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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy L. Higley Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781621881575
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Raised as courtesan to wealthy and powerful men, Tessa of Delos serves at the whim of her current patron, the politician Glaucas. After ten years with him, Tessa has abandoned all desire for freedom or love, choosing instead to lock her heart away. But when Glaucas is violently killed in his own home, Tessa grasps at a fragile hope. Only she knows of his death. If she can keep it a secret for long enough, she can escape.

Tessa throws herself on the mercy of the Greek god Helios but finds instead unlikely allies in Nikos, a Greek slave, and Simeon, Glaucas’ Jewish head servant. As Simeon introduces her to a God unlike any she has ever known, and Nikos begins to stir feelings she had thought long dead, Tessa fights to keep her heart protected. As an assassination plot comes to light, Tessa must battle for her own freedom—and for those to whom she has begun to open her heart—as forces collide that shatter the island’s peace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever encountered…I was absolutely and completely satisfied with every aspect of this story, which is rare for me. I am now a huge Tracy Higley fan.”

    Ronie Kendig, author of the Discarded Heroes series

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Domin | 2/16/2014

    " [to be reviewed for HNS Aug. 2008:] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathyred | 2/10/2014

    " Adequate plot, language and depiction of the time/place, but I thought the main character's growth was too fast and pat to be really believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayley | 2/5/2014

    " I have always loved history, and I found this to not only be a fascinating story but greatly revealing as to this ancient culture. I'd never heard of a hetaeira before I read this book and enjoyed learning for the first time many things about ancient Rhodes. I love the character of Tessa, finding her and her struggles very real and personal. T.L. Higley weaved the gospel very effectively throughout the story. It's a great beginning to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 2/1/2014

    " I really need to read a great book. This wasn't it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/27/2014

    " Shadow of a Colussus takes us into the life of Tessa, a courtesan and slave on the Island of Rhodes in the year 227 BC, the week before an earthquake that topples the Colossus. It is a story of political intrigue and the story of how a women who had taught herself to be as unfeeling as a statue learns to trust and love. The author adds a lot of historical detail--we learn about the interior of homes, the public baths and the aquaduct system and the religous practices of the people. My only criticism is that she has Jewish characters who refer to God as Yahweh, and I know that is against the Jewish faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evangheline Farcas | 1/12/2014

    " I loved listening to this story by Tracy L. Higley, it is the first story by this author that I have had the honor of reading (listening to). Tessa is a hatira (a prostitute of that time), she was sold into that life by her mother and is passed to the man who payst the highest price. The story opens with her wanting to take her own life, yet what she longs for is freedom--freedom from her current owner Glaucus and freedom from the danger of feeling anything at all. The story is set in ancienct Greece in a time when men kill for power and it is in this adventure that Tessa is thrust into. I loved all the twists and turns of the story and the fullness of each character and the beautiful way that the author describes redemption. Loved! Loved! Loved! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/10/2014

    " Since I won this in a contest on here I decided to read it, eve though im not a huge a historical fiction, but im glad i did read it! It turned out to be completely different than I assumed and it was amazing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris Irvin | 1/4/2014

    " Meh. The big earthquake doesn't happen until the last 10 pages, so that was kind of lame. This book was predictable and kind of slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 12/8/2013

    " What a fast read, I must say. I really enjoyed the story line even though it took me a few chapters to really get into it. Love the idea of structuring a story line around actual events. Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Boutwell | 11/26/2013

    " 7 wonders of the world series, but doesn not have to be read in order. Early Christians, how they impacted the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Elaine | 11/11/2013

    " I adored this book! T.L. Higley is a great author! I reccomend this book if you like mystery and adventure, but I think most people would like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel N | 9/17/2013

    " Excellent. This story has it all: tragedy & heartache, betrayal & revenge, love & forgiveness, and redemption. A close second to Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 9/15/2013

    " I liked the book. Very intense. However the ending was a bit abrupt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 4/1/2013

    " The beginning is a little slow but once you are midway through there's no putting it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/26/2013

    " I literally couldn't put it down but minus one star for slightly religious moments but tey didn't impede the story at all and the romance is wonderful! A must-read for lovers of classical-era historical fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/14/2012

    " I enjoy historical suspense and TL Higley delivers. I felt like I was on the Island of Rhodes and the descriptions and attention to detail helped paint the picture without bogging down the story. "

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About the Author

Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. Her novels include Garden of Madness, So Shines the Night, City of the Dead, and  Isle of Shadows, among others. 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.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.