Thursday, July 7, 2016

Daughter of the Sun Review!

Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)

Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA mythological fantasy
Word count: 93,000 words
Release date: May 1, 2016

Daughter of the Sun, Book 1 - blurb
Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.
But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.
Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.
 **I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from the the author**

I wasn't sure about this book. I have read books about Egyptian mythology, some that I loved, and others I hated, it all depends on how they are written. This one was well researched and detailed in a way that made me want to know more. I love how the myths are woven in, and how many of the characters learn along with the reader, making the discoveries as shocking to them as they are to the reader!

I didn't really see a need for all the Christian references, just to turn around an start delving into Egyptian mythology, but I can understand why it would be odd for Trinity to go from living in a convent all her life, to moving to an island that worships cats. I don't think the Christian faith should have been pushed so hard at the beginning though, just to be insulted later on. That's my one main complaint about this book. 

I loved the detail used though when it came to the characters and how they reflect the culture, and the spirit of Egyptian mythology though, it was well researched, and flowed easily between modern times, and ancient. I wasn't completely hooked until about half-way though, when things started making sense, and the characters started to explain some of the basic points, then I couldn't put it down! I find I find I do that a lot with books, but this is another I will have to remember when it comes time for the next book to come out! I'm looking forward to see how Trinity and her friends handle the next adventure!

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About the Author
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.
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