DESCENDANTS OF ISIS:
- DAUGHTER OF ISIS
- SON OF SET
by Kelsey Ketch
7 REASONS TO READ THIS SERIES
1 Egyptian-flavoured battle between good and evil
2 Forbidden love against all odds
3 Bad guys so disgusting you'll want to hate them with all your heart
4 Wild and sensual plot
5 Annoyingly sexist but utterly amazing supernatural power
6 Original application of Ancient Egyptian lore
7 A story of redemption against self-gratification
After her grandmother's murder, England is no longer welcoming to Natti and her father. Settling down in a new place is no easy feat, specially when everything reminds her of her dead mother's heritage, and the handsome man in school has everyone bent to his will. Mysterious events multiply as girls keep disappearing, but Natti is about to discover that the greatest challenge of all is to pit love against the dark forces of legend.
I was quite uncomfortable with that embarrassing display of male power over the feeble minds of women. It started to grate on my nerves that every woman was just wet clay under a man's spell so that he could do whatever he wanted with them. As the scenes progressed, it looked like a cult of men who subdued women to use them as playthings.
I know it's all part of the paranormal stuff but still felt misogynist and wrong.
Letting that go and just focusing on the plot, I really enjoyed the mystery around Natti's family and her origins. It was also kind of fun to think about possessing Seth's powers of persuasion and Natti's knack for identifying lies.
Their chemistry was strong. Natti is level-headed and has a distinct will to resist all magical prodding which I admired her for. No matter how challenged or provoked she is, this woman's strength has no match.
From an evil point of view, the whole Egyptian mind-controlling gig is a fantastic plot element. And it poses a disgusting, dangerous threat for the heroine to overcome. I must admit I'm very sensitive to this subject, but when I realised these supernatural hotties were the bad guys and I shouldn't be trying to sympathise with them, I could relax a little bit into the fun. Thank goodness Seth was struggling with his own moral issues so that he became less evil and more open to character evolution. That was key to the novel.
There was a point when I was hopeful for Seth. He had doubts about his dark heritage as a Son of Set. Also, he was beginning to develop forbidden feelings for Natti. All of a sudden, the mystery surrounding Natti's grandmother took a turn and I was biting my nails with dread for what was about to befall the poor girl. The emotion and the tension grew so much that I had to rush through page after page to know!
So I jumped right into SON OF SET. I was beginning to like Seth now. He's really come through for Natti. And he's a true hero because he has fought the darkness within himself and he's come out of the battle scathed, damaged, but stronger and beautifully human.
Stakes are higher than ever with both their lives in danger. I relished every moment that Seth tries to protect Natti, though I still resent that he can exert that overpowering ensnarement of her mind with so little effort. Where is Natti's power from Isis?
The situation is becoming increasingly difficult. The enemy is so powerful, Seth's father shows an ambition that borders anarchy. How I hate this man! There are deaths, chasings, disappearances... Natti can't seem to shake the magical power over her while Seth's restrain is growing thin. I was so excited and frustrated at the same time with how things were progressing between them.
At times, it became too much how often the charm was used on women, but I still enjoyed all the secrets to be discovered about the cults of Isis and Set. I can't deny that the quest for Ra's name gets really exciting. The enemy's persecution is relentless, and the struggle to survive fear, death, curses and dark desire is pure torture. Exactly as mind-blowing as the ending that came loaded with new, surprising powers, a promise of incredible things to come and a bittersweet intimate scene between the star-crossed lovers.
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Son of Set
by Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: 05/02/14
Summary from Goodreads:
“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”
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 brutalized 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.
*Note: Content for Upper YA*
Son of Set
Daughter of Isis
(On sale for $.99 during the week of the tour)
about the author...
During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.
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