The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.
The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.
The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.
Who would not want to read a book with a talking cat as the protagonist? Usually, me, but this is far from your normal book. When I read the first book The Pharaoh's Cat I was blown away so when this book was offered to me for review I could not pass it up, but would it be possible for this second book to uphold the same quality? Oh, you bet it did! This is an author like no other. One who can create a cat who is wise, devoted, and can make you laugh so hard you’ll pee. Also, for a reader who has very little interest in Egypt, I found it profoundly interesting. Therefore, not only is the writing superb, but the creativity goes above and beyond.
I recall an incident thousands of years ago in Egypt when the Pharaoh and I were jumping up and down on a mattress made of a hippo skin filled with air. The cork popped out the hippo’s ass and hit the vizier on the forehead...
The book is a fascinating mystery that grabs hold of the reader not letting go. Since the plot is atypical from other books it is impossible to guess what will happen next. Whereas, when you have a time traveling cat, Wrappa-Hamen, and his friend the High Priest how could you. I know what you are thinking, but stop and believe me when I say how spectacular this book is; so go get yourself a copy. This can be read as a stand since the author does a marvelous job with giving you the background that you need. Yet, I personally would read book one first due to how great it is also.
Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art history and is an amateur Egyptologist. The Eye of Nefertiti is her second novel. Her first novel, The Pharaoh’s Cat, is also available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition.