Author: Lisa Klein
Ages: 14 and up
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
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?
Ohmygosh, it's Lisa Klien! She once again "seamlessly weaved together fact and fiction" in her new book!
The cover is beautiful, with Cate smiling and thankfully, looking just as described in the book. Sadly, the finished copy cover isn't pretty. I like the ARC version
ARC version Other version
Which do you like?
I like the first once because it shows Cate's beautiful dress and the mysterious ship in the background, this deserves a lot of praise. One of the best covers on 2010!!! The second one's font looks a lot like Bree Despain's "The Dark Divine".
I was sure what to expect of this, I'm not really into American history (ha, and in class we happen to be learning about American history like the Civil War and Revolutionary War AND COLONIAL PERIOD)
Beginning: It could have been better. Cate reminded me of the typical "weak" female characters back in the 1500's. I kept screaming silently at Cate to not make bad choices, but she did. ^_^
Middle: Whoa. Whoa. WHOA! What just happened? Who are all these new people that just popped up out of nowhere? What's going on?
But as the storyline progressed, I understood (a little) of what was happening.
End: What?! I was shocked, but proud of Cate for making the right and best desicion that strongly supports feminism! Girl power! Good choice, ~applause~
Characters: Cate isn't my most favourite character. She gradually got better over the story. Walter Ralegh was romantic at first, but I didn't like him. Sure, he was sweet and all, but his eyes were always set on money and success. Manteo came in out of nowhere, but he was okay......
Overall: Not a must read, a nice lazy-afternoon read, more like it.
Conclusion: Colonial and well-written, Lisa Klein's new novel is another one to add to the library of great books she's written. Bravo!