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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Isle of Shadows by Tracy Higley

I've long wanted to travel to Greece. I think it would be so interesting to travel back in time to see what life was really like there. Isle of Shadows takes place on the Greek isle of Rhodes in the years between the New and Old Testament. 



The leadership of Rhodes is at a crossroads of sorts as some of its leadership is working towards change. Caught in the middle is the beautiful Tessa. Tessa works in the service of one of the city's ten leaders, Glaucus, and must work to make sure that his mission is accomplished. When Glaucus dies Tessa must decide how to carry on her work. Will she tell the world that Glaucus is dead and let her employment go the highest bidder? Will she try to cover up what happened and keep the other leaders guessing? 

This story was fantastic. It was fast paced and energetic. Higley's writing really made the city come alive. The sights, the sounds, the smells and the tension were all a vital part of the story. The writing of the book was tight and interesting. I love reading books that are both entertaining and intellectually challenging and this was one. Higley uses lots of words that are pertinent to the Greek culture and created the atmosphere of the story. I now know what a chiton, heteara, himation, and strategos are just to name a few. I read this on my Kindle, so I used the built in dictionary for some of the words, but there is a helpful reference in the front. There are also, of course, context clues (my English teachers all start beaming) to help make the intended meaning clear. 

I totally recommend this book. It was entertaining, interesting and unpredictable. It does have adult themes, so keep that in mind before you start it. 

What have you been reading lately?

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