Title: Daughter of Isis
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #2
Genre: Ya, retelling, fantasy, romance
Source: Arc, ebook
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.
This book was a pleasant surprise!
I had a high expectation for this book, because I am a Rick Riordan fan, which generally resulted me to be a master at Egyptian mythology, thanks to The Kane Chronicles. So when I saw this book to be based off Egyptian mythology I was just like:
I haven't had the best luck with books like these recently; all the books I've read like this were a pretty big disappointment, and didn't show me anything except for why they're only indie published or self-published, and not that popular.
But this book was actually a story with depths, and pretty well-written romance and pleasant main characters.
I was originally expecting another indie-published story with an oh-no-not-again story, a poor attempt at a strong, independent, feisty heroine, and a classic boring written bad-boy.
The mythology was very accurate (thank god), but that is minor. What really impressed me is how much...depth is in the story. It didn't follow the 'classic pattern' for fantasy paranormal books. There were some depths in the story, mystery and unveiling which I really enjoyed.
There were occasional moments that Natti got on my nerves, like when Seth told her to say in the car because he was trying to protect her from his father, and he just wouldn't listen because, why would she? I understand she's supposed to be a little bit stubborn (and she doesn't know why Seth is telling her to stay in the car), but it was still...annoying.
This book had a reasonable amount of sex (not actual sex, just mentions), drugs, and alcohol. The author portrayed the sons of Set very well. They were actually evil, and Seth's friends (the other sons of Set) tried to drug rape Natti for Seth. This also leads me to Seth.
Seth's portrayal is excellent in this book. The author showed us his slightly twisted mindset (for being the sons of Set) on positive things such as love, and we watch his progression to change because of his growing feelings toward Natti. Because of this we end up with a very realistic character with depths. We can see him as a broken person, and a boy who could've been good, if raised in different circumstances.
I would actually say that this book is slow-paced. I feel that way through the slowly revealed mysteries and how Natti didn't know the truth about who she really is until the end of the book. Seth and Natti's relationships were also not too fast paced as well.
Overall, this book is a wonderfully pleasant surprise, and was a pretty well-written book indies wise. I shall honorably give this book four stars.