Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo
(Cult of the Cat, #1)
Publication date: May 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
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.
“Blood moon. I’d been mesmerized, as if its eerie splendor had spoken to me in an ancient, alien language. I hadn’t been able to understand it, but I’d felt faint by its allure.”
Do you know that feeling when you get drawn to a book… put on a path of destiny to pick up a book that just calls to you, well that is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon this jewel. Ironically since the book is all about destiny and fate. I have always enjoyed a great story that has deep roots in history/mythology/lore (in this case Egyptian) and really builds upon that to create a fictional tale that very well might be true it is written so well. When I have finished reading the book I was not a happy camper! I wanted more! I still do!!! I miss Trinity, I miss the cats, I miss the mystery… I NEED ANSWERS!
While the story of the mystery that is 16-year old Trinity Walford is solved there is much left to explore as well as tie up some loose ends which I’m hoping will be the focus of the next book… maybe even more than 1? I was left satisfied with all that has occurred and developed through this first book but with that ending I was left with many questions. Which makes me plead to Zoe to please write faster!!!
As I have mentioned it is a story of a 16-year old Trinity who has lived her whole lived with her best friend in an English orphanage only to discover one day that she has a living relative. This is where things get mysterious since our Trinity is not a typical teenage girl and possesses some unique qualities of a supernatural variety. Supernatural quirks that only increase in intensity as she is taken to an island to her dying & extremely wealthy grandmother. Island that is entirely made up of cats to the point where they are revered. While Trinity finds it all odd that there are so many cats living on the island and how they are treated by the townspeople, she eventually comes to terms with it considering she has come to an island with a cat who just jumped on her lap as she was leaving the orphanage.
“The cats were everywhere, as always. Some leapt and sat on my grandmother’s moving coffin. They were calmer now and, strangely, didn’t seem to mind the rain. Their erratic behavior had disappeared. My guess was, it must have been the storm. I would have liked to think the cats had been upset by my grandmother’s death. After all, she had taken care of them, had been their protector all her life. But thinking like this was illogical, the stuff of fairy tales.”
Things do not get any less weird for her having to adjust to an idea of having a family, losing family, discovering family secrets that go back thousands of years, dealing with the occupants of the island who are more than what appears to the eye, and of course like any teenager dealing with matters of the heart. Oh sweet, sweet Seth you are just as complicated as our Trinity and I hope to get some answers out of you in the next book as well.
“The tip of my nose grazed his face and for the tiniest moment my tongue slipped out tentatively to caress him, to claim him as mine.”
I really do not want to give anything away as reading this book is a great way to work those brain muscles with mysteries to solve…. I mean come on Trinity I solved the puzzle of your mystery Cat follower in the first few pages lol. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good young adult fantasy paranormal genre that is based on Egyptian Mythology.
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.