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Discovering Ren

(Discovering Ren #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Is the next Isis worthy of her legacy of magic?
Isadora Ambrosine is a research archaeologist at a small-town museum. She's also the new Isis, the Lady of Ten Thousand Names. When she accepts a bundle of amulets in a Cairo marketplace, her new calling will threaten her life, destroy her family, maroon her husband in the underworld, and force her to choose between revenge an
Paperback, First, 306 pages
Published February 22nd 2013 by Cogwheel Press (first published December 18th 2012)
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Ivan Amberlake
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review of DISCOVERING REN by Jennifer Eifrig

I really enjoyed reading DISCOVERING REN. It is a very entertaining, well-written manuscript in which the author vividly shows her remarkable aptitude for writing.

I’m always eager to read books where there is Egypt and its mythology. In DISCOVERING REN myths turn to reality, with the main characters transforming into powerful magical creatures.

I really loved the main character--Isadora, both before and after her magical transformation. Her faithfulnes
Paul Freeman
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isadora Ambrosine is an archaeologist with a speciality in Ancient Egypt. Charged by the director of her museum to put on an exhibition of magic in the museum, she travels to Cairo to research her subject. While walking through a packed market, she has a strange encounter with a mysterious woman who gifts her a collection of, what appear to be, ancient amulets. On her return to the US, she and her husband are attacked by a group of would be assassins, during the ensuing struggle she discovers a ...more
Bruce Hesselbach
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This wonderfully entertaining book builds to a spectacular climax. Fans of fantasy and magic will be delighted by the skill with which this talented author brings the mysteries of ancient Egypt to life.
The characters are well drawn, from the resourceful archeologist who assumes the powers of the goddess Isis, to the conniving and mentally tortured Seth, down to the minor characters such as the vastly amusing ushabtis. The scenes are so vivid that one is convinced the author must have studied a
Claire Taylor
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Eifrig
Discovering Ren

I don’t know much about Egypt, or its mythology but this book definitely got me thinking. I have no idea how much was based on actual research, but it makes for an interesting subject and the author’s passion shows through her writing.

Incredibly well written with great character development, each reader will be completely engrossed in the world that Isadora, her husband and brother in law are unexpectedly surrounded by. The writing style transports you into their
Gary Beck
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ren starts wiIth an exceptional couple who get involved with a mystery that morphs into the mysterious. When Isadora discovers she is the incarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis, she is charged with the responsibility of protecting humanity. As Isadora/Isis follows her new path, Egyptian mythology is reconciled with Christianity in the age old battle between good and evil. Magic rapidly becomes a normal part of every day life, as Isis confronts demons and monsters intent on wreaking chaos. With ...more
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book from goodreads and overall it was a fairly good book. I don't know much about Ancient Egyptian so I was confused at some of the parts; especially those involving the seven parts of Isis. I feel like if I would have known more about Egypt and their deities I would have understood the book better but the author does explain the relationship between Isis/Osiris/Set/Anubis/Nephthys. I did enjoy the story and I look forward to the next books in this series! ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Discovering Ren is the tale of Isadora, who soon learns that she is, in fact, the latest reincarnation of Isis. Some good and bad news comes with this: her husband, Max, is Osiris, and her brother-in-law is Set, a god determined to destroy the happy couple. (Important note: Ren, in Egyptian mythology, means one's true name; if you're waiting for a guy named Ren to appear, read the definition again.) Full of action, pathos, and excitement, Discovering Ren was a page-turner! You will also learn mo ...more
Sharon Hughson
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book earns 3.5 out of 5 stars from me.
I was fascinated by the Christian worldview interwoven with the ancient Egyptian mythology. It didn't seem very well-defined, but I thought it was a unique approach on magic in the contemporary world.
I really thought the characters were from the UK and was shocked to discover they lived in New York State. I'm not sure if it was the archaeology that steered me wrong or what, but there were times when both narrative and dialogue felt British.
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Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Discovering Ren is an exciting and entertaining read that’s very well written and incredibly visual. It blends Egyptian mythology, Christianity and magic together, and I ended up learning quite a lot about Egyptian mythology, which has never held my interest before.

The main character, Isadora/Isis, appears to be totally normal until a mysterious woman hands her a bag of ancient amulets while walking through the souk in Egypt. From that moment she gradually transforms into a butt-kicking goddess
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating blend of Christian and Egyptian mythology/religion/fantasy. Isadora (Dorrie) is a thoroughly engaging character, and the reader can't help but hope she and Max triumph. The author also takes care to show that even evil can be multi-faceted - and that there is always a chance for redemption. I loved the information on Egypt and the culture and beliefs of its people interwoven throughout the plot: it made me want to learn more and visit Egypt myself some day. I look forward to the ne ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable and interesting read with strong characters. Although slightly predictable in places, this did not detract from the storyline
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice use of Egyptian mythology.
David Traver Adolphus
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
So long. So very, very long.
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I'm an author, consultant, and full-time mom, living in Middletown, CT.

I love speculative fiction of all kinds, from the great sword-and-sandals epics to the grinding gears of steampunk. If it has magic, weapons, costumes, and seat-of-your-pants action, I'm in.

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