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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Cate Decker and the Kye by LC Kolm and M Trenta is a wonderful meld of fantasy and adventure that has the potential to entice both young and adult readers. Eleven-year-old Cate Decker has led an ordinary life, until the search for her cat in the basement brings her into contact with a spiritual mist. She is thrust into another dimension where she encounters the Kye, the American Indian tribe with deep roots in history. Now she knows that she is a descendant of TehKo, the respected healer and shaman of the Kye. She sets out on an adventure with KoBe, the grandson of the first Shaman of the Kye, where she discovers the village of the Kye and the Land of the Dark Moon — their purgatory. Follow her in this mysterious journey as she learns new skills, faces new challenges, and comes to terms with her destiny. Can she become the Bright Fire she is called to be and rescue her people from their purgatory?
Cate Decker is a beautiful character. Her sudden discovery of a world she had never dreamed existed is a powerful premise to get the reader interested in the story. I wanted to know who she really is, intrigued by the new world she slowly gets acquainted with. Character development is impeccable and I enjoyed the fact that the authors allow the protagonist to mature through each step of her journey, and this gives a natural flair to the story. While the idea behind the story is bold, the careful handling of the humanity of the young protagonist lends it the power of realism. The story is fast paced and beautifully plotted, with plot twists that make for an enjoyable reading experience. The unpredictability in the plot, the crispness of prose, and the realism of the characters make this novel a great adventure for readers.