Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Tour Book Review: Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2)

Release Date: May 2, 2014
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Publisher: Independently Published
Length: 292 pages

“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”

Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.

Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.



Protagonists: Seth and Natti have escaped the Sons of Set and are now trying to escape and find some semblance of safety from those who threaten their lives. There was a bit of a regress in Natti's character when this book starts but soon she develops back into a strong willed character who won't let some charmer tell her what to do. The magic she possesses also grows in this book, though I have a feeling we haven't seen the full potential of her power yet. Then there's Seth, honestly I'm not quite sure how much I like Seth. I mean I know he's only trying to protect Nattie, but sometimes, especially with his charm, he can be a bit to controlling. So I can see some people really not liking and even hating Seth because of how controlling he can be sometimes.

Romance: Honestly, I expected the romance to grow and reach it's peak fairly early on in this book, however, it seems to have also regressed to a point where they aren't even sure how they feel about each other. I kind of get Nattie's doubt, she just learned that Seth's charm is real and now wonders if what she feels is only some trick or if she really has feeling for Seth. Seth on the other hand, dude you betrayed your god for the Secret Keeper of your rival cult, and you aren't sure you love her? *sigh* But the romance is otherwise really well done in this book. It's slow and careful, and really speaks to these characters' feelings and choices. Though while this book is YA, or I guess "Upper YA" it has the feel, at least in the romance department of having more of the feeling of a New Adult or even an Adult book, so I thought I'd toss that out there as a warning to anyone uncomfortable with that.

World-Building: So normally I'm used to the main character of a series finding out she's magical, if she hasn't figured it prior to the first installment, in the about the middle or so of the first installment. However, in this series Nattie found out vaguely during the tail end of the last book, and truly learns what it means to be a Daughter of Isis in this book. Furthermore, in this book, the mythology is expanded a bit and there are some great myths and legends told in this book. We learn more about the warring factions of the Sons and Daughters, as well as learn more about what those blessed by Isis can be capable of .

Predictability: Okay, so there are some things in this book that I I totally called even while reading the last book. I mean there was some seriously obvious foreshadowing in both that book as well as in some parts of this book. However, other than some pretty large twists, there wasn't all that much that I could see coming. Everything else just kind of came along at a steady pace. Not too much foreshadowing or hints at what was happening next. Though, I will say I wasn't really shocked by what went on in this book, at least not too much, there were a few times when I was genuinely shocked at what happened.

Ending: So, I expected a bigger cliffhanger, or at least a cliffhanger of some type at the end of this book, and I guess there sort of is, but it's not too much of one. It's something that just happens, it's not life threatening, it's not going to make me want to beg for the next book anytime soon, which I suppose might be a good thing. As for the ending as a whole, the climax of the book was really good, it had a great about of action and suspense, though I will say that there's a bit of a mystery as to what will happen next as some things were treated as if they had a lot of weight to them, at least plotwise, but they were never more fully explained.


So, while I did like this book better than it's predecessor it just wasn't great enough to give 5 stars to. However, that's no excuse not to read this amazing trilogy. It's full of myth, magic and great action.


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1 comment:

  1. I really liked your review. I love the tension between Natti and Seth. I can't wait to learn what they have to go through to resolve the mystery.