Every five hundred years the phoenix dies.
Samiya, born-into-shadow, is soon to battle her born-into-light brother. Abandoned by their parents, neither wishes to play the preordained role of beast and hero. When their loved ones are taken hostage, they are forced to follow the path laid out in myth, culminating in a battle first fought six thousand years ago in ancient Cairo. A mythic clash where one defeats the other and both become gods.
To break free from their fates, Samiya and her brother must unravel a mystery twisted by cults, greed, and magic. But myth is a powerful force and failure to live up to it may not only destroy their lives but the lives of the ones they love most.
When the phoenix dies, the only certainty is flames.
The first book I read my Micheal Stewart was Assured Destruction, and I absolutely loved it, so when I heard about another one of his books on tour, I immediately signed up. First off, this book was just not as good as Assured Destruction, I'm not saying it wasn't good, just that I enjoyed Assured Destruction more.
This was a really interesting book. The plot-line is a good vs. evil thing, but in a way that I've certainly never experienced, and it's much more than just a simple good vs. bad story. It's based on Egyptian mythology, which I know very little about, and it plays out in Egypt. I can confidently say Micheal has just about created another land, an alternate world, because that's what it felt like. The book is dark and sometimes bloody and war-y and action-y, yet at the same time it feels magical. Also kind of historical, although I have no clue how true or accurate it is, since this is the first time I've read anything about this kind of topic. Anyway, definitely something for all readers! The ending is what I would call bittersweet. Not everything works out perfectly, but I truly enjoyed the ending. One major thing I have to say before I move on. The beginning. I was excruciatingly slow, and if not that I had already read something by this author, I would have put the book down. It starts off complicated and it's frustrating and hard to understand, but it all becomes clear once you read on. So, words of advice, do NOT put this book down. Because things get really interesting and kind of less complicating later on.
Ah, yes, the complicating part. Everything is complicated and dark and thought-provoking, like you need a chapter break after each chapter to regroup and rethink and reprocess. Or just process for the first time. The characters are deep and complex, and the story itself is fast paced and full of action. Everything is dark and evil, and even when the characters where is a light-filled environment, I pictures it dark, like the blue-tinted photographs you see of creepy empty alleys and places.
Would I recommend reading this book? Definitely. Even if it doesn't sound "up your alley", give it try, because it has something for all readers. Mythology? Check. Action? Check. Adventure? Check. Prophecies, fantasies, and destinies? Check, check, and check. So buy it or enter the giveaway below. That way you might get to read it for free.
Publisher: Non Sequitur Press
Release: February 14, 2013
Michael F. Stewart's Bio:
After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured
Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.
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