Thursday, October 13, 2011

The God's Wife by Lynn Voedisch

Neferet, the newly invested God's Wife, is second in command in the land of Kemet. She loves her father, the pharaoh, but loathes her nefarious mother. After ascending to her prestigious office, Neferet learns that her mother is planning on giving her in marriage to her villainous half brother Zayem. As she struggles to escape her mother's clutches, Neferet feels like her Ba is missing. Part of her soul is gone and Neferet sees visions of a place far in the future and a unfamiliar face.
On the other side of the world and four thousand years in the future, Rebecca has just landed the coveted spot of lead dancer for the Chicago's Waterfront production of Aida. Rebecca's excitement is overshadowed by her frequent blackouts. Rebecca is also seems to be intuned with Egypt, to the point of  feeling like she is Egyptian. This sudden change in Rebecca leaves her roommates and boyfriend scared and worried. Her problem is compounded by the mysterious arrival of Sherif, an Egyptologist who has taken an extreme liking to Rebecca. His interest soon sparks fear in Rebecca, who is struggling to keep herself in modern day Chicago.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Neferet's story was quite a bit more interesting that Rebecca's. But Rebecca still held a lot of mystery. Both girls responded to the other is different ways, and it was interesting to watch them struggle under the weight of self-doubt.
There were/are a few gaps that are still in my mind as I am fresh off the book. I still have some lingering questions about Sherif's background. I also wish that we could have had one final look at Rebecca's story. Maybe there will be a sequel?? Here's to hoping!
The writing in this book is rather malleable. Voedisch's writing can be soft as the lotus blossoms or as mad as a confused woman. She captures the essence of each of the girls. Read this excerpt to get a feel for Lynn Voedisch's writing.

I reviewed this book as part of the Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour. 

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