Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Daughter of the Sun

Daughter of the Sun

by Zoe Kalo

4 out of 5

Synopsis
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.



Review
Trinity has led a humdrum life, raised by nuns in England after being abandoned at birth. She longs for more, but couldn't dream of her long-lost family whisking her away to the island of cats, which is only the tip of the mystery.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a while to get into it, but this turned into a really good read.
It's a nice, light YA Fantasy, as it follows Trinity as she explores her new home, her new freedom and the mysterious changes to her body.
Despite the fact there may be something special about her, Trinity is still a normal teenager, with awkwardness, and flashes of temper, but good at heart. She prefers to keep to herself, and the company of her new cat, rather than people, which is something I can relate to!
Trinity is also tenacious when it comes to finding out the truth about herself and her family. And as certain changes come, she takes everything in her stride.

One of the mysteries, is how anyone who is loved by her family end up dying, almost like there's a curse... Which isn't a problem, until Trinity starts getting swimming lessons from Seth.

I loved the mythology behind this book. It felt like a fresh and original spin on Egyptian mythology, and how it focuses in on the cat lore. The story managed the perfect balance between being informative, and still highly entertaining.

(On a small aside, which has nothing to do with the story, and hasn't affected my rating. Trinity is English. In her head, the minimum drinking age is 18, not 21.)

I enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to see where the story goes in the next part of the series.


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