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The Pharaoh’s Cat

30 Sep

ThePharaoh'sCat(SKIP IT)

Author: Maria Luisa Lang

Genre: Fantasy

First Published: 2015

Page Count: 177

Type: Paperback

Film/ TV Adaptation: No

Rating: 1/5 Stars

It may have many great story concepts but doesn’t pull together a book that can stand against what’s out there.

__________________Positives__________________

*Good Story Potential

___________________Negatives_____________________

*Simple Characters     *Present Tense Narration     *Rambling Plot

“Egyptians revere cats, but there are exceptions.” An incredibly lucky stray cat is given the gift of speech and the ability to walk upright. His life is forever changed as Egyptians and the Pharaoh himself begin to recognize how special he is. A bond soon forms between the Pharaoh and the cat which will bring him to new lands and time all because a God blessed him with human powers.

This book really threw me for a loop. The idea of a cat gaining human powers in ancient Egypt is a great concept and his adventures that include time travel, romance, and war are equally entertaining. However, I strongly felt this would have worked better has a children’s book. Whether that means an illustrated book like Where the Wild Things Are or a beginner’s chapter book like the ones in the Magic Tree House series, the story seemed better suited to a younger crowd. The book is narrated entirely by a cat who has fairly tame adventures. Losing the adult language (which felt odd while reading anyway) and breaking the book into separate short stories for children makes more sense to me then finding this book in Barnes & Noble next to something like The Da Vinci Code in the adult fiction section.

First off, the book is narrated in the present tense. For me, that was a ding against the book because I just don’t enjoy stories that are written this way. Beyond that, the story was way too simple to engage me. The characters are fairly basic and seem to be lumped into two categories: good character and bad character. Once they’ve been segregated into one of the two categories, their personalities and actions all felt identical with the exception of the cat who exhibited playful feline characteristics. And while the plot had potential, the story mechanically rambled on with no natural flow. Whatever any character needed or desired would magically appear to help move the story along so there really wasn’t any sense that anything bad could happen in the book.

Though it’s a short read, I can’t recommend it because it was too simple for me to enjoy. I want to be engaged when I read and feel completely drawn into the story the author has created. With more development in terms of the characters and the plot, this book could transform into something great. At this point, however, the story is just not at the stage where I would want to recommend that someone add it to their “to-read” list.

*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.

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