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“Fast-paced adventure, fascinating characters and insights into the culture, politics and people of this ancient world make this book a unique and unmissable read.” (Rel Mollet,

“Higley’s talent as a storyteller is obvious as she weaves the threads of Tessa’s salvation into a story that both inspires and entertains.” (

“This is such a unique historical novel that it really sets itself apart from all others. Higley’s portrait of day-to-day life in the ancient world drew me in and her strong heroine kept me reading.” (Jill Hart,

“Blending suspense, romance, political intrigue, and a healthy dose of drama, Higley brings the struggles, class differences, and pagan culture of ancient Greece to vivid life. . . . Strong characterization combined with rich historical detail have won this book a home on my shelves of keepers.” (Jennifer Bogart,

About the Author

Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in ancient history and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at

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  • File Size: 1800 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (November 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GVZ0UA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've been writing adventure stories since the time I first picked up a pencil. I still have my first "real" novel--the story I began at the age of eight during a family trip to New York City.

Through my childhood I wrote short stories, plays for my friends to perform (sometimes I had to bribe them), and even started a school newspaper (OK, I was the editor, journalist and photographer since no one took that bribe to join me). Then there were the "drama years" of junior high, when I filled a blank journal with romance and poetry. Sigh.

In my adult years I finally got serious about publishing suspense fiction, and have since authored twelve novels in twelve years.

When I'm not writing, life is full of other adventures--running a business, raising kids, and my favorite pastime: traveling the world.

I started traveling to research my novels and fell in love with experiencing other cultures. It's my greatest hope that you'll feel like you've gotten to travel to the settings of my books, through the sights, sounds, smells, colors, and textures I try to bring back from my travels and weave into my stories.

To experience my travel journals and see the romantic settings of my books, I hope you'll visit my website at or meet up with me on Facebook at

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anne Green on November 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Provided as a complimentary copy by Booksneeze, Isle of Shadows proved to be everything it promised. Set in the turbulent and obscure times of the "silent" period (between the Old and New Testaments), Isle of Shadows described the sad but riveting life of Tessa, a high-class prostitute to a key political figure on a Greek island. Despite Tessa's best attempts to seal off her heart, an elderly Jewish servant wins her trust and demonstrates Yahweh's love to her during her time of deepest need. The love of the One True God and of a young man of character eventually win Tessa over and help her to face the formidable forces seeking to destroy her.

Tracy Higley is becoming a real favorite of mine. Her writing is polished and nuanced, feeding the reader meaty Scriptural truths while capturing attention through rich detail and characterization. Tessa's internal transformation speaks to any reader who is struggling with guilt over the past and is looking for a fresh start and the healing power of forgiveness. I especially liked the surprise Biblical historical character link to the Messiah revealed at the end of the book! Higley hits another home run in Isle of Shadows, for sure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. G. Lewis on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tracy L. Higley's interest in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World has led to some excellent reading opportunities for the rest of us. After reading her novel, Garden of Madness, which takes place amidst the gardens of Babylon, I was eager to read Isle of Shadows too.

This is the tale of a beautiful and intelligent courtesan to a wealthy dignitary in ancient Rhodes. She desires freedom above all else. Since it seems beyond her grasp, she considers suicide beneath the shadow of the colossal statue of the Greek God Helios. But, there are two other men who will rescue and play major roles in her future. The handsome Nikos, who seems to be a Greek slave, and Simeon, the fatherly head servant in the household of her patron.

In addition to a story that keeps you turning pages, at the end of the book Ms. Higley includes The Story behind the Story...and Beyond! You will learn how the Colossus was built, how long it took and how long it stood before being destroyed in a great earthquake. All fascinating facts and more. Also, she offers sights, sounds and locations on the Isle of Shadows page entitled "Interactive Reading," at her website [...]

Isle of Shadows was originally published in 2008 titled, Shadow of Colossus. It was very wise of Thomas Nelson Publishers to acquire it and republish a new, improved edition.

Isle of Shadows is an exciting, fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am grateful to Thomas Nelson for a complimentary review copy. --Gail Lewis
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By theresa on January 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Isle of Shadows is set in ancient Greece. Tessa of Delos serves as a hetaera (educated prostitute) to a powerful man; and when he dies, her welfare is threatened. As the sole witness to his death, she will either be held responsible for his death, or she will be sent to serve an even worse man. Desiring both physical and emotional freedom, Tessa searches for a way to escape. But as more complications arise, she finds herself with only two allies: a Jewish servant, Simeon, and a mysterious Greek man, Nikos.

This story is actually one of a few books inspired by the author's interest in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Isle of Shadows centers on the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue to the Greek god, Helios, which was destroyed in an earthquake. In fact, the book was first published as, The Shadow of Colossus.

I enjoyed both the story, and the historical element. I really emphasized with Tessa's character: she reminded me a lot of how I felt before I encountered Jesus. The dynamic between the characters, and the swift movement of the story also made for a captivating read.

An added bonus is the author's interactive website, which provides pictures and videos of Rhodes, Greece, so readers can better envision the location and historical context of the story. I anticipate more from this excellent storyteller.

I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogging Program.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nike13 on March 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
I won this book in a Giveaway and have finally had a chance to finish it. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Tessa was very believable as she tried to keep hope alive even against all the pain she's been through with life. The story was well paced and had a bit of a mystery to it but it seemed a bit...preachy.

I'm not against God being in books I read or characters finding their way but it just seemed shoe-horned into the book. It didn't make me hate the book but I do admit to skimming in two different chapters when I felt things were being laid on really heavy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished reading this book, and I haven't decided exactly what I think of it. Overall, I guess I would say that I enjoyed it. I find that I enjoy historical fiction, especially well-written and well-researched historical fiction. So, let me tell you the things that I liked about it first before I tell you the things that I didn't like.

I really liked the look into the society of ancient Greece. I find that part of history fascinatingly similar and different from our culture today, and Ms. Higley draws those things out nicely. I felt that it was a well researched book, and that was confirmed for me in the end pages of the book when she stated that she has been to Rhodes, where the story is set, twice in order to really get a feel for the place as she was writing the story. In fact, you can go to her website to see pictures from her adventures there.

I also thought the character development was decent and the interaction between characters was mostly well played. Those of the main characters was excellent, with the romance not being too pronounced but still being real and relevant. I do not enjoy reading romance books, but I do like it when a good book has a bit of romance thrown in, and this book had exactly that.

As for the things that I did not like, there were 2. The first was the length. It wasn't too terribly wordy, but I feel that the story could have been told more succinctly with just as much effect. But, historical fiction tends toward lengthy descriptions due to explaining the culture and the location, so this wasn't a huge deal.

What really did it for me, though, was the Christian element. I felt it was very forced.
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