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.
Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley is the first book in the Seven Wonders series. I read and reviewed Garden of Madness by the same author last year and I must say, I enjoyed this book so much more!
Recently edited and renamed (previously entitled Shadow of Colossus, it is a Christy Award finalist), Isle of Shadows takes us to ancient Greece and the Island of Rhodes. I’m not certain if any of the characters were real (the book is considered historical Biblical fiction and is set sometime between the first and last Testaments) but they really felt real to me. While Tessa is the main character, we really got introduced to Nikos and Spiros, too, and seeing things through their eyes really brought the story out. The Jewish family was wonderful and I wish there was more of them in the book. A murder plot, some romance and the love of God all made this a wonderful and well rounded book.
Tracy L. Higley has really done her homework and is able to transport the reader to another world and another life that is only known in books now. The characters are flawed and she has no problem delving into the harsh realities of life back then. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. So Shines the Night comes out in March of 2013.
Book provided by BookSneeze® in exchange for my honest review