For the past several weeks of reading, the 1800s have been my jam. I was all things 19th Century. So I decided to switch things up, and as Blackstreet once said, go back… wayyy back, back into time. Nah baby, nah baby… My bad. I digress.
So why not head into the B.C. days? And if you’re a fan of ancient historical fiction, Tracy L. Higley is a fantastic go-to author. So when Isle of Shadow was on a kindle deal, I hit 1-Click right quick.
Enslaved in a World of Money and Power, Tessa Dares to be Free.
Raised as courtesan to wealthy and powerful men, Tessa of Delos serves at the whim of her current patron, the politician Glaucus. After ten years with him, Tessa has abandoned all desire for freedom or love, choosing instead to lock her heart away.
But when Glaucus meets a violent death in his own home, Tessa grasps at a fragile hope. Only she knows of his death. If she can keep it a secret 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, Glaucus’s 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.
As always, Higley ties in mystery, suspense, history and romance in a way that keeps you turning pages and enjoying the story. Plus I always feel like I went through a entertaining history lesson. Like, the Ancient Greek hetaeras reminded me of the geishas of Japan. Or how the hetaeras were embraced by men in debate and philosophy, the idea that women weren’t equal to men was still strongly believed and maintained.
I find Higley one of the finest ancient historical fiction writers out there and look forward to reading some of the other novels I have hanging out on my kindle!
Do you enjoy some ancient history reads? Have you read any of Higley’s books? I’d love to hear from you!