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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.
This is great little read. Thank you, Gwenda Bond, for this fun and interesting take on the Roanoke legend.Published 4 months ago by Hotkat
Intriguing story. Like-able characters. Never slows pace.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
this book kept me reading! couldn't put it down!
the history aspect mixed with the supernatural made for a riveting tale of love!
l seldom stop reading a book once ;i start lt, this one i wish i had ofPublished 13 months ago by gene kidney
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 15 months 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 16 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 20 months ago by J Doe