Isle of Shadows
Tracy L. Higley
Revised and updated from the original, Christy-award finalist
I was a little apprehensive coming to this book, due to what I knew of the Greeks: they, my friends, were incredibly immoral. Like with Garden of Madness, I really appreciate the author’s writing style. She doesn’t downplay the awfulness of the sin around the characters, but she doesn’t elaborate on it. As the main character, Tessa, has an occupation that is basically that of a prostitute, the novel could have been pretty sordid. Thankfully, it was not graphic. We know what Tessa does, but we never see her doing it.
Tessa’s pain was incredible, and I liked how the statue of Colossus mirrored Tessa’s own journey. At the beginning, she is like the statue: a stone and unfeeling image of what she could be. And then, as the statue cracks and tumbles, so does the wall around her heart.
My favorite part was the Passover scene with Simeon and his family; I celebrate Passover myself, so I always enjoy reading about it.
I wouldn’t say I liked Isle of Shadows as much as Garden of Madness, but I did enjoy reading it, and I found it educational about Ancient Greece. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book about the wonders of the ancient world: So Shines the Night, which takes place in Ephesus around the Temple of Artemis.
Objectionable content: Tessa is a hetaera: basically, a glorified prostitute. Woman are pretty much bought and sold; a man is poisoned; there are some murders. I would recommend this book to at least 16 and up.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.