KJ Confession: I spent years of my childhood studying Egypt and Egyptian mythology. Family members would drop off giant books that I could barely hold so I could pour myself all over them.
It only makes sense that I HAD to read this book.
Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.
Daughter of Isis
by Kelsey Ketch
Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1)
by Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: 10/26/13
Blurb: “Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”
Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.
The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.
Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.
The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.
Muse Kristen’s Thoughts
What happens when your grandmother dies suddenly, and you end up having to leave London for a small town?
What happens when you’re trying to escape the Egyptian culture and the reminder of your mother’s death, only to end up in a town thriving on it?
What happens when the one boy you shouldn’t fall for is the only one that pulls you in like a magnet?
Or when the girl you shouldn’t fall for is the only one you can’t charm?
I know I’m going to love a character when she thinks: “Brilliant, where’s Hermione when you need her.” You know how I feel about interesting characters – and Daughter of Isis didn’t fail. Natara is witty, tough, and realistic. You’ve got to be tough as it is if you’re moving from London to the middle of nowhere in California. Ever try being the new kid? It’s not fun. It’s especially not fun when the town player (Seth) has his eyes on you as the next conquest. If I didn’t already love her from the Hermione comment, I’d have fallen in love with her when she brought her own water bottles to a party. You heard me. Brought water bottles to a high school party. Girl’s got guts AND brains. My kind of heroine.
Seth is complex, clever, and made me swoon even when I didn’t want to. Every single time I thought I had this boy figured out, guess again. His character has the most interesting growth path in the story, which has me wondering if his life will ever be parallel to any of the gods from mythology. Q and Ky had me glaring at the book, and muttering remarks under my breath. (This is why I try not to read in public anymore, y’all!) I wanted to sit in class next to Wanda. You’ll love her too.
This is a dark read. Honestly, it didn’t phase me because I’m used to the shadows in Egyptian mythology and culture, but I could see others getting squeamish. There’s also some dark moral issues being brought up – with serious shades of gray (think human sacrifices, manipulation and control of others in all ways, etc…). I do however like the way they were referenced and approached in the book, but I find it worth mentioning for those who’d prefer something lighter.
The mythology is explained well. Even if you don’t know the story of Isis and Osiris, you’ll understand completely before the book is through.
Bottom line: Will I be reading the sequel? Absolutely.
About the Author
During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.
Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.
For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.
2 E-copies of Daughter of Isis (mobi or epub) + Swag (INT)
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