Saturday 2 November 2013

DAUGHTER OF ISIS by Kelsey Ketch

Book One in the Descendants of Isis series
Publication date: October 26th, 2013
Number of pages: 271
Date read: October , 2013
Genre: Upper Young Adult, Mythology
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Format: Ebook
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“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

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 absolutely had to read Daughter of Isis when I heard about it: mythology, seeming romance; what's not to like about that in a story?

Suffice to say, throw your assumption on what the story will be like out the window: you will never be able to guess what the story is really like!

Natti grew up in England and loved her life there, so she was very reluctant to more to Setemple, California - a town in the desert that is fond of all things Egyptian - even after her grandmother was murdered in England. Natti meets Seth when she starts Setemple High School, and she's not really sure what to think.
Seth is part of the Sons of Set order: a group who orship The god of Chaos and uphold his values. Seth was gifted by Set with an ability to charm people, and this charm has always worked: until he met Natti.

Both Natti and Seth are risking everything as Seth tries to entice Natti, and Natti tries to figure everything out.

Natti is a very strong character: strongly written and in possession of good, strong morals, which I love in a character. She is resilient and defiant, going with her instincts.
Seth is less likable, much less likable. He is more than a bit of a man-whore and has some questionable ideals that he tries to live up to, however, he does start to redeem himself towards the end of the novel.

The other characters are well-written, with the "bad guys" being genuinely creepy and hateful - I honestly don't think I have ever read a group of characters that I've thought to be less redeemable and less hate-worthy of hate than these guys.

The plot is moved along with mystery and intrigue over what the characters will choose to do next, how they will behave. There is an intensity to he story, and action (just, not the kind of action that you may think. 

An enjoyable read with an ending that leaves you kind of going "Huh?!" and pondering the fairness of life (to me the ending was very much a possible cliff-hanger - there is so much unanswered!). I will definitely check out book two since I have to find out more, this book is definitely upper young adult, with some more mature content.

I rate Daughter of Isis Four out of Five!!!


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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 CafĂ© 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.
For more information, please visit her site at

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