Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review: Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein

CATE OF THE LOST COLONY by Lisa Klein
Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover, 336pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher

Lady Catherine is one of Queen Elizabeth's favorite court maidens—until her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered. In a bitter twist of irony, the jealous queen banishes Cate to Ralegh's colony of Roanoke, in the New World. Ralegh pledges to come for Cate, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. Instead it is Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, whom the colonists—and Cate—increasingly turn to. Yet just as Cate's longings for England and Ralegh fade and she discovers a new love in Manteo, Ralegh will finally set sail for the New World.

Seamlessly weaving together fact with fiction, Lisa Klein's newest historical drama is an engrossing tale of adventure and forbidden love—kindled by one of the most famous mysteries in American history: the fate of the settlers at Roanoke, who disappeared without a trace forty years before the Pilgrims would set foot in Plymouth.

I enjoyed Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Klein and I wondered how she would craft Cate of the Lost Colony into a fictional work of art. Well, I didn’t have to worry because Klein pulled me into another beautifully written work of historical fiction built around events of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. It's astounding to read about some of these historical figures and the mysteries surrounding what actually happened to the Colony. The detail that was put into creating the characters piqued my interest even more as I read about the lives of three protagonists told in alternating viewpoints.

Throughout this book, I continued to wonder if the actual figures were like their fictional work. I was mesmerized by the politics and inner workings of the Queen's court but I was most intrigued with the characters. Cate, full of wonder and questions about the new world finds herself on a dangerous journey of the unknown after falling out of favor with the Queen. Sir Walter Ralegh was an interesting individual. I was always trying to discern his motives whether they were for the Queen's favor, Catherine's affections or just for monetary gain and fame. Manteo, the proud Indian was a delightful character. I enjoyed reading all about his views on his people and the English and how he was always trying to find ways to make peace between the two. Klein did a great job with the characters in this book!

Cate of the Lost Colony is a well crafted novel filled with political intrigue, adventure, and great characters. This book intertwines beautifully with fact and fiction. I think readers of historical fiction will enjoy this book just as much as Klein’s previous books. I look forward to reading more of Klein’s novels.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

16 comments:

Namine said...

I love stories woven with history!! great review

fredamans said...

A book that can make you wonder if the characters are much like the real people, it MUST be great! Fantastic review!

Erin said...

The more I read about this book the more I wanna read it. I love a good historical fiction. I get so fascinated by the research that the author might have done to get some of the facts straight. :]

amandawk said...

This book sounds really interesting!

Lauren M said...

Ooh, I love historical fiction, especially when it's about those mysterious aspects of history that we've never quite figured out!
I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and I'm really looking forward to its release!

Sophia said...

Wow great review! It sounds really interesting :) I love historical fiction!

Moridin said...

This sounds like a really interesting book!

Bookish in a Box said...

This sounds so good! I was always fascinated when we got to the mystery of Roanoke in history class.

[Joana.] said...

I love history and I love books, so when they get mixed together, that's amazing. I can not wait to read this one!

Rebecca Herman said...

Great review, I really liked this book as well!

Kailia Sage said...

Great review! This book sounds really good! :D

beca said...

Wow this review made more excited to read this book. Historical fictions are usually good!

Sarah said...

I love reading historical fiction in the fall for some reason. This one is on the top of my list!

Emiii8 said...

I love historical fiction! He's definitely on my list. Great review.

sablelexi said...

Great Review. I really want to read this book, and I'm fascinated with the history of the lost colony.

Kristan said...

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. This book sounds really good so I'm going to have to read this! It looks so good =)

 

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