Giveaway & review of "Isle of Shadows" by Tracy L. Higley

Isle of Shadows

Originally published as Shadow of Colossus, Tracy L. Higley's fabulous book set in 227 BC returns with a new cover and name of "Isle of Shadows". Tessa of Delos lives on the Island of Rhodes, and has served for ten years as a hetaira, a high-priced Greek courtesan, to a wealthy man involved in politics. Although she experiences every luxury available, she is held captive to her position, serving at her master's whim, until his sudden death offers her an unimaginable opportunity. Tessa joins forces with a Jewish house servant and a Greek slave, seeking to hide his death until she is able to escape from the Island. Soon Tessa is embroiled in far more than she'd counted on, as she collides with secrets and a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the Island.

Isle of Shadows is a thoroughly enjoyable read set in a fascinating time period that the author captures with vivid detail. The characters are unique, and I guarantee that within only a few pages you will find yourself completely sympathetic to Tessa's situation and rooting for her to obtain freedom, not only from her life as a courtesan, but from the hurt she's bottled up inside. I found that the plot unfolded as a masterful pace, keeping me glued to the pages as I raced to see how everything would turn out. As with Higley's other books, I also greatly appreciated how she has woven faith into the tale, and I find myself in awe of God's marvelous ways. I'm so glad that the publisher has chosen to release this book for a new readership to discover, because it is a tale worth reading!

Readers who have enjoyed previous books from Tracy L. Higley will definitely appreciate this novel, and I am sure it will garner her new fans as well! I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars. 

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and the Booksneeze program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Image of Tracy L. HigleyTracy L. Higley travels the world, brings back adventure and writes novels that transports readers to ancient times and places.

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I am giving away 1 copy of "Isle of Shadows" to readers from the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson.

You can get 1 entry into the giveaway for each task you perform:

1. Become a follower of my blog (through Google Followers or Networked Blogs) then leave a comment confirming you became a follower. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment that you already follow and I'll give you 1 entry for that.

2. "Like" my Facebook page, and let me know you did so in a comment. (The link is at the top of the webpage). Let me know if you've already liked it, and I'll give you an entry.

3. Post about the giveaway on your own blog or on twitter or facebook and leave me a comment. You get 1 entry for each method of spreading the word!


4. Leave a comment answering the following question: "What is your favorite period of history that you like to see a fiction book set in?"

++ Please include your email address in your comment so I can contact you to arrange to get the book in the mail to you.

That's all there is to it. Contest Ends November 15, 2012.


  1. Love T.L. Higley's books. Please enter me for this new one!

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  2. I love books written in Bible time periods and also 1800's.

  3. Hi...i am a follower via email and GFC, i liked your facebook page and spread the word by Facebook and twitter. i enjoy the occasional ancient history novel, but also like pioneer novels. Thanks for a great chance to win!

  4. I like books set during the Civil War and afterwards in the rebuilding of the South.

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  6. Like your facebook page.

  7. My favorite time period for book to be set in, is WWI. I guess I'm just really into the whole Downton thing!

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  8. I like to read books written from the latter 1800's/early 1900's.


  9. Thank you for the chance to win. I like more than one time period in history for books. One being the Tudor times, then Roman times and the 1800s.

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    I also liked your facebook page and am a gfc follower (griperang)

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  10. i'm a follower

    i enjoy reading books for a variety of time periods

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

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  11. I enjoy reading books from every time period. I like to follow a pattern of reading books, where I don't read two in a row from the same time period. So, I change it up a bit.

    I am a follower.
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  12. GFC follower.

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  13. I love so many periods; really like Civil War, World War II, early 1900s. I'm a google follower, already liked on facebook, and posted on my blog, facebook, and twitter.

  14. I love to read books from different periods. If I had to choose, though, I would choose the Civil War period.
    I am a GFC follower...


  15. Interesting time period and setting! I like learning about history through fiction---I loved the Marcus Didius Falco "mystery" series set in Rome about the same time. Can't remember the author's name, but she wrote them in the 1980s and early 90s, I think.

    Thanks for this giveaway! I would love to read this series! Please enter me.


  16. I am a history nut, so that's a tough question for me. I'm goina have to say that a Revolutionary War era book that is well-written is my biggest thrill when it comes to historical fiction. Any genre can be exciting though!

  17. Oh I would love to win..I have shared on facebook and twitter...I look forward to reading Tracy L. Higley's new book 'Isle of Shadows'.........babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

  18. Follow your blog via GFC. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  19. I enjoy reading books from many time periods! If I have to pick one favorite time period for a fiction book to be set in it would be the late 19th Century.

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