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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Mythology/Paranormal
Book Description: Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life. When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.
My thoughts: I was fascinated with the mythological/paranormal aspect of Son of War, Daughter of Chaos. I liked the blending of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and the angle of vampires/werewolves. I loved how Janette Rallison was able to incorporate the history of Pharaoh's and the political unrest of Ancient Egypt and add a speculative paranormal twist.
Aislynn wants to be a typical teenager. Her mother was recently murdered and her family moves around a lot. Her senior year of high school the legacy of her family is abruptly revealed and she learns of ancient Egyptian secrets. Two factions, who were genetically altered by technology lost after the fall of Egypt, seek to rid the world of the other. The conflict is centuries old and now Aislynn is caught in the middle.
The book has multiple settings. Aislynn and her family are on the run, but in this book is found in the Unites States, the Arctic, Egypt, and Europe. The story has multiple plot twists. I was left not knowing which side was right. They both have valid points and traditions. Ultimately, I agreed with Aislynn. I loved reading about her dilemma and how she came about her decisions. She is a great female MC.
The book appeals to readers of mythology and paranormal. It's one that I would let my teenage daughter read. There is kissing and a violence. I would love to read a sequel to this book!
Read an Excerpt
I was on my feet and running down the path before I could fully process what was happening. The dark swarm flew toward me. Their wings sounded like the dull hum of an incoming storm. I didn’t have to see them to know they were scarabs—the flesh-eating kind. The Horusians had pinpointed our location and flown in beetles to kill us. How they found us, I didn’t know.
As I fled down the slope, I slipped. My feet jerked out in front of me. I hit the ground, hard, skidding and then flipped over. I tumbled down the slope, clawing at the ice, trying to get a handhold. White flashes of snow jumbled together in my vision. Finally, I hit a flat spot. I managed to stop, pick myself up, and run again. Panic wrapped around me. I couldn’t make it off the ridge before the scarabs reached me, and even if I could, I had nowhere to hide from the beetles on this open stretch of land. Still, I ran. I wouldn’t stand still for death.
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