The Eye of Nefertiti

The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh's Cat Novel Book Cover The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh's Cat Novel
Pharaoh's Cat
Maria Luisa Lang
Fantasy
Maria Luisa Lang
November 29, 2016
Paperback
208

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.

The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art history and is an amateur Egyptologist. The Eye of Nefertiti is her second novel. Her first novel, The Pharaoh’s Cat, is also available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition.

 

The Eye of Nefertiti and its prequel, The Pharaoh’s Cat, were both provided to me freely by the author in exchange for honest reviews.

Picking up not long after the end of The Pharaoh’s Cat, Wrappa-Hamen’s adventures continue in The Eye of Nefertiti. This sequel was designed as a standalone book; the first book is summed up in the first chapter, so you do not have to read The Pharaoh’s Cat first. Still, reading the first book is recommended so you know the characters for this one. Like the first book, this is an adventure story featuring a time traveling talking cat with a penchant for trouble.

Wrappa-Hamen largely retains his character from the first book, being a snarky kitty who inadvertently (and advertently) causes mischief. He makes such a great character because it is what a sentient cat would probably really behave like. Wrappa-Hamen shows loyalty and love to his friends and family but is also a glutton who likes to take naps and avoid hard work. Alongside those continuing traits, Wrappa-Hamen does continue to learn and grow throughout the book. Other recurring characters get less focus and do not develop quite as much. On the flipside, we are also introduced to some nifty new characters as well.

Whereas The Pharaoh’s Cat felt a little lacking in detail, The Eye of Nefertiti was better paced. Wrappa-Hamen’s adventure went along at just the right pace this time around. It felt more like the characters were walking through the events at a nice pace rather than running through them. Like the first book, knowing a little bit about ancient Egypt helps. Nothing textbook heavy, just what you would expect to find in a basic book on the subject like knowing the major deities.

Despite being a walking (on two legs), talking cat, Wrappa-Hamen does seem to be capable of things that seem physically impossible. At one point, he mentions changing his own litter box. This seems like it would be very, very difficult considering he has no thumbs. But since he is magic, maybe this is cartoon logic where characters can just pick things up without the proper appendages (think VeggieTales). Beyond that one little tidbit, the book was an overall upgrade from The Pharaoh’s Cat. Maria Luisa Lang took what she accomplished with the first book and built it up into bigger and better things for The Eye of Nefertiti. Overall, this was a very fun book that I was happy to read and I do plan to keep my eye open for the next one.

March 12, 2017

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