Name of Ra (Descendants of Isis #3) by Kelsey Ketch
Published: November 11th 2015
Read Date: September 30th 2017
Stars: 3.75 that sums 4/5
“Set has risen.”
After being on the run from a psychotic cult for a week, Natara “Natti” Stone has finally come to realize she and Seth are the only two people standing between the Sons of Set and the secret name of Ra. Holding a part of the key that unlocks Ra’s power, they relocate to a more isolated location in the California mountains. While laying low, Natti becomes even more determined to understand her mother’s bloodline and her blessing from the goddess, Isis. But when she starts seeing the truth behind her destiny, she begins to doubt her role in the events that are about to unfold.
Then the unthinkable happens . . .
All Seth O’Keefe wanted was to get Natti as far away from his father and the Sons of Set as possible. Unfortunately, after hearing of Natti’s destiny from Isis’s own lips, he realizes they have bigger issues to worry about. Especially when one stupid slip up leads the god of chaos himself straight to their doorstep. Now Natti is the god’s prisoner, and Set holds the key to unlocking the location of the secret name of Ra. Can Seth save Natti from her own destiny and thwart the demented god’s rise to power?
*Note: Content for Upper YA*
Last book of the series and I was so excited to see what happens in the book. How the prophecy was going to work and what Seth and Natti will do. It was the puzzle that I could not put together with Natti’s constant whim as nonbeliever and Seth’s overprotective nature and firm decision of not solving the puzzle. Rise of Set, Natti prisoner of Set and Seth on his constant effort of protecting Natti, but of course cannot change the destiny. With all that finding Name of Ra looked even more impossible.
“How could she, or even Seth- two love-struck, mortal teenagers- fight a monster like that?”
Seth was overprotective, arrogant, and egoistic, even hid things from Natti that he should not. Because of his overprotective nature lead him to do stupid things and gave Set a clue to how to find them. Till this point I was little disappointed by his actions. I don’t understood how Natti was cooperating his dominant nature which was opposite herself. But after that point I so liked him.
Natti– I’m not happy with heroine. She is main reason I have cut the stars. How much proof a person needs to start believing the things going on around her and take it seriously! All she was whiny emotional teenage girl, that worked in wrong way except the end or during her visits in Duat. I just can’t believe she was letting a God of chaos control over few things and even believing his lies. Uh, I don’t like her. All I wanted for her was to fight even though he was a God and she couldn’t possibly win against him but I wanted her to at least use her little bit of power or whatever it takes to fight.
The only person I liked most in the book except Seth, was Anubis. I won’t say more about him but he is the only underworld God whom I like in mythologies.
Set– most terrifying antagonist I have read in any book. This dude will achieve higher rank among villains. He made my blood boiling whenever I was reading chapters including this character.
“Tell me, does it not feel that no matter how much logic you fill your head with, your heart still feels what it feels?… It is the root of all thought and emotions. The hidden consciousness which dictate our character.”
Warning– If you decide to read this book, first join anger management classes and then read this, this way you can also decide whether those classes are as effective as they claim. Because I assure you antagonist of this book can make you go crazy with rage.
Book was narrated from the perspective of Seth, Natti, and Set alternatively. Again, like second book, the narration from antagonist’s POV gave the idea about his mindset and also gave hints on what will happen next. I liked writing in whole series, it’s captivating that I somehow forgot mention before.
Connection between Seth and Natti and their love for each other was indefinable, specifically Seth’s devotion for Natti was so adorable. When Seth said he was loyal to no God but only Natti, that dude just won my heart right there and then.
Mythology, of course was best in the book. Loved the tales told by Anubis, about Isis, his birth, his real father, and issues between Ma’at and Isis. That whole part I honestly didn’t know. It was new to me and so damn interesting. Other fact about Set before he actually turned toward darkness, the information Set gave to Natti, and Ma’at’s promise was shocking. The whole tale by leader of scorpion was awesome. I could see author’s full on research for this book. Such interesting tales makes me read this genre more and more. In short, there was good amount of mythology.
Their journey toward the Name of Ra, around last 40% of the book and the worldbuilding in that part, the way story was going, and twists in this portion was mind blowing. If the whole book would be like that I would have given full stars for sure. One thing I learned that God surely works in mysterious ways and I can’t believe how much family dramas Gods have themselves. Humans are exactly like them only we lack is immortality and gifts. 😉
“This was becoming more twisted than a Greek tragedy.”
There was so much mystery in the book- The nightmare, Flail and Crook, prophecy, Gods, Name of Ra. Character’s emotional status made it so unpredictable. But the end of the book, I guess that I predicted very early, may be in second book or before, I knew this was going to happen in the end but little differently. Even though I enjoyed reading it. And that little twist about Ra and myth at the end, just loved it.
As I said heroine were disappointing. I expected heroine stronger at least in this final book but she was not. And Epilogue- I wanted to read more in that like what happened to Mandy and in temple of Setemple.
Overall, fast paced, interesting mythology. Could be more good if heroine was strong and smart. Even though, I enjoyed reading most of part of the book. I definitely like to read more from this author.
You can buy Name of Ra here:
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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.
For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.
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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. Thanks to author and Lola. ***
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Happy Reading! 🙂
Yes, it made sense but I am a distract reader sometimes, so for me it’s not the best thing, but it made sense, thanks for the explanation! 🙂
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I understand. You’re welcome! 🙂
Hi! I love mythology and this series seems interesting. I think it’s a strange author’s choice to name the villain and one of the MC with similar name, and I’m sorry to read that the heorine was disappointing in some parts, but I’m glad that you enjoyed this series 🙂
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Thank you Susy! Set (villain) was a God and the other MC Seth was a follower of Set by birth in the book, that’s why named after the God. So it made sense. And Seth is another name of Set. Like Gods have many different names so it’s one of them. This was actually told in this last book of the series as well. 🙂
I actually loved overall story but not character, this is happening a lot in last few books I read. 🙂