According to Egyptian history, in 1323 BC, Egypt's youngest pharaoh died at the age of nineteen after ruling his country for a decade. You may think yAccording to Egyptian history, in 1323 BC, Egypt's youngest pharaoh died at the age of nineteen after ruling his country for a decade. You may think you know the true story of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun and of ancient Egypt, but what if the actual story didn't end quite the way you had always believed? Suffused with love; permeated with conspiracy; and immersed in treason - Tutankhamun's spectacular story unfolds in a myriad of surprising ways; ways that you can't even begin to imagine. As a matter of fact, what if Tutankhamun's story never ended at all?
After the Pharaoh Akhenaton is murdered, his nine-year-old son Tutankhamun succeeds him to become the new pharaoh. Right from the beginning of his reign, the boy king faces many enemies and struggles to prove himself even to his own councilors. Although he eventually becomes capable enough to vanquish the numerous enemies who threaten his kingdom, Tutankhamun may never actually defeat the enemy that resides within his own palace.
When the pharaoh falls in love for the first time in his life, the woman who captures his heart wields an awesome power indeed. Yet Tutankhamun has always had to make difficult decisions and to sacrifice his own personal happiness in order to protect Egypt. He realizes fairly quickly that when matters of the heart and the duties of the pharaoh are in conflict - his duties toward Egypt must always take precedence over his emotions.
When the cruel Pharaoh Khufu is resurrected, and becomes a vessel for the god of Chaos, Tutankhamun faces an impossible situation. He must fight this usurper of his throne - the embodiment of true Chaos - but does he have the strength and wisdom to fight against such fantastical deities and unimaginable odds? He must call upon the powers of the gods Horus, Thoth, Ra and Anhur to aid him in the impending battle, and in order to save the woman he loves and the people of his kingdom.
I have always enjoyed reading historical fantasy as long as the chosen historical era is accurately portrayed. I also enjoy reading anything about King Tutankhamun and his reign. In my opinion, Tut Reborn by Cyci Cade is a fascinating glimpse into the culture of ancient Egypt. I was also just as intrigued to see how Egyptian mythology could be woven into this story as a plausible yet equally fantastic element of the plot. I would certainly give this book an A!...more
When Nicole Cassidy and her family first moved to the small town of Kinsley, Massachusetts from sunny Georgia, she initially thought that the most unuWhen Nicole Cassidy and her family first moved to the small town of Kinsley, Massachusetts from sunny Georgia, she initially thought that the most unusual thing that she would have to deal with would probably be the sudden change in the weather. Well that, and the close proximity of Kinsley to the town of Salem. Of course, all that superstitious nonsense about witches and witchcraft just isn't real - no matter what the townspeople may believe. However, right from the first day at her new school, Nicole is in for a terrible shock - and is soon swept up into a secret world that she never knew existed.
Nicole believes that she is nothing more than a typical teenager. She has absolutely no special powers whatsoever - she's just an ordinary, average girl who has recently moved to Kinsley with her mom, dad and younger sister, Becca. However, according to her new teacher - who insists that she call him Darius - Kinsley is a town of many secrets...full of magic and extremely dangerous mythical monsters. As a matter of fact, Darius' own home room is a clever cover for a secret coven of witches.
Apparently, in the town of Kinsley, witches are absolutely real. They are actually superior beings who use their powers to shield themselves from ordinary humans and to protect humanity from danger. What Nicole doesn't realize about herself is that she actually does have some pretty extraordinary powers - powers given to her directly from the Greek gods themselves. Although she is doing her best to adjust to her newfound heritage, Nicole has no idea of how much that heritage will soon be tested.
During an evening magical practice session - cunningly disguised as a teacher-guided astronomy study session at Darius' house - the Olympian Comet shoots across the night sky. Darius' students are the only witnesses to a cosmic event that has been foretold through the words of an ancient prophecy. While the majority of the students under Darius' tutelage don't necessarily experience anything out of the ordinary, for Nicole and four other students: Chris, Kate, Blake and Danielle - their powers become subtly enhanced to include mastery over the five elements - Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Aether.
While the five new friends struggle to control their newly-awakened powers, they can't even begin to realize that the words of the prophecy are being fulfilled in other ways as well. With the arrival of the comet, the walls of a multitude of different dimensions have been stretched to their very limits. In fact, the portal to a dimension that has kept the mythological creatures known as the Titans imprisoned for centuries, has been severely weakened. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake; it falls to them and the others within their circle to decipher the ancient prophecy and to follow the cryptic clues that are revealed in order to save their town...and possibly the entire world.
I must say that I have always enjoyed reading stories based on Greek mythology. Actually, The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow was just the sort of story that I frequently enjoy reading. I found that this story was intriguing, exciting and well-developed. It captured my attention right away, and I avidly wanted to know what would happen next to the characters. I look forward to reading more in this series in the very near future, and I would certainly give this book a definite A+!...more
Sixteen-year-old Leslie Braithwaite and her brother Gerry; nicknamed Boy, and sixteen-year-old Betty Scott and her brother John; nicknamed J. S. are gSixteen-year-old Leslie Braithwaite and her brother Gerry; nicknamed Boy, and sixteen-year-old Betty Scott and her brother John; nicknamed J. S. are getting ready to start the school term at both 'Raven Abbey School For Girls' and its counterpart: 'Friars School For Boys'. The mystery begins approximately a week before school starts, when the four friends decide to go sightseeing around the town. They happen to meet someone who they all know rather well, but who acts like he doesn't recognize them. While this chance meeting is certainly a very curious occurrence, Leslie, Boy, Betty and J. S. have no way of knowing just how much this meeting will prove to be the catalyst for a mystery that will eventually involve both Raven Abbey and Friars.
While Leslie and Betty must contend with various petty squabbles, directing the mid-term co-ed school drama, and scheduling hockey tryouts; Boy and J. S. find themselves embroiled in a strange case of possible embezzlement. Soon, Leslie and Betty are also drawn into their own investigation - that of the rumored sightings of Victoria Maitland - a former Raven Abbey student from the Class of 1899, who reputedly drowned in 1900. When a person of interest is discovered to have a ties to both Raven Abbey and Friars, Betty and Leslie must help their brothers to solve both mysteries.
I just have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book. I've had it on my bookcase for over twenty years - and despite starting to read it several times over the years - I have only managed to finish it recently. I don't know exactly what it was that caused me to spend so much time reading this book, but I still found it quite intriguing, if somewhat dated.
I did have some trouble getting into this story, as the characters nicknames were slightly strange to me, but I suppose that since this book was written in 1952 - my feelings are to be expected. Having said that, this is definitely a book that I want to keep on my bookshelf. Reading it was a pleasant trip back into my childhood and I would give this book an A!...more
Malachi Doyle is the King's Lord Vocent - a man of many talents and very few fears. His responsibilities to king and kingdom are many: as protector, rMalachi Doyle is the King's Lord Vocent - a man of many talents and very few fears. His responsibilities to king and kingdom are many: as protector, royal investigator and assassin, the trusted right hand of King Renault, himself. Indeed as the most valued asset in Wilhaiim, Malachi has become much beloved by the king, and truly indispensable. And until he met Avani of the cursed village of Stonehill Downs, Mal had always believed himself to be the last of his kind - a magus with the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead.
When Mal receives an urgent summons to return home to his native province of Selkirk, he reluctantly sets out to make the journey. However, the kingdom of Wilhaiim is left vulnerable when the magus and his young page, Liam, are ambushed and seized from the bustling seaport of Selkirk. As the two hostages battle for their lives on board a ship bound for the fractured kingdom of Roue - a warring kingdom across the Long Sea - Malachi soon learns that Roue is a kingdom in need of its own magus; willing to resort to such desperate measures to acquire one.
To make matters worse, a springtime plague is spreading rapidly through Wilhaiim and decimating the population. While it is believed that the sickness is being caused by some natural contagion - and nothing more mysterious than that - the situation is no less dangerous in the realm of the fair folk. Beneath the earth the sidhe have been preparing for war; but otherwise have kept to themselves for the past year.
A year ago, a majority of the residents living in the village formerly known as Stonehill Downs were murdered, and the entire village razed to ground by dark magic. While many others believe the land is now cursed, Avani - one of the very few survivors - nevertheless has been working diligently with certain members of the sidhe to rebuild her home. However after she receives devastating news of Mal's abduction from his own home province, Avani reluctantly steps into his position as Wilhaiim's magus.
Her allies are few and treachery may surround her - but despite hearing a myriad of conflicting reports to the contrary - she is beyond certain that Mal is still alive. Avani's own innate talents tell her that much. However, while her powers as a magus may be wholly unreliable and completely untested, will she ultimately be able to use them appropriately - to keep Wilhaiim, as well as herself - safe?
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to Stonehill Downs: A Novel by Sarah Remy. While I was only slightly disappointed that the two main characters spent the majority of the story apart, I soon came to understand that this distance actually enhanced their separate storylines. In my opinion, this was definitely a dramatic sequel - one which moved the story along at a surprising pace. I was intrigued by this story and appreciated the further development of the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future and would certainly give Across the Long Sea an A!...more
When Kaitlin Meyer first decided to run away with the father of her son, she thought she was doing the right thing for her child. Granted, her son's fWhen Kaitlin Meyer first decided to run away with the father of her son, she thought she was doing the right thing for her child. Granted, her son's father Jason was a recently-turned vampire hunter, whose own cousin Cassie Scot had once warned Kaitlin - as her best friend - to stay far away from him. Yet Kaitlin sincerely believed that baby Jay deserved to have his father in his life, even if Jason was a vampire.
However, after Jason invites her to join him in eternal life, Kaitlin slowly comes to understand that she could not have been more wrong in her decision. Obviously, no matter how much Kaitlin wants to deny the truth of it - Jason just isn't Jason anymore. So, five months after running away with him, Kaitlin finds herself on the run again. This time, she's running from Jason; his sire, Xavier - a vampire who has existed for over two centuries, and is rumored to be the most difficult to kill - and another recently-turned vampire named Sara; who had once been Jay's nanny as well as Kaitlin's only human friend.
Terrified for her young son's life, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters' Guild. Kaitlin realizes that no matter how much they may dislike her, the members of this particular Hunters' Guild cannot possibly deny sanctuary to Jay - especially not once they learn that Jay is actually the son of one of their most prolific hunters, Jason. However, even though both she and Jay are treated well, Kaitlin still senses that something is not entirely right.
She can't put her finger on what it is, exactly - but the hunters' treatment of herself and Jay seems almost too conciliatory. It would seem that these hunters have their own plans for Jay, and those plans may or may not include Kaitlin. So, her hopes for continued safety are soon shattered. However, when Kaitlin runs into Matthew Blair - an old nemesis with an agenda of his own - she dares to hope for a new escape.
Matthew Blair is the scion of one of the most well-connected political families in the town of Eagle Rock, and his father is the town's mayor. Although the Blair family doesn't exactly advertise their magical abilities; each member is actually extraordinarily adept at creating illusions and other forms of magical mentalism. Matthew, himself, is an extremely powerful telepath. The closer Kaitlin gets to Matthew, the more she realizes just how much she will need his help to escape with her son.
However, that doesn't necessarily mean that Kaitlin trusts the mind mage. She has seen the aftermath of Matthew's mental manipulations firsthand, and so worries about the safety of her own secrets. Matthew Blair may well be a savvy politician, but he also is an extremely dangerous man to know - capable of using his position and power to help others, but only if that assistance ultimately benefits Matthew Blair. And Kaitlin's own past is full of dark secrets she has no intention of ever revealing...to anyone.
This is actually the second standalone book of Ms. Amsden's that I've had the pleasure of reading. Kaitlin's Tale is a companion book to the books of the Cassie Scot Series, and continues the story of Cassie's best friend, Kaitlin Mayer. The story follows Kaitlin's various trials and tribulations, as she falls in love with Cassie's arch-nemesis.
In my opinion, this story further develops the character and story of Kaitlin Meyer; not that she wasn't already well-developed to begin with as a character within the Cassie Scot Series. Kaitlin just seems to be less needful of a relationship within her own story. I would definitely give this book an A! Although I'm not sure if there are going to be more stories set within Ms. Amsden's world, I can certainly hope that there will be more to come in the future....more
Maggie Watson is a forty-something widow living on her own in the same cottage in Bennington, Vermont where she had happily raised her family. ConceivMaggie Watson is a forty-something widow living on her own in the same cottage in Bennington, Vermont where she had happily raised her family. Conceivably, she is content to continue living in her picturesque little cottage with her cat Snickers for the rest of her days. However, with the death of her husband three years before and the recent departure of her daughter Emily for college - Maggie is suffering pangs of 'Empty Nest Syndrome'. She is also beginning to recognize that she has reached a brand new chapter in the story of her life, and is looking to make some sort of change.
She just wasn't expecting to make that change quite so soon. Maggie is surprised to learn that she has recently inherited some property from her aunt Evelyn. Apparently, her aunt has bequeathed to Maggie a stately nineteenth-century Colonial-style mansion, Sedgwick Manor, as well as the adjacent antique store - Carriage House Antiques - a charming little shop located in the seaside town of Somerset Harbor, Maine. Maggie has always dreamed of owning an antique store and discovering the various different stories that each particular item can tell.
However, she never suspected that some of those stories just might become relevant to her own life. While separating the inventory for the store and going through her aunt's various personal effects, Maggie discovers a photograph of her aunt hidden in the backing of an old mirror. She is astonished by the story apparently being told by this particular photo: because it's an impossible story; one full of mystery, danger and intrigue. Standing beside her aunt in the recent photograph is her Uncle George...a man who died twenty years ago.
Having enlisted the help of the members of the historical society - ladies who all knew Evelyn well - and James Bennett, an historic preservationist and handsome bachelor; Maggie begins her investigation into her aunt's final months. What she subsequently discovers about her Aunt Evelyn, as well as her Uncle George's past is disturbing to her. As her search for clues continues, it quickly becomes abundantly clear to Maggie that she is not the only person looking for answers. Someone desperately wants to know just what Maggie knows...and just how she knows it.
Cryptic messages and warnings are being left inside Sedgwick Manor, personal effects are being rifled through, and a U. S. Marshal arrives in town asking some very unsettling questions. Maggie soon realizes that this mystery is more serious than she first thought - deadly serious. She honestly can't help but wonder if she is ultimately doing the right thing; or should she just forget about everything, sell the property, and escape back to the safety of Vermont. While she believes that this would probably be the most appropriate course of action, Maggie can't forget what her aunt always said: "antiques are filled with stories - secrets just waiting to be discovered."
Maggie finds herself finally understanding what her aunt meant - she definitely wants to satisfy her own curiosity about this particular mystery. Will Maggie be able to make sense of it all before it's too late? And is Somerset Harbor really the best place to start this new chapter in her life?
First of all, let me say that I really enjoyed reading this book. I haven't actually read that many cozy mysteries before, and would like to see where this series will eventually lead. I found the characters to be fairly well-developed and the mystery certainly held my attention all the way through. However, having said that, I have to admit that I became slightly confused by the uneven pacing of the mystery. All in all though, I would definitely give this book a B+!...more