Tessa is called a “marble Athena” – cold and hard, but beautiful. She’s found it’s the only way to survive: she has to cut off her feelings lest she be overcome by the sadness of her situation. After all, Tessa’s mother sold her into slavery ten years ago, where she was trained to be a “companion” for the powerful men of ancient Rhodes. She makes a vow to the god Helios to open her veins and end her life. But before she fulfills that vow, a series of unexpected events sparks hope in Tessa. She finds her world changing, but is it for the better? The help of friends she did not even know she had will lead her to finally open her heart to trust and her eyes to the only God who can truly set her free.
Opening with Tessa’s vow to kill herself, Isle of Shadows draws you in instantly. Higley’s characters are very well-drawn – I found myself rooting for the “good” characters, yet wanting to knock them upside the head occasionally, and disliking the “bad” guys, while feeling sorrow for them at the same time. And I was fascinated by the setting – Rhodes, days before and after the great earthquake which toppled the Colossus. It’s a time period not often addressed in Christian fiction, especially since it lands before the birth of Christ. But Higley did a marvelous job of leading her characters to the One True God. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!
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