To finish the series of Featured Author posts for January, here’s a reminder of everything I loved about Daughter of Isis. This post originally ran in December 2013. If you like the sound of the book, you’ll be pleased to know the whole series is now out. Learn more about Kelsey here, see her interview here, and read her guest post here. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of one of her books.
Title: Daughter of Isis
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Series: Descendants of Isis #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Received for review from the author
Summary (from Goodreads)
Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.
The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.
Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.
The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.
I’m a sucker for anything involving mythology. Egyptian mythology is not something I’m especially familiar with, but after reading this, I think I need to do a bit of reading up!
Daughter of Isis weaves together some pretty dark elements of Egyptian mythology with high school drama. Natti is a girl trying to escape the tragedy of her Grandmother’s death, trying to figure out who she is – at first in a typical teenage sense, by the end in a much more literal way – who finds herself embroiled in the mystery of her new small town. I liked Natti for her levelheadedness, her refusal to believe in the mystical and mostly how she had her own mind and used it, particularly when it came to certain male characters…
Oh God, I really wanted to hate Seth. His behaviour initially was everything I despise about a certain type of guy. A type of guy we see way too often painted as the hero in YA literature, like being an arsehole somehow makes you desirable. Yes, we all love the thought that we can ‘save’ the bad boy, but there’s a line. Seth definitely crossed it, but at the same time, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him. He was a victim of his circumstances as much as his own conquests were victims of him. It’s a testament to Kelsey’s storytelling that she managed to make Seth a sympathetic villain by the end, one you were willing to do the right thing. And while Natti was necessarily attracted to him, she did at least call him on his shit. She wasn’t a push over, by any stretch.
There were a couple of things that bugged me about Natti’s ‘Britishness.’ I doubt many American readers would even notice the stuff I spotted, but a couple of details in the beginning just didn’t ring true to me as a British reader. Natti asks for her ‘schedule’ instead of her ‘timetable’ and knows what ‘upperclassmen’ are (what, incidentally, are upperclassmen? Sixth formers?) These are tiny, inconsequential details that really don’t affect the quality of the story overall, but Natti never really felt like the British fish out of water I think she was meant to be in the beginning. But like I said, it is probably only British readers that will even notice.
Overall, a good read with a bit of a killer final chapter that’s making me wish I had book 2 to hand. If you love mythology, you’ll love this!