Item description for Shadow of Colossus: A Seven Wonders Novel (7 Wonders #1) by T. L. Higley...
Overview Tessa, a famous courtesan on the island of Rhodes, seeks to gain freedom from her wealthy patron, Glaucus, and becomes involved with a mysterious stranger, Nikos, who decides to help her in a plot which puts both of their lives in danger.
Publishers Description "In a world enslaved by money and power, one woman dares to be free. Will an explosive secret enslave her again? " The place is the island of Rhodes; the time, 227 BC. In the ten years that Tessa of Delos has been in bondage as a hetaeira, a high-priced Greek courtesan to a wealthy politician, she has learned to abandon all desire for freedom and love. But when her owner meets a violent death, Tessa is given the chance to be free--if she can hide the truth of his death and maintain a masquerade until escape is possible. Now Tessa must battle for her own freedom and for those she is beginning to love, as forces collide that will shatter the island's peace and bring even its mighty Colossus to its knees. Here is a powerful story showing how the love of God can transform even the most hardened person and bring back to life a soul jaded by sin and grief. Endorsements: "T. L. Higley's "Shadow of Colossus" is a fascinating glimpse into the rarely visited world of ancient Greece, a beautifully written tale of love and faith and adventure. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series." --DeAnna Julie Dodson, author of "In Honor Bound" "T. L. Higley transported me so completely to Ancient Greece that when I was finished I felt as if I had to reorient myself to present time. An engrossing read, written with precision and style. I was sorry to see it end." --Carolyne Aarsen, author of "All in One Place" ""Shadow of Colossus" is a beautifully told tale, richly detailed, and set beneath one of the great wonders of the world. If you've ever dreamed of traveling in the ancient world, you'll want to be there as a fallen woman rises and the great Colossus falls " --Ginger Garrett, author of "In the Shadow of Lions "
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Studio: Broadman & Holman Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Series 7 Wonders
Series Number 1
ISBN 080544730X ISBN13 9780805447309
Availability 0 units.
More About T. L. Higley
T. L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written five previous novels. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
T. L. Higley currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Shadow Of Colossus?
Colossus a hit. Sep 28, 2009
I was intrigued with the idea of a seven wonders series as I enjoy ancient history. I wondered how the Christian element would enter in as it is classified as Christian historical fiction. The author succeeds in intwining both a faith element as shown through one of the characters and an interesting historical glimpse into that time period. After reading this book, I ordered the next couple in the series.
Notable for departure from established Christian historicals Jul 11, 2009
Christian historical fiction tends to come in a few selected flavours: life as a Christian in the early New Testament church, life as a Christian in prominent historical periods in Western Europe and America, and the lives of prominent Bible personages regardless of testament period. Of course, there are a handful of exceptions to the standard categories, but I've never come across Christian historical fiction like T.L. Higley's Seven Wonders series.
Higley's series is set in pre-New Testament times, each tale intertwined with one of the Seven Wonders of the World; the first installment--Shadow of Colossus--takes place on the Greek island of Rhodes in 227 B.C. Into this pre-Christ setting Higley drops a fiery, wounded ice-princess of a heroine. Trapped in chains that seem inescapable and serving out a sentence as tenacious as that of any prison, Tessa of Delos has been in bondage for a decade. Held in high regard for her beauty, cutting wit, and political acumen, her services as courtesan are promised to the highest bidder in a process beyond her control. When her master dies unexpectedly, she glimpses an opportunity for freedom; with the help of a new servant Nikos, a man with a hidden past, she maneuvers treacherous waters in search of a way out.
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. Her attention to detail in recreating the historical and political climate is commendable, but what fascinates me most about this novel is the offer of freedom through salvation that is woven throughout a story that takes place in a pre-Christian culture. Tessa's physical bondage only serves to underscore her deeper need for spiritual freedom. Her encounters with the dispersed Jewish population of Rhodes throw the unrest of the city's pagan population into sharp contrast with the peace and joy experienced by those who know God. This marker alone sets Higley's novel apart from the majority of historicals. Pre-Christian history outside of the Middle East intertwined with the promise of hope and freedom for those looking towards the coming of their Messiah is entirely unique and enjoyable.
Also impressive is Higley's careful planning which allows readers a deeply personal glimpse into Tessa's life and heart, while entirely avoiding scenes which explicitly detail her lot in life. Though there's no doubt that her role in Grecian society is sinful, yet socially accepted, and even expected in the upper echelons of her world, Higley manages to present an entirely chaste period of Tessa's life.
Shadow of Colossus opens by diving directly into the crux of Tessa's struggle, but the pace slows throughout the bulk of the novel. Her introspection, along with the web of political entanglements and maneuvering, prove a tempering influence to an otherwise tight timeline. Toward the book's end, the pace builds exponentially into a pounding crescendo.
Strong characterization combined with rich historical detail have wonShadow of Colossus a home on my shelves of keepers. Though I rarely read a novel twice, Tessa's story is one that I want to keep on hand for future plumbing. Higley's work has certainly caught my eye, and I look forward to reading the stories she weaves around the remaining six Wonders of the World.
A heart-warming story of hope May 20, 2009
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.
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.
Amazing book! Jan 19, 2009
I have discovered a very special series of books that I'm thinking some of you haven't read yet and I am hoping to help you rectify that very sad situation. For lovers of historical fiction (and even those that may not think they enjoy historical fiction) this series is amazing! Welcome to the 7 Wonders Series by T.L. Higley... each book centers around one of the Ancient Wonders of the World and sets characters and mystery/suspense against that setting. I have read the first two (Shadow of Colossus (set against the statue of Colossus at Rhodes) and City of the Dead (set against the Pyramids at Giza)) and TL actually makes the particular Wonder of the World almost a character in the book. I was attracted to the series because of a fascination with the Ancient Wonders but drawn in by the amazing story lines. I thought the first one was great, and then the second one stepped up the story another whole level... I can't wait to read the third one! I strongly encourage homeschooling moms to get these books for their high school students because it will make ancient world history come alive. I am really hoping that sales are good for this series because I would love for TL to be able to finish all 7 books!
First in Seven Wonders series a real historical thriller Dec 24, 2008
Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley is the first book in her Seven Wonders series. In the week before the earthquake that shook Rhodes and brought the famed Colossus to its knees, Tessa, the city's most famous courtesan, is in a fight for her life and her freedom. She has served as the mistress of Glaucus for years, becoming known for both her beauty and her wit upon the upper echelons of the city's government, but all of that is threatened by the machinations of Spiro, another government official who not only wants to rule Rhodes, but to own Tessa as well. Into this tumultuous situation comes Nikos, a mysterious man who is posing as a house slave and quickly works his way into Glaucus' home and Tessa's trust. When Glaucus is accidentally killed, Tessa and Nikos work together to keep his death a secret long enough for Tessa to escape the island and her servitude. Higley packs in a ton of historical detail, fascinating political schemes, powerful faith, and passion into this novel. Tessa has lived most of her life being hurt by others, so she has tried to lock up her heart to protect it from pain. But she learns from Nikos and Simeon, a Jewish servant, that in order to experience joy in life, you have to take pain along with it. It's a compelling message in a terrific book.