By Cate Masters
Published November 9, 2014
Ancient pyramid tomb doors. Mummified warriors. Artifacts appearing from nowhere. And that’s just Sandy Whitaker’s work as museum curator. When spells become curses, and the dead return for vengeance, her dream job turns into a living nightmare.
The warrior Iker’s triumphed over difficult pharaohs and returned from battles victorious, but dealing with Sandy Whitaker is his hardest task yet. A descendant of Egyptian goddess Bastet, she’s headstrong, naïve and completely alluring. Can he convince her to perform the ritual spells to save the Queen Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s eternal soul? More importantly, can he help her realize she doesn’t need to be descended from a goddess to be one herself?
Sandy reluctantly embraces her heritage as Sanura, demi-goddess of cats. But even with her new powers, can she fulfill her destiny? If she can survive being kidnapped by a cobra shifter, she’ll do her best to perform the Pyramid Texts ritual spells so Hatshepsut can sail into the Afterlife at long last. But once the queen pharaoh is gone forever, will Iker leave her too?
Reviewed by Phoenix Andrews, 4 out of 5
This book was a breath of fresh air. I loved the transformation from clumsy, shy heroine to strong and confident descendant of a goddess. Sandy/Sanura wasn't ready to take every crazy idea as fact but she didn't hang onto her denial past the point of common sense either. Iker, the hero, was magnificent. He had all the insecurities you would expect of someone transplanted from another time and place but none of the idiocy.
The author did an excellent job of showing not telling. The paranormal element was well done and the ancient Egyptian pantheon integrated with present day in a believable way.
A ton of ancient Egyptian facts find their way into this book and there was one error I couldn't look past. There were many references to Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. Except...it was Mark Antony, not Anthony. I kept thinking J-Lo's ex husband somehow made his way into this book instead of the ancient lover of Cleopatra. Now, I took a course specifically concerning ancient Egypt while in college and the average reader probably won't know the difference but every time I saw "Anthony" instead of "Antony" I cringed. There were also some "tense" issues where the tense would slip from past to present.
Despite the few issues listed above I thoroughly enjoyed reading Goddess, Spellbound and will be adding the previous two books in this series to my TBR list.
Reviewer, Phoenix Andrews