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Isle of Shadows (Seven Wonders #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  609 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Revised and updated from the original, Christy-award finalist Shadow of Colossus.

As a courtesan, Tessa of Delos enjoyed unparalleled luxury and influence. But even in the grand palaces of Rhodes, she felt herself a prisoner.

On the island of Rhodes, 227 BC, Tessa of Delos has served for ten years as a hetaira—a high-priced Greek courtesan—to a wealthy politician. In that ti
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 1st 2008)
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Jun 08, 2011 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I started reading this book with the hope that it would shed some light on a little known part of the ancient world (the island of Rhodes). I love historical fiction and thought this was the same. Little did I know that the author had a religious "agenda" in mind. The main character is Tessa, a hetaera, but the author portrays her as little more than a whore. Tessa's mother sold her (as a child) to a woman who runs a training school that produces educated and cultured female companions. Perhaps ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
This book, Isle of Shadows, is an updated, reworked version of Shadow of Colossus. I loved reading "Shadow" and enjoyed reading the updated version.

This is a book from Tracy Higley's Seven Wonders series. It is set in Rhodes in 227 BC.

The main character is Tessa of Delos. She is a hetaerae, a highly regarded courtesan. A slave, a kept woman, she was purchased at a young age by an abusive master. She is ashamed of her lifestyle.

Tessa is a brave and strong woman. I felt pain for her, for her 10 ye
Jan 16, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
For the past several weeks of reading, the 1800s have been my jam. I was all things 19th Century. So I decided to switch things up, and as Blackstreet once said, go back… wayyy back, back into time. Nah baby, nah baby… My bad. I digress.

So why not head into the B.C. days? And if you’re a fan of ancient historical fiction, Tracy L. Higley is a fantastic go-to author. So when Isle of Shadow was on a kindle deal, I hit 1-Click right quick.

As always, Higley ties in mystery, suspense, history and rom
jennifer joy
Feb 08, 2010 jennifer joy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept waiting for the plot to start. It never really did. I felt like the author kept telling me how to feel and think about her characters. I pretty much knew the end of the book at the end of the first chapter. There was only one great character and "twist" which came at the end and wasn't really enough to carry the book. I probably won't read anything else by this author.
Jan 25, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was ok
"Tell us something, Tessa. Tell us the most important thing you have learned as a hetaera."

"Soon, very soon, you will start to feel that there is something cold like a stone in your heart. Let that cold part of you grow, let it spread to all of you, until you are nothing more than a breathing piece of bronze."

** I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway.**

The story evolves around Tessa, the hetaera (or sex slave) who was famous on the island of Rhodes, for her beauty and intellect. Throughout the
Elly Green
Aug 06, 2014 Elly Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a series. According to the author, she has gathered all the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to write about. I don't know, really, what to identify or categorize this novel as... in so far as a genre.

It is a mystery. People die and a lunatic is on the loose trying to rile up trouble so that he can rise above it all and become the greatest of tyrants.

It is a romance. Two unlikely people, both running from secrets which will threaten their very lives, fall in love.

It is
Kristine Morgan
Feb 16, 2013 Kristine Morgan rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Isle of Shadows by Tracy Higley. I really enjoyed this book, as I have never read anything about Rhodes before. Tracy has skillfully woven Romance and intrigue together in an exciting historical novel. This books takes place in the 8 days preceeding the 226 BC earthquake that destroyed the statue of the Greek god that stood for 56 years in the harbor.
This book is the story of Tessa, the most valuable Hetaera on the island of Rhodes...her services are sold to the highest b
I have read one other book by this author. It was also in this same series (the Seven Wonders series). I didn't care for that one....and the verdict is now solid because I didn't care for this one either.

When it comes down to it, there are 2 things that make her books tedious for me. The first one is the way the characters are always running around like chickens who know a fox is near by. They are always in a constant state of panic. They all dance to the beat of the same drum. And it starts on
Nov 15, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadow of a Colussus takes us into the life of Tessa, a courtesan and slave on the Island of Rhodes in the year 227 BC, the week before an earthquake that topples the Colossus. It is a story of political intrigue and the story of how a women who had taught herself to be as unfeeling as a statue learns to trust and love. The author adds a lot of historical detail--we learn about the interior of homes, the public baths and the aquaduct system and the religous practices of the people. My only criti ...more
Jessica Andersen
Jun 21, 2014 Jessica Andersen rated it liked it
Isle of Shadows is a historical romance, and I do mean historical. We go all the way back to ancient Greece, the Isle of Rhodes to be exact. Tessa is a consort and lives in the shadow of the ancient wonder, The Colossus of Rhodes. She is owned by an influential senator, and is the most respected consort in Rhodes. But she is still not free.

The book was good, the story moved along well and kept me reading to the end. I wasn't necessarily happy with the religious overtones that crept into the sto
Nov 04, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Higley does such a great job of taking us back to ancient Greece. My heart was instantly filled with sorrow for the young Tessa who was sold at a young age into slavery to live the life of a hetaera. When an accident claims the life of her abusive owner she is faced with a hard choice. I loved how the story unfolded with a mixture of adventure, betrayal, love, hatred, mystery, suspense, and above all faith. God brings people into her life in the most unexpected way. He also brings the mighty ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
There are very few books that are written in the ancient times that I have read that the author seemed to have actually taken the time to do her research. T.L. Higley did her research and Sunday she transported me to Greece and the story of Tessa.

This story was wonderful. The author managed to deal with some very hard, and very mature issues without making me feel uncomfortable. T.L. Higley has a way with words, and conveying the situation without being to graphic. I can't wait to read her next
Nov 03, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it
Review by Kara Grant
Minor Spoilers

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

My Review
This is my first time reading Tracy Higley and from the moment I saw its cover I was eager to experience Tessa’s journey. Tessa has lived as the most prominent and popular hetaera (a courtesan or professional female companion) in the island of Rhodes for 10 years and is finally starting to have thoughts of freedom. Attention no longer brings pleasure or disgust to her so sh
Isle of Shadows is book one of the Seven Wonders series by T.L Higley. Set in the heart of Rhodes in 227 B.C. This story takes us to the base of Colossus and into life of a hetaera. *In ancient Greece, hetaerae were courtesans—highly educated, sophisticated companions. (See "Notes" for more information on the hetaera of Ancient Greece)

In this story we meet Tessa, a beautiful and well known hetaera. Tessa was sold to Servia as a hetaera ten years ago and has been in bondage ever since. Tessa desi
Jun 30, 2014 Alyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Colossus of Rhodes has always held an air of mystery for me, but I’ve never taken the time to learn more about it. Author Tracy L. Higley took a great deal of time to research the history and culture behind this Greek statue of the god Helios, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The result is Isle of Shadows, a novel of political intrigue, romance, and suspense set in the last days before the earthquake that destroyed the famous statue.

Ever since her mother gave her up to be train
Erin Al-Mehairi
Jan 07, 2013 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it really liked it
If you love historical Christian fiction, then Isle of Shadows, by Tracy L. Higley, is another book to definitely add to your collection and read over a couple of chilly nights, sitting by the fire or enjoying a cup of tea. I know that I am busy adding all Higley's books to my shelves and I was very excited to read Isle of Shadows, her newest release after Garden of Madness that I also read this year (and loved).

Actually released previously in 2008 as Shadow of Colossus, Higley edited and revise
Mar 09, 2013 Sela rated it liked it
Shelves: review, kindle
I just finished reading this book, and I haven’t decided exactly what I think of it. Overall, I guess I would say that I enjoyed it. I find that I enjoy historical fiction, especially well-written and well-researched historical fiction. So, let me tell you the things that I liked about it first before I tell you the things that I didn’t like.

I really liked the look into the society of ancient Greece. I find that part of history fascinatingly similar and different from our culture today, and Ms.
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 23, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: I had been wanting to read it anyway. The Ancient Greece and Seven Wonders angle appealed to me.

Summary: Set in 227 BC on the Greek island of Rhodes, Tesa was sold into bondage by her mother ten years ago and has been a courtesan ever since. She holds quite a high position in society as the hetaera of a wealthy politician, but still she must meet his every need in the privacy of his home. When her patrician is accidentally killed Tesa comes up with a plan to finally escape th
Nov 13, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In May 2009 I read my first book by T.L. Higley, called "Shadow of Colossus." Three and a half years later, "Isle of Shadows" is the revised and updated version under a new publisher. I have really loved each of Tracy's Seven Wonders novels, and I was very excited to have the opportunity to go back to the island of Rhodes and 227 BC.

Tessa of Delos is a hetaera, a political consort to one of the most powerful men on the island. She's a possession, with a heart which wants to be stone in order to
Trupti Dorge
Tessa has been a hetaeira, a mistress, for more than 10 years, a captive with one of the island’s most powerful politician Glaucus. All she wants is freedom. Fate gives her a chance when her master dies accidentally leaving Tessa with 2 choices. Either be hanged to death if charged with his murder or pass on to her next master who could be more if not equally brutal as her previous master. She chooses none of these.

She decides to free herself from all the bondages by running away from the island
Christie Hagerman
Tessa is a natural heroine, brave in the face of danger, yet vulnerable to the suffering she must endure. Facing odds that spell disaster, she makes choices that, one at a time, bring her closer to her goal of freedom. Along the way, she realizes that spiritual freedom and the freedom to love are even more important than being loosed from the men who have paid for her services.

This is historical fiction at its best. With strong themes of atonement, grace, and forgiveness, historical figures meet
Julie G
Nov 13, 2012 Julie G rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Bit of a warning, in case you didn't know: Isle of Shadows is the revised and updated re-release of the 2008 Christy-award finalist Shadow of Colossus.

With that said, this is another fascinating journey to one of the Seven Wonders. It is set in 227 BC on the isle of Rhodes, ancient home to the Colossus - a giant statue of the god Helios. Beginning seven days before the Great Quake, this is a story filled with intrigue, political ambition, loss, and deception.

In Helios' shadow, Tessa has given up
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
Tracy L. Higley once again brings her readers back into the past with her fantastic writing style! Isle of Shadows (formerly titled Shadow of Colossus), sweeps us back to ancient Greece to the Isle of Rhodes, where secrets, spies, and conspiracy run rampant.

Isle of Shadows focuses on Tessa, a hetera to the most influential politician on the other words, she is a slave. Paid for her services as a companion. However, the system back then is interesting. Wives and daughters didn't have
Julie Graves
Nov 03, 2012 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, 2012-reads
Tessa's life is not her own. She has been trained as a hetaera(a courtesan) and is now owned by Glaucus, a man that has made her life miserable for the past 10 years. But Tessa's life is about to be changed. When Glaucus is found dead Tessa allows her heart to hope for a brief moment that she will be free. Putting off the inevitable, Tessa persuades a young slave and Simeon, Glaucus's head servant to help her dispose of Glaucus's body. She also convinces them to keep Glaucus's death a secret ...more
Tessa was a good character. Her heart was hard, because of the life she's lived, but you see her start to thaw, exploring whether or not she can love someone and what that might do to her tightly held control. Nikos, our male protagonist, is likeable and brave, and seems like a good fit for Tessa. Still, there was very little about either of these characters that made them particularly special. Like your average human being, they had strengths and weaknesses, and those manifested in the novel, ...more
Sep 17, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year is 227 B.C. The place is Rhodes, a Greek island.

For ten years, Tessa of Delos has been in Glaucus’s ownership as his hetaera (an owned woman). Tessa had given up all hope. It seemed like she would never experience freedom again. It looked like the only way Tessa would gain her freedom was to take her own life. The Gods had another plan; they were looking down on her that day. Glaucus befalls a terrible fate, which will ultimately change things for Tessa forever. The next couple of days
I think I've established the fact that I am a HUGE T.L.Higley fan? I haven't? Well I am. When given the opportunity to review yet another book by her, I jumped at the chance, and once again she didn't disappoint. (Don't you love authors like that? If only they wrote a million books!)

Once again Ms. Higley takes you on a historical journey, this time to Ancient Greece 227 BC. Our Heroine a hetera Tessa opens the book contemplating suicide. Or at least, this was my interpretation of this passage: "
Loraine Alcorn
Jan 26, 2013 Loraine Alcorn rated it really liked it
I won this book through good reads and here is my review of it. I liked the book, it was really historical and gave me an insight into what life was like in those times, It did not have any explicit sex in it and there were just vague mentions of the profession the main character was in. I did not find the Christian part of this book even though it says on the back cover christian fiction. There was some mention of God by the Jewish slave in the household and some more toward the end of the book ...more
Dec 02, 2012 Merisha28 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a honest review.
Isle of Shadows by Tracy L Higley
Christian READ

This is a great christian read. The author weaves christian fiction wonderfully and adds aspects of the bible in it in a unique way. The journey Tessa takes is a hard one and through it finds the true meaning of life and love. This is the first book I had the honor of reading. I'm simply amazed. I'm not a history person but I loved Tessa's story. The author was amazing at the descriptions and the
Jan 19, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have discovered a very special series of books that I'm thinking some of you haven't read yet and I am hoping to help you rectify that very sad situation. For lovers of historical fiction (and even those that may not think they enjoy historical fiction) this series is amazing! Welcome to the 7 Wonders Series by T.L. Higley... each book centers around one of the Ancient Wonders of the World and sets characters and mystery/suspense against that setting. I have read the first two (Shadow of ...more
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T.L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written three previous novels and more than fifty drama productions for church ministry. She is especially passionate about "breaking down emotional and philosophical barriers that people have put up between themselves and Christ."
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