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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Daughter of Ra by Christopher D. Abbott is the third book in the epic fantasy series Songs of the Osirian. Although Abbott recommends reading Book One first, a summary of what has happened in the story so far enables this book to stand on its own. Modern Earth’s civilization has been partially destroyed by an existential war between forces of good and evil. Powerful priests and followers of the Dark Lord Beast want to resurrect Sekhmet, a daughter of Ra condemned to the void in ancient times for her unbridled blood-lust. They are opposed by forces of light: an array of gods, humans, and the Osirian, who have been protectors of mankind. Who will win the war to end all wars? The future of the world hangs in the balance.
In Daughter of Ra, Abbott gives us an exciting and engaging story of “loss, love, betrayal, and hope.” Inspired by the mythology of ancient Egypt, the plot incorporates modern humans into an amazing cast of gods and other creatures, including some you wouldn’t want to encounter without a warrior goddess and her Army of Light standing in front of you. The story is driven by well-paced dialog, descriptive narrative, and plot twists that keep the reader turning the pages. I was a bit overwhelmed by the cast of characters at first, but each quickly became real and relatable. The protagonists aren’t emotionally flat, being simply good or bad. There is room for failure and redemption, tender emotions, loyalty, sacrifice, and courage. An entertaining story which has inspired me to read the first books in the series.