Book: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)
Author: Zoe Kalo
Publisher: Kindle Published
Genre: A ‘catty’ fantasy
In One Line: The orphan who discovers her blood line through a series of almost impossible-to-believe adventures.
Characterisation: I liked the character names. The complexity of some names like Dr Bithiah Nassiri and Korian Bedrosian together with simpler-to-pronounce ones like Trinity and Margaret Walford somehow mingled the real world with that of Egyptian myths well.
The protagonist of this story, surprisingly, according to me, was not one. All of them together make the whole. Each one, throughout the story, keeps playing their parts. Even the mummy! The nice thing about the characterisation of this story is that even if all the characters, haven’t been developed with complete detailing, none have been suddenly abandoned either.
However, the romantic angle that the author has tried to develop between Trinity and Seth tended to fall flat. It seemed a little forced and abrupt. It could be because this is supposed to be a fantasy. But then romance is not needed! This could have been avoided.
Language: Small chapters and crisp language kept the flow going till the end. I especially loved the description of the rainy day towards the beginning of the book and the fight between the two ‘powers’ (no spoiler here!) towards the end.
Plot Setting: Usually authors base their books in places that people can connect with easily. That makes the virtual imagery easier. But this story was different. When I read that the island was called Kedilerin Ada (which was later told to the readers to be the ‘Island of the Cats’) and it was “near the Sea of Marmara, off the coast of Istanbul” I was pretty certain that this was a part of the author’s imagination. But Google proved me wrong. At least the sea really exists! And the island gets its name from the sea – ‘Marmara’ meaning ‘marble’ in Greek. Unfortunately the rest of the tale had no connection with marble but rather had only to do with cats. But at least, saying that the place was near a place that exists in reality, did put things in perspective to a certain extent.
Book Cover Art: The backdrop of the pyramids goes well with the theme of the book. The cat-eye in the centre, although right, feels a little pushed. Somehow the two themes of ‘the cult of the cat’ and ‘Egypt’ feel like two separate entities as far as the cover is concerned.
How’s the Title: The title and the subtitle together amply tells the reader what the story is ultimately going to be about. Unlike the tale, there’s no mystery to the name but I’m not complaining because the sound of the title to the ears feels right. And good.
Is The Blurb Catchy: If one were to read the blurb and then pick up the book then I would say that the blurb is a good one. But if one were to go back to the blurb after the read is over, then one might wonder why Seth has been given so much importance in the blurb. I’m still unsure about Seth’s importance in the story.
Learning From The Story: – Some topics need a lot of in-depth research work. The theme of Egypt and being and egyptiologist definitely fall into this category. And the author has done well in this respect. The discussion that Trinity and Ara, two important characters of the story, have, for instance, when they find a body in the process of being converted into a ‘mummy’ shows that the author is very well aware of what she is writing about.
Areas Of Improvement: The Island of Cats’, even though ultimately it fits into the scheme of the story, seems a tad too much. But I guess that’s why it belongs to the fantasy genre!
Some parts of the story, like trying to get a romantic angle between Trinity and Seth into the story that consumes a lot of unnecessary pages, slows down the otherwise gripping tale.
The almost ‘mummified’ father starts walking around the island because the daughter snatches the voodoo doll that resembles him (which, in turn, re-grows the hands too!)? This (and a few others) were way too fantastic for me to digest! So here’s an open question to all – while writing a fansay, how wild can one’s imagination run?
What Is ‘Said By Not Saying’: Trinity realises that bringing Ara back from the dead might cause issues with her ‘power’ but she does that nevertheless. Just shows how every person will save those who they really love even if it means losing his/her own power and ego.
My Reaction When I Finally Closed The Book:
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