Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 1, 2016
Series: Cult of the Cat #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, mythology
Source: ecopy from Author
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.
Daughter of the Sun is the first book in the young adult Cult of the Cat series by Zoe Kalo. Daughter of the Sun is a young adult mythology based on ancient Egyptian mythology. I love all kinds of Mythology and the ancient Egyptians are some of the most fascinating because to me, there myths are the most rooted in history. It is so easy to believe in the magic surrounding their pharaohs because they actually existed. I just love learning about Egyptian history and imagining magic swirling around in the events. Zoe Kalo does an excellent job embodying the time period too. It was my favorite aspect of Daughter of the Sun.
I love a good mystery, so when the main character Trinity has a torn piece of Papyrus and a mysterious ring leading her on an Egyptian journey, I was instantly excited. Once I started reading, I thought the book took a little bit of time to gain momentum, and the writing flt a bit young to me, (I would recommend it to the younger side of young adult readers), I will admit I was a bit wary. But I would have been very wrong. Once this book gets going, it is so much fun. I loved the historical elements woven into the story and I loved all the Egyptian mythology. If you are a big romance fan, be forewarned that there is not much of that in this story, and the little that there is smacks of insta love. The romance has the potential to grow on me, but I wasn’t really feeling it in Daughter of the Sun. Luckily, that part of the story kind of fades into background. It wasn’t what I was looking for in this particular read, so it didn’t really bother me.
Bottom line: Daughter of the Sun is geared towards a younger audience, and I think it is a great book to expose some younger teens to Egyptian mythology. They will dig this fun adventure. It is a good start to what looked like it will be an action packed, and fun series. If you are looking for a romance, I might pass on this one. Or at least wait until the second book to see if it grows into something more.
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