Blog Tour: Review: Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo
Welcome to my stop on the Daughter of the Sun blog tour which has been organised by Xpresso Book Tours (follow the tour at this link). I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy your time here. There is also an international giveaway at the end of the post.
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.
We meet Trinity in an English convent where she was left as a baby, she knows nothing of her parentage and assumes she is an orphan. Shortly before her seventeenth birthday somebody appears and says they are friends with her Grandmother who has been searching for her and she is whisked away to a small island off of the coast of Istanbul, The Island of Cats.
Almost as soon as she arrives her Grandmother passes away, with none of her questions answered, and she is left trying to figure out some mysterious goings on with herself and the island.
This novel was slow to read it wasn’t very long but it had a slow pace and was a struggle to read, it had a good premise with Egyptian mythology which felt nicely tied into the story. But I felt it could have moved quicker, there were also a few story arc’s which were left unfinished at the end of the book, which also finished rather ubruptly, even for a series novel.
The character development didn’t feel as complete as it should have and I feel maybe part of the reason I struggled was that I wasn’t feeling as connected to the characters as I should have.
I was impressed with the way some aspects of the plot was developed with some very clever twists and unexpected turns and the way the modern tied into the mythology.
This is a good book and it’s an enjoyable read it just didn’t knock me off my feet and leave me begging for more. I do think many questions I have around story arc’s, and character development may be answered in book two.
Thank you very much to Zoe Kalo for a copy of the ARC to review this book via Xpresso Book Tours.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
About Zoe Kalo:
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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Title: Daughter of the Sun
Series: Cult of the Cat
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: 1 May 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A