Monday, July 18, 2011

Eye of the Moon by Dianne Hofmeyr -ADVISABLE

Hofmeyr, Dianne Eye of the Moon, 336 pgs. Aladdin, 2011. $6.99. Language-G, Violence-PG; Sexual Content-G.
Set in ancient Egypt, this book tells the story of a young girl named Isikara. Normally she has a semi-peaceful life helping her priest father tend crocodiles for mummification. When an unforeseen set of events, puts her life at risk, she finds herself on an adventure. Isikara must help a young prince, Tuthmosis, escapes from the high priest, Wosret. They travel down the nile, across the desert, and all the way to the Kushites in Nubia. Will Tuthmosis be able to regain his throne? Will Isikara be able to go back home?
This was a genuinely interesting and fun read. The cultural Egyptian component were many, but not overly explained, instead were included as natural part of the characters lives. Writing like this allows the reader to seamlessly become a part of that world without having to understand every bit of it (Or worse yet, read through lengthy explanations that jar one out of the flow). The story is fast paced, but I was still allowed to get a sense of the characters. Overall a great read, and I look forward to an upcoming second book.
Elementary, MS -ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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