The Blazing Star – by Imani Josey

Interesting Premise with a Gorgeous Setting

I was scrolling through the young adult section looking for a new read, and the shelf was like this: HOT GUY on the cover, HOT GUY on the cover, HOT GUY on the cover…

Although I enjoy a hot-guy romance as much as the next hot-guy enthusiast… every single cover? Really? So I was THRILLED to run across The Blazing Star. The heroine of the story, actually dominating the cover. Imagine that.

I requested it immediately.

The initial chapters (set in the real world) did not disappoint. There are universal tensions that any heart can relate to, and I cared about both sisters right from the start. And then… Egypt! The glimpses into the daily life of this fantastical version of ancient Egypt are one of the book’s greatest strengths.

The story takes a back seat to the scenery here, so I’d pick this one up when you’re in the mood to sink into a hot bath and float away into another world, rather than looking for a heart-stopping action thriller. The book has its action, don’t get me wrong, but day-to-day life plays a huge role, and as you might imagine, nothing moves quickly in ancient Egypt. The people live at the pace of the land itself, planting seeds to be harvested in their own time, and Imani Josey does the same.

On that note, be warned: this is not a stand-alone novel. Plenty of those literary seeds are only just beginning to peek through the warm Egyptian earth when this first volume wraps up, leaving most of that crop for future novels. I’m hoping for more explanations on quite a few fronts, and yes, I’ll admit it, I’m hoping for more of the hot guy.

–Erin’s Pick




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