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Re-release of Shadow of Colossus October 20, 2012
Tracy Higley is an accomplished author and I always look forward to her new book releases. I saw Isle of Shadows up for review and agreed to review it before I realized that it was a re-release of Shadow of Colossus.
Since I have a stack of review books waiting to be read I am not going to take the time to re-read this novel at this time. I will, however, leave you with just a couple of impressions from when I read this book back in 2008. I remember being intrigued by the history and captivated by the Jewish connection. In fact, the Jewish and historical elements of the story are still quite vivid in my mind even after all this time. Though there might have been some revisions in this edition I remember looking up dates and wondering if the Jewish connections the author implied were feasible, but even if they weren’t entirely believable, I still loved the twist that they added to the story.
Higley writes intriguing novels, weaving history and faith in a tapestry that surrounds and enfolds her characters. I haven’t yet read a novel from her that I’ve found disappointing.
Review by Rachelle
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)
|Publication Date||November 13, 2012|