Book Review: Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

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

Author: Zoe Kalo

Plot: 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.

Rating: 4.5/ 5

Review

Walking like the Egyptian Gods

First of all a huge thanks to the b00kr3views and the author and her team for lending me a copy of the book to read and making me a part of the book blog tour

The book actually made me intrigued about Egyptian mythology since the basis of the book is Egyptian gods and folklores and being an avid fan of Greek Gods and mythology, my experience with Egyptian version had been almost to nil and perhaps after reading this I can say I feel like reading a bit on them

Let me be honest, if you think you will get to know about a lot on Egyptian Mythology then you would not but that also works to its advantage because it actually means that you do not have to be well versed with folklores to enjoy the book. Trust me. I had no clue or vague idea of the Gods that had been described and yet I was able to fully enjoy the book and yet left with craving to know more on Egyptian Mythology. So I guess that is a good point for the book

Technically you could see how the plot is all going to shape up from the get go since it follows the template of any paranormal Young Adult but that could also be me because I have been devouring this genre to the extent that every book I read feels having the same base plot so you can choose to ignore this little nit picking

Language is simple, smooth and efficient and narration even more advantageous and things move at good speed and paves way to more and more intriguing stuff keeping the ride joyous. Now the only thing that bothered me was the basic background setting of our central character. Somehow the character background clashes with the story development as ( if I am not being a spoiler) our central character is a kid who had been locked up in a orphanage under tight scrutiny of nuns and rigid belief and practices and in my opinion should exhibit some sort of naiveness having been cocooned away from real world but the transition we see in the character in the later half of the book is a bit hard to digest and I somehow feel that the character’s background defined for her doesn’t exactly matches with her character. You cannot simply say that the character transitioned or grew or matured etc because if that being the case that morphing is not successfully shown and the character seems to be completely different person defined in the very first and after that. Though to be fair it does not prick you much but definitely makes you wonder as to whether this character seriously had the background that the author keeps glorifying in the book. It seems a bit hard to picture but in general the whole book is a fun read.

If you go through my previous reviews, you will notice that I never comment upon character behavior or strength, weakness in my reviews as to me that is perspective and varies to readers to readers. It is in rare case that I point out these elements. So if I am pointing out the character behavior and nature it is because I really feel that the fact that the character magically is exhibited as attuned with the modern world clashes with the basic nature and background that the author introduces us to in the beginning of the book…. Don’t know whether its in real or something I am nagging unnecessarily about

In conclusion, I loved the book for being simple, fast and having a different mythological aspect to enjoy. Language, narration all works in favour for it.

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Cult of the Cat series blurb

According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.

But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world.

In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. And discover they’re the only force able to stop the evil god Apophis from enslaving humanity.

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 on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter

Genre: YA mythological fantasy

Word count: 93,000 words

Release date: May 1, 2016

PURCHASE LINKS

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This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours

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