Monday, November 05, 2012

Book Review: Isle of Shadows

Tracy has done it again! Having previously read Garden of Madness, I had high expectations for this book. Not to my surprise Tracy has crafted a wonderfully intricate story including a beautiful enslaved woman, an assassination plot, and true freedom and redemption found only in God! 

Isle of Shadow was definitely a page turner. The first sentence drew me in like a fly, "In the deceitful calm of the days preceding disaster, while Rhodes still glittered like a white jewel in the Aegean, Tessa of Delos planned to open her wrists." I was instantly captivated and taken back to 227 BC to a beautiful island where ships came to and fro, the wealthy and poor mingling on the streets, and where God's love to both greek and jew was evident. 

Tessa of Delos was a woman of much sorrows. She had endured much cruelty in life that left her heart like bronze. Many people compared her to the goddess Athena, hard as a stone. On the outside she appears so, but it's just a cover. Having been hurt so much, she has decided to stop feeling, locking her heart away. What a deep and profound character Tessa was. With such hurt as hers you just couldn't wait to see how the Lord was going to touch her and turn that heart of stone to flesh. At one point of the book I teared up, showing just how emotionally drawn you can become to this book. Your heart went out to her from the start. She handled emotions the way many people do today allowing me to connect deeper with her. 

The glossary of words before the book was most helpful. It showed how detailed she was, remaining accurate to the time period. I enjoyed this book immensely and could sing its "greatness" to you, but to believe me you're going to have to read it yourself. I give Isle of Shadow a 5 out of 5!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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