The Lost Colony of Roanoke—even having written a novel inspired by this piece of history, which happened hundreds of years ago, typing the words still gives me a shiver. And why not? It's shivery stuff. In the 1580s, Sir Walter Raleigh got Queen Elizabeth I's permission to found a permanent colony in the New World. After an initial failed attempt, more than 100 men, women, and children signed on to a 1587 voyage—only to find themselves in dire conditions before long. Their leader, Governor John White, was sent back to England for help. He returned three years later to find no trace of the colonists, save the legendary CROATOAN carved into the bark of a tree.
There are few stories in American history that hold more allure than this one. So it's no wonder that it's a mystery people are still trying to definitively solve. In fact, just this year a new potential clue was found embedded in one of White's painted maps. And I wanted to solve the mystery, too. As I did research, I came across the name John Dee, a famed alchemist and advisor to the Queen, who it turns out was involved in planning the colonists' voyage… My story clicked into place. But my solution didn't involve going into the past. Instead I decided to bring the past to us. In Blackwood, when a mass disappearance occurs on modern day Roanoke Island it turns out two very smart—and very modern—17-year-olds are tied to the original mystery, and that they're the only ones who can uncover the truth, at last.
Talk about chills. I’ve always been intriguing by the dissapearance of the population of Roanoke, so I had to pick up this book about the mystery, and let’s say I wasn’t... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Majanka
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Quick & Dirty: Blackwood was really just an okay read for me, I had a hard time investing myself in the characters from this... Read more
Definitely worth reading. I really like the basis of the story and the characters. I had serious problems with the e-book formatting, which I'm sure is out of the author's hands. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Casual Reader
Blackwood takes on the story of the lost colony of Roanoke Island, a 400 year old mystery. The two teenage protagonists of the story are Miranda Blackwood and Phillips Rawling. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Julie Doe
As much as I read YA novels, I can be extraordinarily picky about them. Too much romance, too much stereoptypically girly stuff, too many cases of teenagers outsmarting adults, and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ria (Bibliotropic)
Blackwood is a thrill-ride with a clever premise, appealing characters, and many twists and turns that kept me reading well into the night. Highly recommended for older teens.Published 12 months ago by readerfox
I really enjoyed the history in this novel. The characters were well developed, the romance was not overwhelming but added to the plot. I would never have guessed the ending.Published 12 months ago by B. Bond
BLACKWOOD puts a great paranormal spin on a piece of history. The unravelling mystery is tense and exciting. The story is creepy, absorbing and full of surprises. Read morePublished 14 months ago by mfu_11
I really wanted to like Blackwood. When I heard about it being picked up for a TV show I decided I should give it a shot since the story sounded so interesting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer