I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It’s YA, as I realized when the young protagonist was introduced, and I’ve kind of avoided them since high school. They usually all follow the same template: main character, facing school pressures, crushing on some cute classmate, blah blah blah…
However, this book definitely peaked my interest from the first page and avoided all the cliches that I’ve come to associate with YA. So maybe it’s time to give this genre another try?
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.
I mean, who doesn’t love Egyptian mythology? There is a lot to go around in this book so I loved it! It’s a slow build as Trinity tries to figure out the mystery surrounding her family but I was immediately hooked. I was able to guess a few of the twists before Trinity but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable.
The disappointing/fantastic news I discovered on the last page is that this is part of a series. The Cult of the Cat will have at least two more parts to continue the story. So while this book didn’t answer all my questions, it did have a solid cliffhanger and I’m absolutely looking forward to the next books in the series!
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Author bio: 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.
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
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