and interesting. I love reading books that are both entertaining and intellectually challenging and this was one. Higley uses lots of words that are pertinent to the Greek culture and created the atmosphere of the story. I now know what a chiton, heteara, himation, and strategos are just to name a few. I read this on my Kindle, so I used the built in dictionary for some of the words, but there is a helpful reference in the front. There are also, of course, context clues (my English teachers all start beaming) to help make the intended meaning clear.  I totally recommend this book. It was entertaining, interesting and unpredictable. It does have adult themes, so keep that in mind before you start it.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley takes place on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes. Tessa is a heteara, a female companion who is bout and paid for by high officials. She has been with glaucus for ten years and at the opening of the book she is ready to take her life because living the way she has been living, and being treated the way glaucus has treated her has made her utterly miserable. Based on what you read about a heteara, you may or may not feel the same way as Tessa. However, as The Lord generally does, he intervened at just the right time to stop Tessa from taking her life. Events happen that put Tessa in charge, and as Higley notes in the Greek glossary, a heteara is an influential woman and the only woman allowed to speak in the men's symposia. Therefore, because of her status, Tessa is able to speak out in different formal settings in glaucus' place. The events of the story unfold and Higley does a beautiful job weaving the lives of the characters together throughout the book. Tessa is trying to break free from the life she has always known, never to fall in love with a man or anyone, but The Lord has different and better plans for her just As he does for each of his children. This book took me a little while to get into, but once I was focused on the contents and the plot of e story it read very quickly and was very interesting. Thank you booksneeze for the opportunity to read this book!
JSmithVA More than 1 year ago
Tracy writes interesting stories interwoven with historical and Christian details. I don't feel her writings are burdened with historicity, rather I feel they fit seamlessly into the essence of the time. Great fun reads!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago