Higley doesn't disappoint readers with another view into the ancient wonders of the world in this series. Though her main characters live in violent times, readers will see their redeeming
qualities and want them to emerge
victorious. Mixed in with historical
facts about paganism and beliefs
about a monotheistic religion, a
true faith emerges among a seeking people. Readers will wait anxiously
for the next installment.

On the island of Rhodes in 227 B.C., Tessa of Delos has been in bondage as a hetaeira, a high-priced Greek courtesan to a wealthy politician, for 10 years. 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 about his death and keep up the charade until escape is possible.

Now Tessa must battle for her own freedom -- and for the freedom of those she is beginning to love. The unlikely group of characters who help Tessa to seek her release are willing to risk their own lives. They must plot to keep political secrets and build a trusted community in which they can share peace and democracy. (B&H, Aug., 400 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Lindy J. Swanson