Published: 22nd October 2016
Author: Zoe Kalo
NOTE TO READERS: “Korian and Lucy: Part II” is NOT a novel. It is a companion short story (about 9,000 words) to ‘Daughter of the Sun’ (Cult of the Cat Book 1). It’s meant to be read AFTER ‘Daughter of the Sun’ and “Korian and Lucy Part I,” otherwise you won’t get the full meaning or references to characters.
It’s January on the Island of Cats and Lucy is secretly pregnant. Her love for Korian is as invincible as ever. Together, they experience the magic of their baby’s movement for the first time.
But the raging Marmara waters and stormy skies match the turbulent state of Lucy’s soul. Isis continues to haunt her dreams. Her aunt’s new ruby ring sends a chill of suspicion up her spine. Scorpions crawl on the edge of her mind… Could Korian be right? Was her aunt involved in his mother’s death?
When Lucy is forced to reveal her pregnancy, she discovers she’s not the only one with news, for her mother and her aunt both have astonishing revelations of their own…
In a world that wants to pull them apart, Korian and Lucy must do everything in their power to stay together.
This short story is set five months before the birth of Trinity. It is again told through Korian’s POV and then through Lucy’s diary entries. You do really need to read these in order, and have read Daughter of the Sun first, or you won’t really know what is going on.
Oh now things have got a little bit more interesting. Clues where mentioned in Daughter of the Sun that the three would need to work together and it looks like we get a clue as to who they might be. We also get a glimpse into Korian’s life and how his father and Bithiah, her aunt, know each other. There’s a dark past with them involving the death of his mother but to what purpose? Red seems to be the colour of choice for Bithiah, which we learned in Daughter of the Sun, but we get a first look at something she acquired through dark means.
The prophecy gets explained a bit more through Lucy’s diary entries. Her mothers time is spent trying to decipher the papyrus to get all the answers they need. Cats galore are still present throughout – which being a cat person I love. They are very intuitive creatures and can sense when something isn’t quite right. Love when Lucy writes that Isis said she was going to send someone to protect her and she replies ‘I already have’. I think its clear who she sent to keep an eye on her.
We end at not so much of a cliff-hanger but a pivotal moment before the final chapter takes place. It’s almost like a count down until Trinity is born. One you want to read but also slow down, as you know the outcome for the parents isn’t good. Danger is brewing on the island and it seems Isis isn’t the only god playing a part with human lives. The island itself is taking its share of the turbulent emotions running amuck but soon they will be heading to London. It will become the end of their story but the beginning of what’s to come. Lets see how it all plays out.
Both part I and II are short reads but still manage to keep you intrigued for what’s to come next. Best read together though I felt. Lets see what Part III has in store.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from Author Assistant for my honest review.