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The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharoah's Cat Novel by Maria Luisa Lang

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Eye of Nefertiti, Maria Luisa Lang, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I bought this book when the author offered it for free on Amazon.
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: November 28, 2016

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The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.

The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

Review

I read The Pharoah's Cat back in 2015 and enjoyed it immensely, so I was pretty sure that I'd like The Eye of Nefertiti. I was not disappointed!

When Elena buys a deck of Tarot cards for Amun-Ra, she decides to practice her fortune-telling skills on Wrappa-Hamen before surprising Amun-Ra with them; however, this impromptu divination goes awry when the cards predict a strange future for Wrappa-Hamen.

It doesn't take long for the predictions that the cards made to come to pass, and Wrappa-Hamen and Amun-Ra find themselves on a journey that spans centuries as they travel to England's past, present-day England, and back to ancient Egypt.

This time traveling tale has plenty of surprising twists and turns, along with some very intriguing bits of history, that had me hooked from the beginning! While the book has the same light-hearted antics as The Pharoah's Cat, readers get a chance to see a more serious side of Wrappa-Hamen as he saves another Pharoah from a dismal fate and falls in love.

The metaphysical and factual aspects of the book are expertly combined to create an intriguing milieu that makes the plot even more compelling and brings the characters to life. Wrappa-Hamen's capers are hilarious! The clever and humorous dialogue showcase the author's creativity and wit while imparting crucial information about the setting.

Light-hearted, fun, and bittersweet at times, The Eye of Nefertiti is a fabulous story that will transport readers to different locations in the past and present. Highly recommended for people with a penchant for Egyptology and alternate theories on history who want to avoid overly decorous books on the subject.

About Maria Luisa Lang

Maria Luisa Lang, The Eye of Nefertiti, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Maria Lusia Lang, author. Image courtesy of Goodreads.
Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art history and is an amateur Egyptologist. The Eye of Nefertiti is her second novel. Her first novel, The Pharaoh’s Cat, is also available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition.
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