The next book in the Cult of the Cat series is here! In case you missed my earlier reviews, I first read Daughter of the Sun a couple months ago and loved it! This is a really interesting YA series where Egyptian mythology and the modern world come together. While there are two more full-length books in the works, the author has recently released prequels to the Daughter of the Sun (meant to be read after), and today I’m reviewing Part 2 of 3 of those prequels.
Now, since this does rely a lot on the other books in the series, it likely would be better that you read those books first (which I highly recommend you do!). I’ll try not to be spoilery below but BE WARNED!
Korian and Lucy: A Cult of the Cat Short Story (Part II) by Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA Fantasy
It’s January on the Island of Cats and Lucy is secretly pregnant. Her love for Korian is as invincible as ever. Together, they experience the magic of their baby’s movement for the first time.
But the raging Marmara waters and stormy skies match the turbulent state of Lucy’s soul. Isis continues to haunt her dreams. Her aunt’s new ruby ring sends a chill of suspicion up her spine. Scorpions crawl on the edge of her mind… Could Korian be right? Was her aunt involved in his mother’s death?
When Lucy is forced to reveal her pregnancy, she discovers she’s not the only one with news, for her mother and her aunt both have astonishing revelations of their own…
In a world that wants to pull them apart, Korian and Lucy must do everything in their power to stay together.
So while I’ve liked the other books thus far in this series, this one felt a little more mediocre. I think my main problem was that the voice of the main character felt off from what I’ve come to know. The story switches between the diary writings of one person and a 3rd-person omniscient perspective of another, both of whom are the “narrators” of the first prequel (hint: see title). I came to enjoy the 3rd-person view much more than in the first story because I felt like I was really able to understand this person more, but the diary portion felt all out-of-whack. It almost felt like two different people were writing the diary at once and it was hard to make sense of.
I’m enjoying gaining more of the details of the story through these prequels, as a lot more is revealed through these different perspectives. However I just don’t feel that this diary format was strong enough to carry the story in this prequel. I think I’ll definitely prefer the full-length books and I’m really looking forward to the next one in the series.
I’ve also read some other books by this author and she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors! If you’re looking for an older read, Zoe Kalo also has an NA series that I also highly recommend! Link below!
About the Author: A certified bookworm and ailurophile, 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….
Zoe has 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. She lives and writes in Belgium.
Zoe is also the author of Two Graves (Retribution Series #1)
This review is part of a book tour organized by the author, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review