“The Pharaoh’s Cat, a tragicomic fantasy narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, tells of a free-spirited, wise-cracking stray in Egypt who suddenly acquires human powers and immediately captivates the young Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parent’s death.
The cat becomes the Pharaoh’s constant companion and, at the royal palace and on a tour of Egypt, participates in the festivities, developing an insatiable for good food, wine, and gossip. Gradually, he renews the Pharaoh’s ability to enjoy life and inspires him to become a stronger leader. The bond of selfless love they share will change Egypt’s destiny.
The cat has a good friend in the High Priest of the god Amun-Ra and seeks his help in solving the mystery of his human powers and the supernatural manifestations that plague him. He has a mortal enemy in the Vizier-the second most powerful man in Egypt–who hates him for his close relationship with the Pharaoh. The Vizier’s persecution of the ultimately results in his fleeing with the High Priest to present-day New York City, where they find an ally in an Egyptologist’s daughter.”
*This book was sent to me for review by the author. All opinions stated are my own.*
This book was a very interesting read for me.
When I first received this book in the mail from the author, I honestly had no idea what to expect going in. The idea of a fantasy novel set in Egypt and featuring a talking cat as our main protagonist sound very interesting to me.
I will say that after reading this book, I have a lot of mixed feelings about it.
I really loved our main character Wrappa-Hamen. I think that reading from the perspective of a talking cat was really interesting. He had a really great personality and a great sense of humor that made me laugh out loud throughout a good majority of the book.
I think that the author incorporated the element of friendship into the story really well. The friendship between Wrappa-Hamen and everyone he meets throughout the book played such a key role in my enjoyment of this book. The bonds that the characters formed made me smile and laugh.
The plot, in my opinion, was were the story was a little lack-luster for me. I think that the plot was interesting however I did have some problems with it. I think it had its strong elements (like I said previously, the great characters and the element of friendship) but there was something about the plot that made me less interested in it as I got further along in the book. I found that there was a ton of info-dumping at certain points and the plot was slow at times. Other than that though, I think that it was still well written.
Overall, this book was a very interesting one. I am left with a ton of mixed feelings, both positive and negative. The book left me satisfied enough to continue on with the series and hopefully, with the next book, I will like it more than I did this one.