Friday, June 19, 2015

#REVIEW: Kantara by Katy Walters

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Can you see them? Do you fear them? Are they truly what they seem? Crossed love, intrigue, suspense and terror, set against a canvas stretching over the centuries, from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the high rises of modern London. Kantaramtep, Great Royal Queen of the first vampire family, is cast aside by her beloved Pharaoh. Over the centuries Kantara grows in power, yet no-one can replace her first love. London, present day, she meets Darius, an enigmatic vampire. Despite Kantara’s reluctance, they join forces to quell an insurgence when trouble breaks out amongst the fledgling vampires. The shocking truth they uncover threatens both the existence of mortals and the very nature of the vampire.

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My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a fascinating, different take on vampires. It was 180 degrees from Edward Cullen, Lestat and Dracula.This was an Egyptian take on the myth of vampires. Because it was so different from what popular vampires, I loved the uniqueness of the backstory. It made it so much easier to read, instead of reading the same old tired vampire. This book injected new blood into it (pardon the pun). Because it was so different, it took me about 1/4 of the book to truly get into the new atmosphere and understand it.
I loved the Egyptian gods and culture in the book. I loved seeing the religious beliefs in their gods and goddesses. This was my favorite part of the book. I consider myself a relatively religious person, and I love seeing the differences in religious beliefs and how the characters acted out those beliefs in the book.
Despite all this, there was one part of the book I did not like, and it was the conversations between the characters. For me, the conversations seemed very stilted, choppy. Definitely not flowing and natural and this made it difficult for me to read during the conversation parts.
The characters were well-written, but I just didn't feel the passion between Kantara and Darius. It felt flat for me.
If you are looking for a new, fresh take on vampires, then you really should check this book out!

About the author:

My main loves are writing, painting and singing. I began work as a PA but to my joy was spotted by an agent in London and had an exciting career as a singer, meeting and singing with some wonderful people. Singing meant a lot of travelling both in the UK and abroad. At one time, I toured Germany and Turkey singing for the American troops, which was a fantastic experience. But then, my husband and I wanted a family, so I said good-bye to the singing career, although I did the occasional gig. Having children is such a precious time, and I would say to anyone, treasure it, it goes so quickly and before you know it, you’re waving them off to Uni or pursuing their own dreams and their own homes. I have always had a deep interest in psychology for various reasons, and especially the area of neurosis arising from abuse. Later, I was to study how we could use our body, mind and spirit to relieve pain and overcome some life-threatening diseases. One important thing here is, I always told my patients to continue with medical treatment along with the complementary and spiritual methods, for I believe medical research and medication is also a gift from God, Spirit or the Universe, as each of us wishes to name it. I have loved writing from a child and during the years of study, research and treating some wonderful people, whom I called my friends, I would write at night, mainly short stories, and reams of poetry. I wanted to learn how to write self-help books for my clients, so I took creative writing courses at university, which led to writing a novel. So self-help novels turned to fiction but even so, I hope the novels help the reader through their own challenges, as the characters experience love, loss, passion, jealousy, illness, joy and conflict, even the threat of death.

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  1. Hi Kristen, Thank you for your review. I am delighted you appreciate the Egyptian approach to the vampire theme. I have studied the ancient religions, mysticism and mythology for years and have finally taken the plunge and written the book. :))

    God Bless

    Katy Walters ,