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Per-Bast: A Tale of Cats in Ancient Egypt

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Ramesses III, Egypt's last great pharaoh, has saved the empire from countless incursions, but after many wars the kingdom is on the brink of bankruptcy. Labour strife, shifting allegiances, and now a deadly plague threaten to bring a close to Egypt's Golden Age. Amidst these troubles, a raging fire takes the life of the high priest of Karnak Temple. Neferure's love, Sahu, ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 23rd 2014 by Kielo Publishing (first published July 23rd 2007)
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David Watson
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most popular subjects for historical fiction novels is Ancient Egypt. This is probably because of the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx along with other monuments which still stand. Through hieroglyphs on the walls of tombs we have learned a lot about Egyptian mythology and what life was like in ancient times. Most historical novels look at life during this period from a human perspective but we know that Egyptians worshiped cats, so it would make sense to have a novel about Ancient Egy ...more
Iset
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat-lovers
First thing’s first; WOW is this book expensive to buy nowadays! I picked it up for a cheap and reasonable price when it first came out, but if you look for this book on Amazon, it goes for astronomical prices these days – my guess is because it looks like a self-published book and there was probably a very limited run on it. Per-Bast is a fairly short book, at 200 pages, and this looks like this is Lara-Dawn Stiegler’s only novel, which is a shame, as I enjoyed it a lot, but I guess it didn’t h ...more
Sheila
A convincing cat-like point of view flows smoothly, through nicely imagined social structures and well-researched Egyptian history and mythology, in Lara-Dawn Stiegler’s Perbast. But plague is approaching Thebes, and plot and deception ensue. The cats, both housecats and strays, will have to choose sides under the shade of Karnak’s beautiful shining walls, where nicely nuanced questions of protection versus cure makes this truly a novel of the past with a message for today. It’s a novel of cats ...more
Elaine Carass
I really loved this book. I as a little dubious at first, not really sure it would work out but as usual cats steal the book and it was perfect.
The action started more or less from the start and you get introduced to characters only when they are brought into the story so no pages of character background that isn't needed.
The characters who are mainly all cats living during the rein of Ramamses III and are facing a plague that starts by killing of the strays while the house cats remain safeish.
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Daphne Bois
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a vibrant and unique view of the Ancient Egypt of Ramesses III – for the point of view of a cat. I found this angle absolutely delightful, but the author also knows just how to tell a superb story of adventure, danger and intrigue. The clear research that went to writing this book adds another dimension to the writing, and the story just came alive for me as I was reading it. The writing style is spot-on, and there are some truly moving passages.

As Neferure deals with the deat
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I enjoyed this story of cats and magic in ancient Egypt, up until the end. I felt that someone didn't edit the last 4 or 5 chapters, as there were several typos, some annoying punctuation errors, and action scenes that, to me, were not clearly written. Still, I do like a good cat story, and the author seemed to have done her research. She successfully evoked the Egyptian way of life and thought back in the time of Ramses II. I liked the blend of magic and ordinary life that the cats lived in. I ...more
Dlytle
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Inexpensive (maybe free?) Kindle book that was mildly entertaining, but far from great. Intrigue in the temple and an attempt to restore the evil god of darkness to power is discovered by a cat, who, along with a very few trusted friends, battles the gods and saves the sun. The historical facts seem accurate, and the caste system in the cat kingdom was interesting, as was the reason cats now have nine lives. Definitely a different perspective on the life and times.
Janne
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Purrfectly cute cats-eye view fantasy from ancient Egypt.
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