Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat Book 1)
Published: 1st April 2016
Author: Zoe Kalo
Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.
But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.
Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.
CULT OF THE CAT – Series Blurb
According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.
But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world.
In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. And discover they’re the only force able to stop the evil god Apophis from enslaving humanity.
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a beautiful cover. If you like cats, Ancient Egyptian mythology and history, mystery and intrigue then this is the book for you. Luckily I like all the above so this was a great book for me to get stuck into.
Trinity has grown up in a convent all her life after being abandoned as a newborn on its steps. She doesn’t like to see the cruelty of others and can be very hot headed, so when she sees the convent bully tormenting a cat, one that she’s come to like, she goes right over to sort her out. Talking doesn’t work though so she ends up punching her in the face; the cat gets a few scratches in too! Unfortunately for her though the nuns just happened to come back out at that moment and not before when Beth was pulling a cord around the cats neck. She is called in to see Mother Superior and goes straight on the offensive to explain what really happened not realising that’s not why she was called in. A strange feeling comes over her before she notices another woman in the room. She gets a shock when she finds out the reason behind her being there. She has a grandmother Margaret, one who has been looking for her for years and now wants her to come home. A sense of malevolence is coming from the messenger Dr Nassri though but she has no reason behind where it is coming from – yet! Before she leaves, only when they are alone, Mother Superior gives her a letter that was left with her as a baby. Something she feels she needs to keep secret and safe for it holds a mystery. Now she has to leave almost straight away. She is excited and a little scared but more than anything she doesn’t want to leave her best friend Brianna behind. She is a little hurt that Brianna isn’t there when she gets in the limo to say goodbye but gets a pleasant surprise when the cat she had saved earlier – soon to be called Slugger – jumps in with her, Brianna might be closer than you think. She is thinking there is no chance she can keep her until Dr Nassri says ‘What’s one more’. She only understands this when she gets to the island. It’s called the Island of Cats and is full of them. They outnumber humans 3 to 1 I think, definitely only an island for those who love cats – dog lovers I think will have to get your own island.
Trinity’s first impressions of the island are that of beauty from the scenery and its people – well that is right up to before a guy on a jet ski goes past splashing water all over her. All she wants to do now, other than dry off, is talk to her grandmother. She needs answers but doesn’t get what she was expecting. Her grandmother is very sick; something she thinks she can help with from one of her many personal mysteries she has carried for years. Her grandmother does get to speak to her but only for a moment and only long enough for her to tell Trinity that the three of them must work together. Trinity has no idea what that is meant to mean and other than a ring her grandmother passes over to her she doesn’t know what to think. Deep in the first night there she decides to try and get back into see her grandmother to see if she can heal her only to be stopped by Dr Nassri – who seems to appear as if from nowhere after Trinity sees what looks to be an outline of a big black cat. The news is bad when she wakes in the morning though as she fines her grandmother has died.
With her grandmother gone she fears she will never get the answers she seeks. But being an inquisitive person it doesn’t take long before she starts looking for the answers herself. Along the way she gets help from her ‘cousin’ Ara. She might come off as stuck up to begin with but it’s just a front. Once she gets to know her she realises she isn’t the only one who has been kept in the dark all her life.
There seems to be only one distraction for Trinity, slowing her down from finding out what is happening to her and what is going on with the islands secrets. And that comes in the form of Seth – the boy who happened to soak her with the jet ski her first day there. She is drawn to him in a way foreign to her from being so sheltered within the walls of the convent. She wants to be near him at first but when she finds out about a curse in her family line she knows she needs to keep her distance to keep him safe. It’s easy in theory but harder in real life.
With more secrets coming to life and hidden passageways showing a darker side of someone and the island itself, it’s not just the festival Ara and her need to worry about it might be their lives. The longer Trinity spends on the island the more she starts to understand it, and her families, past. It will also bring out more questions though – like ‘why am I acting like a cat?’ Great story to keep you intrigued right to the end, loved all the Ancient Egyptian mythology and history told throughout (I even remembered quite a bit of it from another book I had read ‘Lost Voices of the Nile’, shows something stuck!) and leaves it open for a good start to the rest of the series which I will want to check out.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.