“Isle of Shadows” by Tracy L Higley -book review
Previously released as “Shadow of Colossus” this newly revised book is a backwards look at the week prior to the great earth quake of 277 B.C. on the island of Rhodes, in the Eagan Sea. The ancient world was as complicated as any modern-day drama full of power struggles, lies, murder, and oppression. Tessa, was sold by her mother to be a heraera, or professional female companion, at a young age. She has learned to live with her circumstances and is one of the most sought after in her “house”, with a waiting list of men who have paid for a place in line.
The story is complicated, as the players are many, and their allegiance is often in question, and changes sides throughout the novel. It took me several chapters before I felt like I understood what the plot was and was able to keep the characters straight. There is a lot of attention to detail, but sometimes it makes the action bog down a bit.
Woven throughout the novel is the underlying hint of good, honesty, love and forgiveness. There is some time given to the Jewish oppression during this historical time, and the Jews faith in their One True God. And in the end, love and forgiveness wins out! But it is a long and bloody road to get there.
After the first several chapters I did enjoy the story line. It is not a hard book to read, but does take some concentration. It would appeal to men or women, as there is a fair amount of political strategy involved.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, as a member of their Booksneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.