Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1)
Published: 26th October, 2013
“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”
Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.
The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.
Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.
The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.
*Note: Content for Upper YA*
Content Warning: Some sexual elements are present as well as the drugging of another character unwillingly. Human sacrifice to a minor degree as well as mind control induced suicide.
What I liked: The Egyptian themes woven into this story fit in nicely, giving it an intriguing and fresh style to books with Egyptian themes dealing with the gods and the followers. I found myself laughing with the use of British phrases and words, because I understood what she was saying. The tension surrounding the novel was very well put into place, and it left me wondering about how everything was going to unfold despite some of it being predictable. There were some big surprises in the novel with Seth (who showed significant character development over the novel) and his friends Q and Ky, as well as with Natti who kept showing the different sides of herself over the novel. I loved how we got better acquainted with Seth with his chapters and how you could slowly see the way his perceptions about things changed over the course of the novel. The “romantic” element of the story isn’t very romancey in the typical way and takes most of the novel to develop.
What I didn’t like: In some instances, Natti seemed too clueless about certain events that were going on. Also, largely too stubborn for her own good when it was clear that people were trying to help her. People are not always that stubborn, nor do they throw a game just to void a bet when they’re that stubborn. Sometimes the exclamations in the book confused me, they just could have worked as regular sentences much better. Also, sometimes Seth’s rage outburst seemed pretty extreme and unnecessary.
Overall review: This book is a captivating read that teaches you a little about Egyptian culture, and the Egyptian deities in an interesting setting. With the wonderful character development and an interesting story Daughter of Isis ends with a bang that will leave you wanting to know what happens next with Natti and Seth, to see what’s in store for the in the sequel Son of Set which I’ll be reviewing next year when time permits.
Recommend?: This was a well done, and very interesting book, definitely recommending it to those who like Egyptian mythology, or want to learn more about it since it gives some information about the Egyptian gods.
My Rating: 3.7/5
“Daughter of Isis is an addicting and enthralling read brimming with Egyptian mythology. Readers will be pulled into the story after simply reading a page!” —Emily, Reader Rising
“I always enjoy a good book about Mythology and Daughter of Isis brings a thrilling modern day spin to one of the tales. Kelsey Ketch wove the story perfectly and sucked me right into her magnificent world.” —Naomi, Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
About the Author:
During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.
For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.
Review by Iris