Friday, November 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketched, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  You can follow along with the rest of the tour here.


Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1)
by Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: 10/26/13

“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.

The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.

Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.


*Note: Content for Upper YA*

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MY REVIEW

I knew I had to get my hands on this book when I read the synopsis and saw it centered on Egyptian mythology, specifically the story of Isis and Osiris, which I think is one of the most resonant and beautiful myths to come out of any culture.  And Daughter of Isis did not disappoint--although it was quite a bit darker than I had expected.  In retrospect, I shouldn't have been so surprised, since the story of Isis and Osiris is also a sad and disturbing one, particularly where the god Set is involved.  Still, I was caught off-guard at first by some of the places this novel goes.  It was more than I expected for a YA novel, although not especially explicit, just some very disturbing ideas and behaviors--mind control, enslavement, domination of women, rape.  Really dark stuff.  However, the author certainly wasn't condoning any of this, and once I adjusted my mindset, my dark and weird self was totally on board.

Most of the dark subject matter in the novel revolves around the Sons of Set, an underground religious order that worships the Egyptian god Set and seems to have a large influence over the small California town of Setemple.  At the beginning of the book our heroine Natara (Natti) Stone and her father move from London to Setemple with no idea what's in store for them.  The two are fleeing London after Natara's grandmother's grisly murder, which also echoes Natti's mother's murder years earlier.  Natti has an Egyptian heritage on her mother's side, one she's reluctant to embrace, and the Egyptian influence in Setemple seems to be a random coincidence--but is it?  Who knows?

Natti immediately crosses path with Seth, a gorgeous, charming ladies' man at Setemple High, and as the story goes on we get Seth's point of view as well.  We soon learn that Seth's father is the Son of Set's current leader, and through Seth's viewpoint we get to know the inner workings of this frankly disturbing group that dedicates themselves to the Egyptian god of chaos and destruction.  As readers we know more than Natti does about the dangers she--and, frankly, all women in the town--face from the Sons of Set, and this really ups the suspense.  At first, I hated Seth as much as Natti did, and while she was mysteriously attracted by his charm at the same time, I was not.  I would have NEVER thought I'd come to like this character who uses women and takes away their ability to make their own choices...but Seth undergoes some amazing transformations through the course of this novel.  As he interacts with Natti, the first girl who doesn't immediately fall under his charms, he begins to question everything he's been indoctrinated with his entire life.  For Seth, it's not just a question of trying to please his father or live up to his family's values--if he breaks the doctrines of the Sons of Set, his entire life is at stake.  He's surrounded by a bunch of scary, despicable people, and while Seth himself is far from perfect, I found his internal struggles to be the most compelling aspect of the book.

As for Natti herself, I think her presence as an extremely strong, self-possessed character was extremely important to the book as well.  Many readers will find the way men treat women in this novel disturbing, but Natti's refusal to accept Setemple's strange ways provides a refreshing counterbalance to that.  We also come to see Natti as perhaps the strongest character in this story, just as Isis is the strongest figure in the myth of Isis, Osiris and Seth.

And, yes...the end of this book does leave us hanging.  I need the second installment as soon as possible!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate. Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.
For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.


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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for a great review - I love that you could understand Seth's dilemma. I love Natti's strength as well.

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  2. I love how you included the story of Isis and Osiris in your review, especially since that's the major backstory of the whole series. And I hope you enjoy more of the myths and legends I weave in as Seth and Natti continue their journey. :) Thank you for participating in the blog tour!

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