The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh’s Cat Novel by Maria Luisa Lang (Review by Shelley C – #NerdGirlRed)

Title: The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh’s Cat Novel 

Author: Maria Luisa Lang

Published Date: November 29th 2016

Genre: Historical Fantasy


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The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.

The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

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***Shelley C – #NerdGirlRed’s  Review***
I enjoy a good Egyptian mythology story and it’s obvious the author knows her Egyptology. I enjoyed the concept behind Wrappa-Hamen and the love story he becomes involved in. There was a nice arch to the story which was greatly helped with the time traveling boat. I’m not a big fan of first person storytelling but I think the author did a good job with keeping it uniformly first person; that’s hard to do. It did take me half of the book to really get interested in it. I didn’t care for any of the characters aside from Nefertiti and Wrappa-Hamen. I’m not sure what the author had in mind for the High Priest and Elena, they aren’t villains molded for a reader to hate; yet they aren’t developed into supporting characters for the Pharaoh’s Cat. The dynamics between the core group (Elena, High Priest, Wrappa-Hamen) felt forced for most of the book. The best part was when it was just Wrappa-Hamen; I finally got lost in the story, I could connect with the adventure and feel the emotion.


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