Friday, October 15, 2010

Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa M. Klein

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 89/100 or B
Source: Publisher

The greatest unsolved mystery of American history--what happened to all the colonists who landed on Roanoke Island in 1587? This novel traces the fortunes and misfortunes of one Cate Archer, banished to Virginia by a jealous Queen Elizabeth because of her dalliance with Sir Walter Ralegh. What will be her fate in this dangerous New World?
I have always been enchanted in the mystery of Roanoke Island and the missing colonist. Klein creates an enchanting portrait of what could happen through the eyes of Kate. Cate was such a strong character and that radiated in the narrative. The details of history in the plot didn't overshadow what was happening to Cate, but enriched the plot and made it and experience. This book was unlike anything in the historical fiction genre and I recommend it to people that don't usually read it. Klien's previous books were the reason that I wanted to read this. I am glad to find another book that enthralls and keeps me wanting more.

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