Miss Hattie Blackhouse has never been close to her parents…and no wonder, since the Blackhouses are renowned scholars who spend most of their time excavating ancient tombs in Egypt. But news of their disappearance
forces Hattie to leave England and embark on a voyage that will reveal the long-buried secrets of her past. An encrypted senet board and a gold medallion lead Hattie on a perilous quest to track down her missing parents—and discover why people associated with the Blackhouses continue to turn up dead. What she uncovers is a secret that could alter the course of history…
Publisher and Release Date: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 5, 2013)
Time and Setting: Regency England, Egypt
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 5 stars
Review by Maggi
This fast-paced adventure featuring a feisty heroine and a dashingly mysterious hero we are never quite sure of until close to the end kept me turning the pages!
Hathor Blackouse, also called Hattie, is the daughter of two famous archaeologists. She lives an isolated life in Cornwall, England, well cared for by her governess, Miss Swansea, and her best friend and neighbor Robbie. Her parents are virtual strangers whom she seldom sees as they are always away in Egypt on archeological digs.
WHen her governess ups and marries the curate – who had been Hattie’s suitor – she comes up with a plan B. She will marry her neighbor, Robbie. But first, she has to find him, for he has embarked on an important business trip to Europe. Being of a fiery, adventurous nature and fed up with her boring existence, Hattie follows him to Paris.
Although Hattie is well beyond the age of requiring a governess, Bing becomes her next companion, keen to follow her to the ends of the earth if need be, armed, and even prepared to climb out of second-story windows without a word of complaint.
In Paris, Hattie discovers her parents are missing, feared dead. She is thrust into a hotbed of intrigue, and surrounded by shady characters who seem to want something from her. She handles them all with great aplomb, aided by the unflappable and wise Bing.
But unlike her parents, Hattie remains underwhelmed by ancient Egyptian history.
Hattie was mixing her dynasties again-but honestly, who could keep them straight? It was three thousand years ago, for the love of heaven.
Hattie’s need for answers takes her up the Nile to her parent’s dig, where she discovers a fact that rocks her to the very core. As her parents named her after the Goddess of Fertility and used her likeness, she is regarded as the daughter of the god-king, for some, a reincarnation of Seti l’s daughter.
Hattie struggles to find someone she can trust – discovering that not even her parent’s solicitor is worthy of her confidence. She wishes desperately to trust Monsieur Berry, a man who claims to be French, but she suspects isn’t. Although he refuses to act on it, she is sure that he is smitten, while she tries not to fall in love with him, for he has secrets he freely admits he cannot share with her. But the air literally crackles with desire whenever he is near.
The defeated Napoleon The Great, incarcerated and sulking on the island of Elba is planning an escape, while the Congress of Vienna (1815) works to re-establish the boundaries of Europe. There is smoldering anger in Egypt at this time, which is a hotbed of greed with European philanthropists looting the graves of the kings, and some quite prepared to kill for them. Murder and mayhem ensue, thrusting Hattie into the very centre of events. Some believe she holds the key to her parent’s legacy. And many of those Hattie seeks for answers, keep mysteriously dying.
Daughter of the God-King is as much a romantic thriller as a historical romance. It has witty dialogue, vivid descriptions that take us into the Valley of Kings under a full moon, and even into a sarcophagus with a dead body! the book is a great, well-written mystery. I was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review it.