Published by Wednesday Books on September 11th 2018
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“M”, short for Memphis, is still reeling from the death of her father when she is followed one evening by a young British man by the name of Ash. He has a lot of revelations for her and one is a real zinger – her father is not dead but being kept captive by the cult of Set. She is naturally shocked but not overly so, her father’s kidnapping makes sense as he is able to decipher symbols and has vast knowledge of Ancient Cultures and their language. To make things even more interesting, Ash is also a member of a “cult”, this one for the Egyptian deity Horus. M sneaks out of the home she shares with her guardians and leaves with Ash to save her father.
Ash informs M that the cult of Set will release her father if she can locate the missing pieces of their God. Sounds easy enough, right? So, the pair begin to globe trot to various locations including the catacombs in Paris, cave diving, mysterious islands, and lost temples. Along the journey, they must decipher symbols and find the pieces for both to get what they need.
M is a strong and witty young woman who speaks several languages, is skilled in marital arts, knows lot about ancient cultures and their customs. Her knowledge comes from traveling the world with her father while he worked.
Ash did not have a happy childhood and found acceptance with the followers of Horus. He has a past he does not like to talk about and may or may not have his own agenda while helping M find the pieces she needs to save her father.
The characters are interesting, and their first adventures are interesting and fun. I was right there enjoying the action. Then things seemed to become stagnant. They had more adventures and mishaps but nothing overly exciting happened. Sure, they had some obstacles to overcome, the main obstacle is learning how to trust each other, but the book began to lose some of its momentum in terms of action/thrills/excitement. They are on an adventure a ‘la tomb raider, Indiana Jones, or Percy Jackson and I was hoping for more thrilling scenes. With an adventure book, I would hope to be on the edge of my seat, turning the pages as fast as I could read and that was not the case with this book.
Although I enjoyed the story, I wanted more. More angst, more adventure, more conflict and more thrills.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.