by T. L. Higley

August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8054-4730-9
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Rhodes Island, 227 B.C. isnít the easiest place to live for a female. Especially if you are in bondage as a Greek courtesan to a wealthy politician. Tessa of Delos has learned to give up all desires for loveóbut she still wishes for freedom. Even if escaping her life through death is the only option open to her.

When her patron is accidentally killed, Tessa sees the chance to be free, but she needs to hide the truth of her patronís death, and maintain a masquerade until escape is possible. As freedom is within her grasp, forces collide which shatters the islandís peace, and could even bring the mighty Colossus to its knees.

Shadow of Colossus is the first book Iíve read by T. L. Higley, and also the first book in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World series. Set in a decidedly pagan culture, I did wonder how the author would portray a Christian view, but she did so seamlessly.

Tessa is a sympathetic character. I quickly grew to cheer for her, and to hope that she achieves her desire for freedomóand even find love in the process. The story is well-written, and scenes flowed expertly throughout the book. Shadow of Colossus is an excellent historical novel, and should appeal to anyone, male or female, who enjoys ancient history.

Reviewed in July 2008 by Laura.

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