Isle of Shadows by Tracy Higley
The setting is ancient Rhodes, in Greece. Tessa, a high class prostitute has had her "contract" bought by a powerful politician, Glaucus, a man who is greedy and possessive. When Glaucus dies unexpectedly, Tessa realizes this is her chance to escape but she must pretend that he is alive long enough to plan her getaway.
Aided by fellow slave, Nikos, and opposed by political schemer, Spiro, Tessa must balance her role as a woman, a slave & a courtesan. Can she pull off the deception and escape Rhodes forever?
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.
The setting of Rhodes is very unique. I have heard of the city before but I didn't know much about it or it's famous fallen statue. According to ancient Greek historians, the Colossus of Helios at Rhodes was destroyed by an earthquake. Higley uniquely used this in the story by setting the time of each chapter as so many days "before the Great Quake." You knew it was coming and you felt urgency for the characters to complete their mission before the calamity comes.
The entire story takes place in 7 days and is very fast moving. There is mystery, romance, intrigue and repentance before God. It sounds like a lot going on, but Higley does a good job of creating an intricate plot while still making it clear enough for the reader to follow what's going on.
The best part of the book is the character of Tessa. She is a strong female character who is caught up in a life she doesn't want to lead. She is smart and well-spoken but lacks the one thing she really wants - freedom. As a reader, you are gunning for her the whole time, wanting her to find God and find love and find freedom. Great read!
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a complementary Kindle version of this book while participating in the Booksneeze program. All opinions are my own.