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Daughter of the Sun Cult of the Cat Book 1 by Zoe Kalo Genre: YA Contemporary Mythological Fantasy

EGYPTOLOGY. MAGIC. MYSTERY. AND CATS, LOTS OF CATS… Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew. But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities. Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Website

Storyteller at heart… A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has remained. Today, Zoe passes her stories to you with lots of mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic. Currently, she balances writing with spending time with her family, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir. Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads An ancient Egyptian themed gift related to the book (I need to decide which, as I have several possibilities)

Chapter 1

One month before the summer solstice…

Goosebumps snaked up my spine.
I’d had the same sensation last night while gazing at the moon, when for an instant I’d
picture it red, bathed in blood. Then the rippling, bristling feeling had come back this morning as
I brushed my teeth and stared at the reflection of my eyes in the bathroom mirror. In a flash the
green orbs had turned crimson. I’d blinked, struck by a wave of vertigo, the cold tiles shifting
under my feet.
“Trinity…you all right?” Brianna nudged my arm, bringing me back to the present. We were
walking down the main staircase of the orphanage—where we’d lived all of our lives—toward
the open-air playground for our usual half-hour break after lunch.
“Fine. Just restless.”
“Maybe lunch did it. All those veggies. They take you for a rabbit.”
The touch of humor in her voice didn’t lift the dark cloud hovering over me. I shot her a
sideways glance. “No, not the veggies,” I muttered. “Something else.”
She stopped in the middle of the staircase and her hazel eyes studied my face. “What?”
I stopped, shrugging. “Don’t know.”

“I saw you in the dormitory last night, staring out the window. You seemed so far away.”
Red moon.
The sky had been so clear, the stars twinkling like gems, so unusual for the common
grayness of the English countryside.
Blood moon.
I’d been mesmerized, as if its eerie splendor had spoken to me in an ancient, alien language.
I hadn’t been able to understand it, but I’d felt faint by its allure.
“It’s nothing. You know me. One day up, one day down.” I looked to the bottom of the
staircase, past the hall to the open doors to the courtyard. Now the sky was gray. The girls played
outside, chatting incessantly. The little ones ran this way and that, their black and white uniforms
a blur.
When I looked back at Brianna, I saw she was staring at something past my shoulder. I
turned around and glimpsed a flash of black through the window.
“Did you see that?” I asked. “Looked like a limousine.” Not that I’d ever seen one in real
life, only in the movies we were sometimes allowed to watch in the weekends. “I wonder if it’s
coming here.”
But Brianna didn’t answer. Her spaced-out gaze was still fixed on the window. There was
something odd about her expression.
“Brianna. Hello. I’m talking to you.”
She blinked, startled. She looked at me. “What? Oh. Right. You know…I just—I just
remembered… I have to help Sister Anne at the library.”
“Now? All of a sudden?”

“Like I said, I just remembered.”
I made a dismissive gesture with my hand. “Tell her you forgot.” I did feel a twinge of guilt.
Sister Anne was one of the nice ones. “She’s so old, she won’t even remember.”
“Don’t be mean. I promised her.”
“You know, people take advantage when you’re always nice.”
She didn’t answer, but I read the gentle reproach in her eyes.
“All right, all right,” I muttered. “I’ll see you later.”
She smiled and, to my surprise, gave me a tight, warm hug. “Cheer up. I don’t like it when
you get the blues. I want you to be happy.”
“Thanks,” I mumbled. Her chestnut hair, streaked with copper and gold and woven into a
braid like we were all supposed to wear, smelled like soap, clean, fresh. Which reminded me: I
had not braided my hair today.
Brianna was my best friend in the world. Nearly seventeen years ago, when we were tiny
babies, we had been found at the door of the orphanage only a day apart—a very odd event,
according to the nuns. When we were babies we were often put in the same crib and we sucked
each other’s thumbs and took turns crying for attention.
We drew apart and she hurried up the stairs, the old wood creaking under the rubber soles of
her shoes.
I moved in the opposite direction toward the courtyard.
Outside, the sky was covered with virulent clouds, promising a downpour. A cool breeze hit
my cheeks, made me instantly alert. The air was redolent of fertilizers from the nearby farms.
The temperature was unusually cold for late May. Sister Eveline and Sister Celeste already kept
guard, but as one of the older girls, my duty was to keep watch during playtime. The courtyard

was big and was enclosed by high, rusted, spiked iron gates crawling with vines and wisteria.
Beyond the gates, on one side, a massive weeping willow loomed, its leaves rustling in the
breeze. On another side, rolling hills made most of the landscape, dotted here and there with the
silhouettes of nearby farms.
The courtyard was made of concrete and had swings and see-saws for the younger girls. The
rest was just empty space with a few stone benches for us to sit.
The Sisters strolled across the courtyard toward the main doors, their heads tilted downward,
deep in conversation—or so I thought. In their wimples and flowing habits, they looked like two
big black birds. Sister Eveline suddenly turned toward me with a hard expression and made a
gesture about my hair.
“I’ll braid it after the break,” I said, trying not to sound annoyed. I gave her a lovable grin
and pointed to the younger children. “I have to keep an eye on them, as you know.”
The look she gave me told me she didn’t buy my sweet disposition, but she let it drop and
continued her way to the doors.
I crouched and chatted with the little ones for a while, and pushed their backs at the swings.
I giggled at their silly, innocent tales. Sophie, a sweet five year-old with red corkscrew ringlets,
wrapped her small arms around me and I whirled her in the air.
When I put her down, I spotted Beth Thompson and her two evil minions emerging from the
corner of the orphanage. A cat trailed behind her.
I narrowed my eyes. Beth had tied a string around the cat’s neck and was pulling it along
like a pet—but, as I knew only too well, girls like Beth didn’t keep pets.
Then Beth did something she shouldn’t have done: when the cat refused to budge, she
yanked the string, almost choking the animal.

I winced, feeling the pain as my own.
A shiver rippled up my spine. Again.

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  1. Victoria K says

    Love the cover- so appropriate.