Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1) by Kelsey Ketch
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: October 26th 2013
Read Date: September 10th 2017
“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.
Warning– There was misbehaving enslaving, taking advantage of girls with manipulation and deception which was very disturbing. It was not going all dirty but enough to take your imagination to those dirty part that may make you unnerving. So brace up. It’s for upper YA.
The book was about Daughter of Isis. Ugh! I know that was obvious. Apart from that about Sons of Set, mythology connecting the pieces of the story, and finding secret behind necklace and forbidden love with bone chilling nail-biting thrill. The book is narrated by two main characters- Natti and Seth. I liked to read this book through their POV.
Natti was having hard time in shifting to totally unknown city with Egyptian buildings and culture from which she was trying run away because it reminds her of her maternal heritage that had taken life of her mother and grandmother. Moreover it was the city of Sons of Set (God of Chaos), bunch of chaotic rich people and their brats and one of them was our second main character Seth. So you see where this is going? Let me tell you about characters in detail and what I thought about them.
In this book there were more antagonists than good characters and so less to like about characters. Good characters were Natti’s father and her friends at Setemple High school. I liked Wanda. She didn’t have that big side character role but I think there was a hint she might have big role in next books of the series. Oh later I came to know she was blogger too. Nice, right?
Natti– She was good throughout the book. Smart and beautiful and walking lie detector. She even knew how to take care of herself in wild parties. At some point she started to show her typical heroine side which was annoying at some point but overall she was good. Her father was cool. I liked him right from the first chapter but he had very less role to play.
Seth– our second main character. Ahh! He was one complicated character of the book whom I couldn’t understand until certain point. I couldn’t decide whether to consider him protagonist and antagonist! Because most of the time I just wanted to punch him on the face. His friends were no better. His character development was good and I could understand him much better as I progressed in the book. At the end I don’t blame him as the antagonist was his own father and he was brought up as Son of Set.
Antagonists– They gave tough time to our poor Natti. Of course what they did was highly unacceptable but as antagonist they were brilliant and created real chaos in the book.
And final, my most favorite character of the book. Natti’s cat– Bestet. After reading Rick Riorden’s Kane Chronicle, I thought I will see this cat converting in this book too, but alas! Nothing like that happened. Anyway, that cat was smartest and coolest in the book. I so loved it.
I liked first half of the book about all the college stuff Natti’s new-school-girl struggle with jerk on her tail all the time (Yeah, I’m looking at you Seth). Oh and there was mention of ‘The Great Gatsby’. I haven’t read that book but watched movie last month so I knew the story and I liked reading the facts about author in this book. Conversation between characters was logical, realistic and not typical YA type or just meh.
Two main things were best in the book and I will give all stars for. First and obvious, mythology. Second, tight tense grip of the book.
The concept and mythology was amazing. At around 40% of the book I got to read the famous story of Isis, Osiris and Set. I loved reading this story, the narration of it was very captivating. I remembered half of that story and rest I recalled after reading it. What I didn’t knew was the later part of this myth that came during climax. I got all answers I needed at that point and it was mesmerizing.
There was lot of tightness in the book right from the beginning. The death of grandmother, coming to unknown, meeting son of Set and falling in love with him was enough to keep me on the edge all the time. The gifts of the antagonist made them so powerful and the things they did with those powers, the rituals they performed in temple was creepy and then worshiping Set made the darkness within them even more horrible. I was constantly worried for Natti.
I knew from first few chapters where this story was going and I could guess what might happen. And I was right for most of the things. The only thing I didn’t know was ‘how’ and ‘when’ those thing will happen in the book. Discovering how author will write those turning points was fun and thrilling in the book.
I will separate ‘twist and turns’ phrase for this book. There was definitely turns but no okay, one twists. The story was pretty predictable till climax. The climax was the only thing that surprised me and events after that till the end. Even though, story was predictable I just enjoyed the book.
First thing that came in my mind was, why no hieroglyphic pictures and their meaning!! What fun is there when you’re reading Egyptian mythology and there is no hieroglyphs pictured in that!! I would have loved to see those graphics along with text.
Second – Characters specially Natti. I was literally yelling at her at few point when she started acting so typical naïve heroine. Even though she knew she should not fall for him, she did exactly the same thing. Isn’t this very common and so typical in this type of story!
And cover. It’s not that intimidating. The cover of the book Natti’s father was writing was more interesting than this.
I have this one question. It’s not really possible they just by chance came to city of Sons of Set. Somebody might have done this intentionally (yeah, my detective mind is working). So let’s see if that’s true or not in the next book of the series ‘Son of Set’. I’m going to read all the books of this series.
Overall, interesting mythical stories, thrilling forbidden romance and scary chaotic antagonists. Just perfect. Oh and super-fast rocket speed book. I surely recommend this book to those who would love read this type of story.
You can find Daughter of Isis on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17975812-daughter-of-isis
You can buy Daughter of Isis here:
– Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Isis-Descendants-Kelsey-Ketch-ebook/dp/B00G1506CA
– Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughter-of-isis-kelsey-ketch/1116884871?ean=9781492300687
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– Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/430273
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.
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*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author, via Lola’s Blog Tour, in exchange for an honest review. Many Thanks to the author and Lola. ***
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