First, let me apologize to everyone for taking so long to read and review this book. I started reading SPEAR OF SETH at the end of February and it has taken me this long to finish it for two reason. One life stepped in and mangled my reading schedule, two this book was very difficult to get into. I accepted this assignment with high expectation. I adore books that weave history, mythology, and folk lore with a modern age adventure. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The premise of the story was very good. The writing however didn’t flow well and was very distracting. It felt as if English were a second language to the writer or as if the book was not translated well.
The Spear of Seth mixes fantasy, legend, and adventure in what the author calls Fanlenture. This story does have all of those ingredients but it just didn’t live up to this readers expectations. The story flips flops back and forth between the two main characters announcing who is speak at the start of every chapter which I found very distracting. Had the characters been more fleshed out their voices would have been more differentiated and he wouldn’t have needed to announce who was speaking.
Our main characters are Alex Khyan a college student at Van Senmut College and Heather Van Senmut privileged daughter of the head of the college. When Heather’s father is poisoned, she and Alex take off for Egypt in search of a cure in the Egyptian underworld. When the two characters are separated due to the machinations of Jonathan Stern, another student and archeologist from the college, it seems as if you are reading two different stories, two different adventures. Each of the main characters stories are interesting separately but would have been better had they been more interweaving of the story lines as both characters were working towards a common goal. I found myself more interested in some of the secondary characters such as Miriam and Dr. Lermontoff who seemed more three dimensional that the main characters.
This book and writer do have great potential as he did pay great attention to detailing the various setting through which his character traveled. I would be interested in reading the next book in the series. I get the feeling that the world has some serious trouble coming its way from Apep, the evil snake god of the underworld inadvertently released from his prison during Alex and Heather’s quest which could make for a very interesting story.
The author’s writing improved greatly as the story progressed.
I give this story a 2.5/5 on the Book Babe rating scale.
Book Blurb: “What will Alex Khyan do when he faces a world he thought existed only in dreams of an ancient civilization? Alex needs a summer job, and gets one. It is not what he is used to, since he will work as a translator at an archeological dig at the island of Elephantine in the Upper Egypt. Little does he know what he is getting himself into. Enter Heather and her father, John Van Senmut, the archeologist in charge of the excavations. The dig is not just some dig; it is the ruins of the Temple of Osiris, which stands at the mythical place where Nile emerges from the Egyptian Underworld. When John Van Senmut, falls ill and physicians give up on him, his daughter decides to search the Temple for the cause of the disease and possibly a cure. Her quest leads her, and her unwilling helper Alex, into the Netherworld, which survived the Egyptian civilization by two thousand years. They negotiate its dangers, as well as dangers which come from their contemporaries. They have only one guide – the Book of Gates“
“Author René Daniel was born in the Czechoslovakia. He is 44 years old and he and his family currently live in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. He enjoys history, ancient civilizations and mysteries and can be contacted at http://www.thothfantasyquests.com.”
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