Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA mythological fantasy
Word count: 93,000 words
Release date: May 1, 2016
Daughter of the Sun, Book 1 - blurb
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.
About the Author
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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Daughter of the Sun is the first book in the Cult of the Cat series by Zoe Kalo. I decided to try this YA indie fantasy because I love cats and I'm interested in the Egyptian cat goddess, Bast. So I requested a review copy from Book R3vi3w Tours.
The cover gave me the impression that this book would be set in ancient Egypt. So I was surprised to learn that it begins in contemporary England where Trinity, the sixteen year old protagonist resides in a convent. At the outset, Trinity believes that she has no relatives. Yet she does have an affinity for cats and surprising paranormal powers.
It turns out that she has a family heritage that is connected to an island of cats off the coast of Turkey. There are cat islands in the world where there are more cats than people. In fact, there are eleven of them that are part of Japan which are popular with tourists. See Eleven Cat Islands. I couldn't find a Bast ruled cat island off the coast of Turkey, however. So it's safe to say that Zoe Kalo invented it. I very much enjoyed the concept.
The name Trinity may seem like an odd choice for this book's protagonist because it's normally associated with Christianity. Yet there are other types of deities that can be said to have three aspects. Kalo portrays Bast as triune which seems to be based on research. The Wikipedia article on Bast informs us that she is called by three names--Bastet, Ubasti and Pasch.
YA readers may expect a strong romance element in Daughter of the Sun. Magic and myth are much stronger themes. There are also plot reasons why romance isn't central. I thought that it was appropriate that there was less focus on romance.
Some reviews on Goodreads complained of predictability in the story line, but there was actually one development that I considered very astonishing. For me, Daughter of the Sun was a fun quick read.
This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours