I am a big fan of ancient historical fiction, whether it is ancient Egypt, ancient Native Americans or prehistoric peoples, so I said yes when offered the chance to review this book. It is a young adult mythological fantasy about a 16 year old orphan named Trinity, who learns of her family and her family’s special link to Priestess’ in ancient Egypt.
I truly enjoyed all the Egyptian mythology and history sprinkled throughout the book. I always find that well-researched historical novels bring the stories of ancient civilizations to life. Ms. Kalo did a fine job of teaching me about these myths while also entertaining me with a unique story.
I really loved the setting of the island of cats off the coast of Turkey. It sounds like a place I’d love to visit. Warm sandy beaches, crystal clear seas, and cats, lots and lots of cats.
Overall I found this book to be entertaining and easy to read. It started out a bit slow for me, but picked up the pace somewhere around the middle of the book. I’m glad I continued to read because I loved the imagery of Trinity’s dreams and how the author wove the ancient myths into them.
If you are someone that likes to learn about other cultures while reading a good story, I’d recommend this book to you.
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.
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. Connect with Zoe Kalo: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter
I received this book for free or at a discounted price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.