May 21, 2009

Review: Shadow of Colossus by T. L. Higley

On the Greek island of Rhodes in 227 BC, Tessa of Delos is as highly respected as a high-priced hetaera can be. She is the arm candy a wealthy and powerful politician, Glaucus. She is also desired by many others and has the ability to influence the council that rules Rhodes through Glaucus. Despite all this the only thing Tessa wishes for her freedom.

Upon Glaucus’ abrupt death Tessa learns the truth. She’s not to be set free but sold to the next person in line with enough money to buy her, a man even crueler than Glaucus ever was. With the help of one of Glaucus’ most loyal servants, Tessa is able to keep his death a secret while she plots her escape but being the most recognized hetaera on the island makes this an almost impossible task.

Shadow of Colossus is the first book in the Seven Wonders Novel series. I can’t believe I haven’t been reading historical fiction longer. I never had any interest in these types of books but after reading reviews on other blogs I picked up a few like this one.

This was a wonderful saga intertwined with a heart-warming romance. On the opening pages Tessa is on the verge of suicide but she sees a light at the end of the tunnel that blossoms into brilliant hope. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read City of the Dead which is out now and Guardian of the Flame due out in October. I highly recommend this for historical fiction lovers.


bermudaonion said...

I haven't read much historical fiction either. I have enjoyed what I've read, though. This one sounds interesting.