Saturday, December 5, 2009

Review: The Pharaoh's Secret by Marissa Moss

When Talibah and her younger brother, Adom, accompany their father, an academic, to his homeland of modern Egypt on his research assignment, they become involved in a mystery surrounding an ancient, lost pharaoh—a rare queen ruler. Someone has tried to wipe her from the record, to make it appear as if she never existed! She needs Talibah to help her and her high priest, Senenmut, reclaim their rightful place in history. Exotic locales, mysterious strangers, and a sinister archaeologist round out an adventure that is full of riddles, old tales, and, most surprisingly of all, a link to Talibah’s and Adom’s mother, who died mysteriously.

Received from the publisher for review.

I leapt at at the chance to review this since I'm a complete Egyptophile, but I must say that I was more than a bit disappointed. First, the text felt a bit like English was not the author's first language (although it apparently is). It just had an odd feel to it, forced almost.

Also, the historical accuracy was more than a bit questionable, starting with the glaringly incorrect assertion that Hatshepsut was Egypt's sole female pharaoh. Granted, this was fiction, but I felt it too far too many liberties with historical fact.

This one gets two stars. The historical errors were just too much to bear. It would have been infinitely better had the author just made up a pharaoh rather than twist history this far. Perhaps a reader less educated about Egypt may find it a bit more entertaining. The characters were also not engaging and did nothing for me.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


Ryan G said...

I feel the same way about books that play around with Celtic history. I've loved the subject since high school and when I read books that cange too much of it, even when fiction, you can't let your mind get over it.

bookmagic said...

Was this a children's book? It looks like it from the cover. The cover would deter me. I don't mind some liberties taken but writers should stick to basic facts

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