Book Review: The Ka by Mary Deal

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5 stars! After reading one of Mary Deal‘s novels last year, I knew I wanted to read a few more. Upon checking out the list, The Ka, seemed like the most appropriate given my interest in Egyptian history, pyramids, mummies, and curses. I was definitely not disappointed; in fact, I was rather quite intrigued to learn a whole lot more about some of the pharisees and queens during this historical period after reading the book. Kudos to Deal for making the story so interesting that I didn’t want to stop learning once I put it down.

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Not a frequent paranormal reader, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about that part of the story. Deal puts those concerns to bed rather quickly, as though there are elements of the past coming back in full force to the future in mystical ways, it’s not at all like the movie The Mummy (which I loved) where ancient creatures are chasing the archaeologists and inhabitants of Cairo. There’s something fantastical and lyrical about the way the past is connected to the current… a romance re-ignited by a common love for discovering what lurks beneath the Egyptian pyramids and a quest to survive though you’ve been hunted by your rivals.

Deal’s approach to telling the story is a slow build at first, keenly pulling in readers who become invested in a vast array of team members on this search. At the center, Chione, who has been having peculiar and vivid dreams, leads the group to discover several opportunities for finding tombs and burial chambers that no one believed existed. Is she losing her mind? Is she actually having a connection with the queen who mysteriously died in the past? Is she just playing along to try and win someone’s affection? All these thoughts and more will cross your mind as you read a well weaved story with tons of roller coast moments.

Tut is a very popular former pharaoh, but what’s the full story behind his demise, the war occurring in the lands, and his potential suitor queens. Add in the quest to become famous, find love, become a mother despite medical complications, and a need to believe in something beyond what is tangible, this book covers a great range of emotional needs and reactions to what’s happening over the course of a 4-month period. We invest in the characters as people who need to reach various goals, but we also learn all about the haunting ways of a few core Egyptian families near 4 millennia ago. It’s a fascinating story and keeps your attention in every angle or arc.

Deal has a fantastic grasp on build-up, ensuring readers’ appetites might be satiated every few chapters knowing full well the twists and surprises will come at unexpected times. The intimate knowledge revealed in this story must have been researched extensively. I’m quite impressed by the educational experience I had while reading the book — all in a good way where I enjoyed learning about the culture, interpersonal dynamics, and life experiences of several prominent Egyptians in the past. Between the descriptions of the settings and demeanor / moods of the characters, you feel like you’re in Egypt nearly two decades ago (when story takes place).

Another fine example of Deal’s work… and it’s just pushed me to pick up a third later this year. Just need to decide which one it should be… thanks for a fantastic read! I’ve done an author spotlight in the past on Mary Deal. Check out more about her books, life as an artist, and fun interview we had last year.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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21 thoughts on “Book Review: The Ka by Mary Deal

    shalini said:
    May 14, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Sounds good, Jay. This year you ARE reading different books.. I am impressed… Would you be trying hard core erotica any time soon or do you already read them (I expect your eye roll here)😉😉😂😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 14, 2018 at 12:40 PM

      Ha! I’m not sure I could get thru it… I wouldn’t say no to trying it, but yikes!

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        shalini said:
        May 14, 2018 at 12:42 PM

        Hahaha.. 😂😂 Have a safe trip. Enjoy yourself

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    fitfulfearfulphantasmal said:
    May 14, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Is this book in any way connected to the concept of “ka” as presented in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 14, 2018 at 1:58 PM

      I haven’t read that one. What’s it about?

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        fitfulfearfulphantasmal said:
        May 14, 2018 at 2:01 PM

        It’s a series of 8 books involving this man named Roland, a gunslinger, who assembles this group of strangers through fate, which is referred to as KA, on his quest to get to this Dark Tower which in some way controls all things in the multiverse. It’s really good! I’m about to finish the 3rd book out of 8. I am LOVING them. I cannot believe how good they are. It crosses so many genres into one.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 14, 2018 at 2:55 PM

        Sounds great. But nope, this is different. More about an Egyptian curse of sorts.

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    BlakeDiaz said:
    May 14, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    How long does it take you to read a book? Everytime I log in, it seems that you already have another book review. I wish I could be able to keep up like that.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 14, 2018 at 6:25 PM

      Ive has a lot of free time lately. Normally it’s two per week. 🙂

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        BlakeDiaz said:
        May 14, 2018 at 6:36 PM

        Wow!! That’s fantastic!! I wish I had as much free time as you. I enjoy reading your reviews. With every review you write it makes me want to read more books, and add more to my book bucket list as well. Keep up the amazing work. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 14, 2018 at 8:23 PM

        I appreciate it. It won’t always be like this. Was just an easy few weeks. 🙂 thank you. Good luck!

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    May 15, 2018 at 12:47 AM

    I love this setting and I feel like it’s one that isn’t explored as much nowadays! Glad to hear how good this one turned out. Especially how it conveys the world, the culture and the people with precision! Nice review, Jay.

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    Nicole (Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.) said:
    May 15, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Great review, Jay! I love the premise laid out and the way you seemed to have learned so much while also enjoying a good story definitely makes me want to pick this up.

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    Mary Deal said:
    May 18, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    I’m late in responding but I wanted to thank you, Jay, for reviewing The Ka. It’s people like you who help authors and keep the wheels going. While you are on your trip, I’m hoping that you will come back with more reviews for us to read to help us find good books, and some new stories for yourself. Can’t wait for your next book. Well, guess I have to.

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    May 18, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    I like the sound of the historical aspects of this book, Jay. Great review.

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      Mary Deal said:
      May 18, 2018 at 3:33 PM

      Hi, it’s me, the author. I spent 4 years researching 3500 years of Egyptian dynasties to find the perfect niche to weave my threads of fantasy. During that research period, I wrote two other books. Once I felt I had the right dynasty, it took another 4 years to write. I had to assure all the historical facts were current and I re-researched a lot. All the history in this book is real, as are the techniques to finding and clearing a tomb, etc., etc. It’s all correct, except for my little threads of fantasy woven in through the lives of the Ancients. There is a 15-20 page glossary at the back of the book. Lots of things needed explaining but they were not necessarily part of the story. So the Glossary served to back up the mention of a person or place or act, etc. Now, how I came up with the story is another story entirely.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 19, 2018 at 6:18 PM

      Definite fun and educational one. Hi from Italy.

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    I love Egyptian history and mythology so I’m definitely going to be checking out this author. Stellar review Jay!

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    Tjohnson said:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:57 PM

    Awesome review !

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