Title: Son of Set
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Series: Descendants of Isis #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Received for review from the author
Summary (from Goodreads)
Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.
Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalised by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.
Picking up where Daughter of Isis left off, Son of Set sees Seth and Natti on the run from Seth’s father and the cult of Sons. While Natti’s imprisonment by Sean is rather quickly solved, there’s still plenty of tension purely generated by the two of them alone together. With their growing attraction for each other, Natti’s vacillation between trusting Seth and doubting everything he says, and the knowledge that the Sons are close on their tail, there’s plenty to keep things interesting.
The development in their relationship is well handled. Seth doesn’t stop being the kind of character you sometimes love, sometimes hate, but as more layers and depth are added to his back story, and as we start to understand his actions better, the balance is increasingly tipped towards love.
I liked how Sean’s motivations were explored as well. His power play over the other Sons made him a much more sinister character, and I think it’s building up to a great final showdown for Book 3.
The ins and outs of Seth’s power are another thing given more attention this time round, and the book doesn’t shy away from the moral questions – does Natti just love Seth because of his influence and magic? How can they ever know if their feelings are genuine? No clear answer to that is given in this instalment, again leaving some juicy plot threads open for next time.
There were a couple of revelations, particularly pertaining to Seth’s mother, that were rushed over a little too quickly for the full emotional impact to take effect, and Natti’s Britishness – while playing to all the American stereotypes of what British people are like – still wasn’t terribly authentic to a British reader. We call sausages sausages, guys! They’re only bangers if they are ‘bangers and mash’. But that’s an eccentricity of the British idiolect that I can’t even explain, so while it gave me a bit of a giggle, I can totally understand how non-British writers get that sort of thing wrong.
Overall, an enjoyable read with plenty of action. If everything this instalment has been building towards is brought out to play in book three, I think it could be a really intense read.