Born of Shadow by Sarah Benson


Born of Shadow
Sarah Benson
Publication Date: August 8, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal
On her seventeenth birthday, Kami receives a mysterious artifact and a ticket to visit her estranged grandparents in Egypt. When she arrives, no one is there to meet her. Alone and in an unfamiliar country, she quickly discovers her missing grandparents are only part of a greater threat. Whispers of strange creatures made of a shadowy substance can be heard among the nomads of the desert. A new queen has quietly come to power, given strength by a powerful evil unleashed when she opens an ancient jar. She won't stop until she finds the remains of Alexander the Great, convinced that his body holds the secret to her becoming a god. Kami must rely on a band of misfit friends she makes along the way to save her grandparents and stop the queen. But does the handsome boy she just met have answers, or is he part of the reason for her grandparents' disappearance?
Review copy provided by the author

If it is anything involving ancient Egypt, if a book mentions Egyptian paranormal, then you could be sure that I would check that book out and would probably read it. I cannot resist.

But if it involves trekking through Egypt and visiting all these ancient ruins, then sign me up! But please, leave the people who are trying to kill me at the immigration area.

All Kami wanted was to get a break from her negligent mother, get over a prick of an ex-boyfriend and maybe reconnect with something that was part of her dead father. Well, we all know that life sometimes just doesn't work out the way we wanted it to. 

Born of Shadow touches on Egyptian culture, current and ancient references and an adventure that, while dangerous, will surely get your heart pumping. The author dives in with descriptive and quite comprehensive details about history and culture but there were some parts that it felt more of a lecture than storytelling. But the setting balances it off and fast-paced action rounds out the tale.
If you must know, there is a little bit of romance but even though Liam is quite likeable, I would have loved it if the characters are explored more and developed.

I enjoyed reading this but it ended where things are not resolved yet. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Ayanami Faerudo

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