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The Pharaoh's Cat by Maria Luisa Lang

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Wrappa-Hamen was like any other cat, except he had an intense dislike of eating mice. Once a stray, he finds that he has been endowed with the ability to talk and walk like humans. Wrappa-Hamen's new abilities draw the attention of the seventeen-year-old Pharaoh, and the Pharaoh takes him to live with him at his palace; much to the dislike of the Pharaoh's uncle, the Vizier.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

At the palace, Wrappa-Hamen spends his days being pampered by, and gossiping with, the Pharaoh's servants; playing pranks on his enemy, the Vizier; working with his friend, a High Priest of the god Amun-Ra, to solve the mystery behind his unique abilities; and acting as a companion and friend to the orphaned Pharaoh. When the young Pharaoh is murdered by the Vizier, Wrappa-Hamen finds himself accused of murder. The Vizier, acting as the new Pharaoh, sentences him to death; however, Wrappa-Hamen is rescued by his friend, the High Priest, and the two embark on a journey that will change the fate of Egypt.

The Pharaoh's Cat by Maria Luisa Lang is a wonderfully light-hearted story that is narrated in the present tense by Wrappa-Hamen. Reader's follow Wrappa-Hamen's hilarious and often well-meaning antics as he travels through Egypt with the Pharaoh, plays pranks on the Vizier, dishes with the servants, and learns of the High Priest's latest inventions.

There are several aspects of the book that I enjoyed:

The historical facts that Lang share throughout the book are interesting and factual. I like how she combined the metaphysical with facts to create a very realistic and detailed setting.

Wrappa-Hamen's antics were hilarious! Lang did a wonderful job of portraying the independent and inquisitive nature of cats. I loved the "bedspread incident," and many of the pranks that he played on the Vizier were ingenious.

Maria Luisa Lang, author, The Pharaoh's Cat
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I thought that the book was well-paced. I have read books in which the author got so caught up in the setting's history that the story line was lost, and readers are left to read chapters of history before the story picks back up. Lang did a great job of providing enough detail so that readers can suspend disbelief while keeping the story moving forward.

Finally, the premise is really unique. I am not going to say that I have read every book out there, but I have yet to read a novel that is narrated by a cat in ancient Egypt.

If you are in the market for a unique and light-hearted read with a touch of Egyptian history and lore that you can share with the whole family, The Pharaoh's Cat by Maria Luisa Lang is a perfect fit!

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