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 Daughter of the Sun, Book 1 -
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.
About the Author:
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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My Review: 4 Stars
I had the pleasure of receiving this book in exchange for an honest review. Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat #1) was a fun read about an orphan, Trinity, who has grown up in an orphanage run by nuns in the English countryside. From the beginning, there's an air of mystery about her. She was born the day of a solar eclipse. She seems to have subtle cat-like qualities, never gets sick, and has an ability to heal from injuries quickly as well as heal others--but nothing at first that's distinctive enough for her to pay much attention to.
Then, one day, she's claimed by a woman representing her very wealthy grandmother, who has been searching for her since her disappearance as a baby. Before she leaves for her grandmother's island summer home, the Mother Superior gives her a piece of parchment with strange symbols on it, something left with her when she arrived at the orphanage almost sixteen years before.
The odd language isn't the only mystery Trinity encounters. There's her ever-strengthening cat-like qualities, like a preference for napping during the daytime, changing food preferences with a slight craving for raw meet, the ability to jump out a 3-story window without sustaining major injuries, and occasionally being overcome with predatory urges. Then there's the fact that awful things seem to have happened to all the men in the family, and there's an odd rotten-egg smell accompanied by an air of malevolence that sometimes emanates from the office of her grandmother's assistant. Trinity's search for answers leads her on a dangerous, exciting quest.
Trinity was easy to like. She stands up to bullies. She's tenacious and has the determination to do whatever it takes to get the answers she seeks. She has a soft spot for cats, which is a good thing, because the people on her new island home revere cats, and the Egyptian goddesses connected to them. I absolutely love the Egyptian mythology element interwoven through the story, and the author did a great job with her research and with bringing it to life in this novel.
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