04 May, 2016

Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo - [Book 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
Source: A free kindle copy from the author through book r3vie3 tours

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.

My Review

I have chosen this book for review by reading the blurb. Cat cult, Solar eclipse, ancient symbols, Egyptian mummies, Secret religious groups, rituals - Everything is there in the story to make it a good thriller. The plot is very interesting and even at the stage where I was just 20 pages behind to finish the book I didn't have all answers to my questions and doubts. The Climax is good and it is dealt very well that we don't feel the story incomplete even though it is the first part of the series. I am also looking forward to read other parts of the series.

Characterization is very good and is near to real. Since it is a fantasy, a few incidents are difficult to convince us. The character of Trinity is believable with her short temper but helping nature. Ara is kind of a girl next door. Dr. Nassri's character is mysterious. Many new terminologies about Egyptian mummies, Voodo dolls, witchcraft, ancient rituals, Secret sisterhood are thrown very quickly, so in the middle, I felt difficult to absorb. 

The book cover is apt, though the book title is not very convincing to me. Though Trinity is the daughter of the Sun, there is not much mention of her father or about the Goddess and incarnation. The narration is gripping and makes you glued to the book for  a long time. 

Yes, there are many doubts uncleared by the end of the book. Obviously, the author wants to clarify them in the next part. 

Overall, a wonderful fantasy and fiction read with a touch of Egyptian mythology.

My Rating


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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 herclowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter

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

Until next time,

PS: I have received this free kindle copy from the author through book r3vi3 tours and this is my honest opinion.

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