We are so excited to share with you the good news! The third book in the Quest Series by S.W. Lothian, The Fallen Pharaoh is now available. Have you read the first two books in the series yet? No?! No problem; here is more information about Book 1: The Golden Scarab (our book review) and Book 2: The Cursed Nile (our book spotlight). Want to learn more about Book 3: The Fallen Pharaoh? Read on!
Author: S.W. Lothian
Year Published: 2013
Publisher: Independent – Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Recommended Age: 9+
Purchase: Amazon (US) * Amazon (Canada)
The Early Buzz
“Book 3 in the series is by far the best.” ~ 5-Star review from Jujuberry37, Amazon
“…I am excited to find out what happens next in the book. The book is well written and is such an intriguing adventure you can’t put it down. What I really enjoy is learning so much Egyptian information from a fiction book. This is one I can recommend to my Humanities teacher and will definitely have a place on my shelf.” ~ 5-Star review from Sandra S., Amazon
What it’s About: JJ, Linc, and Rani are back in the third installment of the Quest Series by S.W. Lothian. In this third book, the threesome are heralded back to ancient Egypt by their old friend prince Khafre to discover that his father, the Pharaoh has died under mysterious circumstances; and that he, the prince, is now poised to become Pharaoh. Khafre fears that his life is in danger as well for he suspects that the sacred Ankh of Life, which protects all Pharaohs, has been stolen from its sacred resting place.
The brave and loyal friends, JJ, Link, and Rani, soon discover that Khafre’s suspicions are indeed correct and, using secret time-travel portals, set off to New York City and Paris to find the Ankh of Life and safely return it to its correct time and place. But will they be able to accomplish this, while being chased by the relentless Uberdiles and the mysterious Leesa, in time to save the Pharaoh?
My Thoughts: As with the previous two books, Lothian does a great job of engaging the reader in The Fallen Pharaoh by wasting no time and diving right into a suspense- and adventure-filled story. The Fallen Pharaoh includes many of the same themes as the previous two books and once again incorporates Egyptian mythology in the storyline. But, this time, the threesome travel through time and space to additional settings: New York City’s Time Square and the Eiffel Tower and Louvre in Paris. This is another gripping adventure by Lothian!
The Fallen Pharaoh features the return of many of the same characters introduced in the first two books including JJ, Linc, and Rani as well as Patra (introduced in the second book), Khafre (featured in all three books), and some of the Egyptian Gods, Goddesses, and statues featured in either Book 1 and/or 2. This third book also introduces us to some new characters as well, including Khafre’s sister Khamere and his brother Djedefre, a new statue Mr. M, and a mysterious character who travels through time following the children, but who largely remains in the shadows – Leesa.
I enjoyed the interactions and comraderie amongst the three main characters, and the introduction of some of the new characters, but I must admit that I felt frustrated about the inclusion of Leesa. Leesa was always in the background and while she played a role in creating some tension in the story, I felt that she didn’t play a large enough role to justify her inclusion in the story. I don’t doubt that the author has plans to feature her more prominently in the next book, but she easily could have been written out. I think even one significant encounter or interaction with the children would have been better.
The story itself grabbed me in the opening sentences and kept me glued to the pages until the end. It is a suspenseful page-turner with JJ, Linc, and Rani in real danger as they attempt to recover the Ankh of Life. That being said, the plot featured in The Fallen Pharaoh involves darker themes (i.e., murder) than the previous books and I found it to be more complex than the previous two books. There are certain parts that I felt needed further elaboration; in particular, the disappearance of the Ankh (i.e., how it initially disappeared, where exactly it was placed, and how it was relocated to Paris). I felt like I wanted more information.
My Bottom Line: Lothian continues in the same vein as the previous two books in the Quest Series, by providing his fans with another fast-paced rollicking adventure steeped in mythology featuring JJ, Linc, and Rani, the three loyal comrades dedicated to helping their friends in Ancient Egypt. Another winner!
Who Would Like This Book? I think that children aged 9 and over who enjoy reading books involving mythology, time-travel, and adventure would love this book.
Mom Rating: ★★★★☆
Mom Rating: ★★★★☆
* I was given this book free-of-charge by the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. *
About The Author
S.W. Lothian is a funny and cool guy from Australia. His kids call him ‘Phil Dunphy’, because he reminds them of the dad from Modern Family. He isn’t sure whether this is a compliment or not, but he takes it as a compliment.
As an imaginative kid he dreamed of creating exciting worlds and funky characters. He loved watching all those classic cartoons on TV – Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Road Runner (surely, Coyote would win one day), Wacky Races, and so on. All he wanted to do was to create cool characters and stories by hand. 25 years later, the long-held dream to create erupted like a jam donut in a microwave and S.W. started writing children’s fiction for kids. Perhaps his awesome stories will become so popular that they will be animated one day?!
When he writes, it’s for his kids. He writes stories to excite them, inspire them, and teach. Stories with awesome edge-of-your-seat action and adventure scattered with fun. Stories that let adults remember the dreams of their own childhood. His dream has evolved over the years, from superstar cartoonist – to corporate soldier – to proud parent – to children’s writer. In his wildest dreams, his books will be extremely successful. However, it’s one step at a time. A waterfall starts with a trickle; he hopes his books are his waterfall.
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** Goodreads Giveaway **
The author of the Quest Series, S.W. Lothian, is giving away 1 copy of The Fallen Pharaoh to a lucky winner (open to U.S., Canada, AUS, NZ, and GB). Ends August 9, 2013.
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