Fate & Freedom Book III

On Troubled Shores

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
494 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2019
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Author Biography

Kathryn who uses the pen name K I Knight is an international award winning Author, Genealogist, Historian, Public Speaker for Project 1619, Cemetery Preservationist, and a Land Development Consultant. Knight has spent 20,000+ hours researching the first documented Africans to arrive in the English settlement of Virginia in 1619. In 2016, as an advisory board member for Project 1619 she co-curated the “1619 First African Landing” exhibit at the Hampton History Museum in Hampton, Virginia. Her passion is unrivaled and strongly evident in her published writings. Her literary work includes "Fate & Freedom" a five star - Gold medal historical series as well as her nonfiction work, “Unveiled - The Twenty and Odd" due to be released in 2019. Knight is the Secretary for the Florida Author's & Publisher's Association's Board of Director’s. She is a member of the National Genealogy Society, Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, Florida State Genealogy Society, Virginia Genealogy Society, Virginia Historical Society, Florida Historical Society, American Historical Association, Genealogy Speakers Guild, Association of Professional Genealogists, the Alliance of Independent Authors, the National Association of Professional Women, Women in Film and Television, and the Director of 1619 Genealogy. The mother of three adult children, Knight lives in Central Florida with her husband, Tom.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

On Troubled Shores is the third book in the Fate & Freedom series by K. I. Knight, a spellbinding historical drama that explores the themes of slavery, the fight for survival, and the quest for freedom, set against the backdrop of the slave-trade era. Margaret and John have been brutally torn away from their home and family in Africa by slave traders and unexpectedly rescued by an Englishman while on a ship destined for Mexico. Brought to the shores of Virginia, their arrival will set in motion a chain of events as the two struggle to navigate their new world. In the English New Colony of Virginia, they are about to witness the dark side of British politics and intrigue. But can they survive the harsh realities of life, so far from home, and will they ever be free?

This novel had me hooked from the very first page to the exciting denouement. The first thing that caught my attention was the strength of the prose. The descriptions are terrific, capturing even the most subtle emotions, the sights and smells, and the impact that the setting has on the characters. From the sound of the rain to the winding bends between narrow banks overgrown with birch trees, live oaks, and button willows on the verge of blossoming; from the fresh spring air, redolent with sweet, musty smells to the nostalgia of familiar landscapes in a distant land, the author allows readers to feel the anguish and the hope, the solitude and the cravings of the characters. Fate & Freedom is a masterpiece with an irresistible appeal for fans of deeply researched and deftly written historical novels with the theme of slavery.