*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
I wanted to read this book because I’m on a bit of a mummy/Ancient Egypt kick right now, and this turned out to be a fun read with a good story and interesting Egyptian mythology.
I’m not sure if Seti can really be considered a mummy since, once he reanimated, he seemed to be the same human/sorcerer he was before, no special mummy abilities or anything, but the author seemed to have a lot of fun with that aspect of his character anyway. Seti had already learned a lot about modern times from being talked to while he was in his sarcophagus, but there was still a lot he didn’t understand or hadn’t expected, so that made his POV interesting and entertaining, like when he learned about the temperature control in the shower and just kept changing the water from hot to cold in amazement.
I thought it was interesting though that, in many ways, Seti wasn’t a good person. I don’t know if the reader was meant to feel that way, but he killed innocent people while he was king, then he injured who knows how many people throughout the book every time he created windstorms that caused glass to shatter and heavy objects to fly through the air (not to mention destroyed food stands and things that people needed or were trying to sell in order to make a living). But he created the windstorms to save Logan, and he said himself that, when his heart was weighed against the feather in the afterlife, he would not be judged worthy, so he knew what kind of person he was. I’m not complaining though, just kind of musing about his character.
I also feel like I should give a trigger warning for sexual assault, even though it wasn’t really portrayed that way. *MILD SPOILER* Logan woke up at one point, before he and Seti were in a relationship, to find Seti touching him sexually. Since Logan was asleep, he hadn’t given consent. It was believable enough considering Seti had been a king in ancient times and was used to having slaves and concubines and just getting anything he asked for and pretty much did think at first that Logan belonged to him, but obviously that doesn’t actually make it ok. But Logan was attracted to Seti, wasn’t particularly bothered by it, and went on to sleep with him. *END SPOILER*
There were a few things I felt could’ve been better too. The characters, especially the side characters, seemed pretty flat, and the dialogue/interaction wasn’t terrible but didn’t ring fully realistic either. And pretty much the whole book was riddled with bad decisions on Logan’s part.
The story itself was good though. This was a short book, so it wasn’t the most intricate or deepest, but it did have a little more than just the romance.
Last but not least, I wanted to mention that I thought the bits of Egyptian mythology included were interesting. I learned some stuff about Ancient Egyptian afterlife beliefs, and I liked seeing the author’s take on the Underworld and gods.
So overall, I can’t say this is the best or deepest book I’ve ever read, but it was fun for a quick read. The ancient-immortal-thrown-into-the-modern-world aspect was entertaining, the story was good, and the Egyptian mythology was interesting.
Anyone who likes M/M romance, paranormal/urban fantasy, Ancient Egypt, and quick, fun reads.
A vengeful god’s curse took everything from the Egyptian pharaoh Seti: his name, his position, and even his lover. After many long centuries relegated to a musty sarcophagus, he’s awakened when a graduate student working in the museum where he is stored stumbles upon him.
Logan, working as a curator to fund his education, figures he’s screwed when he accidentally awakens the ancient ruler. It’ll be career suicide to claim the mummy came back to life, but it’s either that or be labeled a thief. Little does he know, those are the least of his problems. A society of archaeologists is hot on their trail, determined to uncover the secret of Seti’s immortality, and then there’s the little matter of an angry god who doesn’t appreciate Logan meddling in his work. But the biggest problem might be Seti himself, who’ll stop at nothing to get into Logan’s pants—and his heart.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.
Book Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3.5
Setting Location: Afterlife, Egyptian Underworld, New York, USA