Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Curse Keepers by: Denise Grover Swank

The Curse Keepers is loosely based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke. It can be described as "one person's version of what could have happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke".
For 400 years two families, one side- descended from the Indian family that befriended the first English settlers at Roanoke, VA, and the other family- the original English family that first settled the Roanoke Colony, protected the secret of what really happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. The story passed down through the generations of both families told of the secret of the Gods and demons that were "locked" behind the gate to hell by the founding father of each family. Each generation the oldest child became the "Curse Keeper" upon their 18th birthday. Each Curse Keeper learned the sacred words, symbols, and story to pass on to their children. It is told that if  the Curse Keeper from each family meet and touch, the gates of hell would open and the Gods and Demons held in prison for so long would be released and many lives would be lost. The Curse Keepers would then have until the dawn of the seventh day to close the gate and trap the Gods and Demons back in hell.
This is a very fast paced story. It begins with the Curse Keepers meeting and goes full force from there. It has a mystery for the reader to try and figure out beyond the Gods and Demons. It has romance and betrayal, family and friendship, love and heartache. It will draw you in, keep you guessing, have you rooting for the characters, and for those interested in hot romance-yep, there's even some of that. But what I was drawn to most, is how Miss Swank used her imagination to put a fantasy spin to a real life mystery. It almost has you wondering "Could this be what REALLY happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke"???
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mysteries, romances, and fantasies.