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.
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.
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