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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.