Warrior of the Nile (Gods of Egypt #2)
Author: Veronica Scott
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: September 16, 2013
Lady Tiya is bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys, who plans to sacrifice Tiya’s body to protect Egypt from an ancient terror. She embarks to meet her grim fate alone but for the hardened warrior Khenet, who is fated to die at her side. Tiya’s dreams of love and family now seem impossible, and Khenet, who is the last of his line, knows his culture will die with him. Struggling with the high cost of Nephthys’s demands, both resolve to remain loyal.
Neither expects the passion that flowers when Tiya’s quiet courage and ethereal beauty meet Khenet’s firm strength and resolve. On a boat down the Nile, their two lonely souls find in each other a reason to live. But time is short and trust elusive.
Without the willing sacrifice of Tiya and Khenet, a great evil will return to Egypt. How could the gods demand their deaths when they’ve only just begun to live?
Having had a major thing for Ancient Egypt, I leaped at the chance to read a book set in there. There haven’t been that many that focused on such an old period – Cleopatra-related novels abound, but not so many set before Ramses II. I’m very satisfied that I did, even if reading the book took me longer than it should have.
Tiya is definitely a good, strong woman without needing to be a kick-butt heroine. She’s not trained to fight nor does she insist that she be allowed to wade into combat when she’s not remotely qualified to do so. That doesn’t mean she sits back and waits for the man to rescue her though. She’s trapped by her heritage into serving Nephthys, an Egyptian goddess with a major attitude, and is expected to give her life in service to the goddess, who has plans to murder a rather nasty provincial leader who’s trying to bring a demon to earth to conquer Egypt.
Khenet is a loyal Egyptian, adopted brother to Pharaoh, and devoted to his duty. He’s agreed to escort Tiya to her fate and ends up with growing feelings for her along the course of their journey.
There was a lot to absorb in this book. Ms. Scott did a generally great job of conveying the beliefs of the Egyptians and bringing those gods and goddesses to life for me. I loved when the deities actually put in appearances. The problem I had with some of this was how much it felt like (if you took out the gods/goddesses), this could be just translated into modern times. There was a particular bar/restaurant scene which read exactly like a modern-day one. Periodically throughout the book, I felt like we were watching a modern-day costume party with everyone dressed up as Egyptians. But, ultimately, that issue didn’t keep me from enjoying the book.
The end was fantastic and I loved how Khenet’s loyalties to two different pantheons (he was an adopted Egyptian, but was the last of his own people, so worshiped both sets of gods) played out and ultimately helped save the day.
I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Scott and hopefully there will be more in the Gods of Egypt series. 4-stars and yay!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.