Daughter of the Sun
Cult of the Cat Book 1
Published: April 1, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
Trinity is about to find out a dark family secret, one that will change her world in ways she never imagined.
This book starts off painfully slow. Trinity was mildly interesting and the cats were a lovely addition, so I trudged on in the hopes it would get better. I was nearly halfway through the book before it stopped being a boring YA Romance and turned into a fantasy story. This shift happened around page 150, and if I’d read chapter one and then skipped to that point, I don’t think I would have missed much. The same hints are repeated over and over, suggesting that there is something special in Trinity’s connection to cats and she has these strange sensations that might be magic. I didn’t need that much lead up to get the point that she’s not an ordinary girl.
Once I was past the first half, I enjoyed getting to know Trinity and watching her evolve into what she eventually becomes. She finds her strength and has the courage to demand some answers about 20 pages before the end. Despite that, she was a likable enough character, if a bit annoying at times with her teenage “I’ll figure it out on my own” attitude. Asking the right people would have been easier, but would have made for a dull story. As far as characters go, Ara ended up making a fun companion. I think she fit into the role of sidekick quite well. And of course, Slugger, the calico cat with a big attitude and a lot of knowledge. Seth felt like an afterthought.
There were some nice fantasy scenes describing Trinity’s newfound powers. She proves herself to have strong magical ties without going too far into the realm of the fantastic. These abilities are grounded in ancient Egyptian beliefs, which even today are mysterious and fascinating. There are also some nice tidbits describing gods and goddesses and creatures from Egyptian mythology.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 stars