Well, I wasn't sure what to expect. For a moment I wondered what a ka-tail was and exactly what Heka could be ...but as the action packed narrative unfolded it all became clear. The author has written believable characters and placed them in a credible world set in Egypt. She writes in a clear, fluid descriptive style that gets over emotions and a sense of place extremely well. The story builds from a gentle start into a rollicking good yarn. Some characters are not what they seem and their true natures are revealed in due course. I may be a 46 year old but I absolutely loved this book. It is honest, dynamic writing that has been well thought through and this book really delivers. Any bored kids out there should download and read this. And no I am not related to the author, I just appreciate good writing for kids.
I really didn't expect a great deal from this story but it was a hugely enjoyable mixture of adventure, history, fantasy and fun which I found hard to put down. Not only that but it was well written with decent grammar, a distinct lack of typos and whilst colloquial, the narrative didn't jar. An excellent read!
Well I love ancient Egypt and everything about it ands now if possible I love it more. This book follows the story of a young boy called Senu who has been pulled into a robery of the great Pyramid of Khufu,truley amazing read and perfect undersanding of anceint Egyptian life. Now Im off to order the next one!
This is a difficult book to describe without going into too much detail. I read the first chapter before downloading and thought I would enjoy it - and I did. I am 65 and don't see that the book needs to be marketed just to teenagers, though no doubt they will enjoy it as well.
It is set in Egypt in the time of building the pyramids. The author seems to have done a good deal of research, though she didn't overload you with information. A gang working on a pyramid plan to rob the tomb of a dead Lord in a finished pyramid. However they need a young boy, Senu to distract the ka of the dead Lord. Kas are the "spirit side" of a person and live on after the person is dead.
This part reminded me of the Amber Spyglass books and I like the idea that Senu could chat to his ka and get comfort and advice from him. Senu doesn't realize he has magical powers which help him later in the book.
The story was well written and I read it in one evening. I give it 3.5 stars - a book has to be something really special for me to give 4 or 5 stars!