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Title: Daughter of the Sun
Author: Zoe Kalo
Series: (Cult of the Cat #1)
Pub. Date: May 1st, 2016
Genres: YA, Mythology
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 an intriguing young adult mythology read full of mystery, magic, action, and history.
Daughter of the Sun kept me flipping pages like an addict. The mystery and suspense of Trinity’s powers, family history, and newfound discoveries are so well written that you feel as if you’re on an adventure, that you’re a detective. You push yourself to figure out the secrets and lies before Trinity can, and the twists keep you on the edge of your seat. The action and foreshadowing really help to keep the pace steady, and it also helps shape the mood.
As much as the pace quickened and hooked me, it started off slow. I was interested, and I wanted to read more, but it wasn’t a strong urge until the pace picked up. By then, I was addicted, especially because of Trinity’s struggles and changes. Also, the romance was a main point for a bit, and it was practically instant. I like Seth. He’s a great guy and I can see they’re potential as a couple, but this book didn’t build it up enough for me to love it, to see it and connect with it properly. Thankfully, it faded into the background as the mystery took first place. That is what made this book better. We got a hint of something we could see happening and loving, and then we were thrown into a situation where we fear it might not be possible. The author knows how to hook us.
The history and world-building are great! You can tell the author did her research as it really shows whenever anything Egyptian is mentioned (which is almost always, why wouldn’t it be?). I was immersed into the world of artifacts and goddesses and mummies, and I loved it! It was easy to lose myself in the magic, especially since the author wrote it so wonderfully.
My favourite part, however, had to be the secrets and mystery that Trinity fought so hard to solve. There were so many hints that gave me shivers! I would notice one and wonder how dark someone had to be to keep mummies and voodoo dolls and dead corpses in a secret room. Especially since the person with all those was creepy and terrifying all at the same time.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book despite the brief instant love and the slow beginning. Daughter of the Sun is an engaging, mysterious, adventurous read, a brilliant tale woven with corruption and dark greed.
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.
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