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Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo
(Cult of the Cat, #1)
Publication date: May 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
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.
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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What I like about the story:
Mythology, History and Mystery combined in one book. I enjoyed how it started: the mysterious gift of an ordinary orphan. It became more interesting when the history of the Island of Cats introduced. And when Egyptian God and Goddess came near the plot, the story got me hooked.
Trinity, the Curse and the Papyrus… Trinity adores cats and she would do everything to protect the felines. All of her life, she dreamed of meeting her parents and she didn’t expect the revelations about her true identity. I loved the concept of the papyrus that was left with Trinity, it added uncertainty about her. The curse on her family is also very catchy; it made you think more about how would the story goes.
Quotes to remember:
Brianna to Trinity
“If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. We all have destiny. I really believe that. And it’s time for you to fulfill yours.”
Mother Superior to Trinity
“There’s no evil in you. You’re good, in essence and in heart.”
Brianna to Trinity
“You’ll know where to find her. Trust your intuition. It won’t let you down. It comes from powerful, secret realms.”
How it ends:
Evil loses. Lots of questions still unanswered.
Daughter of the Sun didn’t bore me a bit, every turn of the pages made my mind wander for the next scenes. I’m actually looking forward to the Book 2 of this series. I’m still waiting for what will happen to Trinity, Ara and Seth. And there is also Brianna/Slugger plus the strange primary guardian of Trinity. Great job for Zoe Kalo!
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