The Secret of the Sphinx
Author: Samuel Bavli
Publisher: Createspace (Amazon)
Age: JUV 10+
This was a book I received as a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
For a book that is less than 200 pages this story sure does move fast & encompass a lot of information.
The story begins in Ancient Egypt, the year is 2558 B.C.E. The king’s vizer Neb is taken from his chambers in the middle of the night to a temple in the desert. His captor is a man dressed in an Anubis mask. Neb is poisoned & killed, then his ka or soul is transferred to live out eternity in the body of the great sphinx. The only way to release his soul is when a descendant of the then King of Egypt rules on the throne again.
Fast forward to the present day & there’s a boy named Jon visiting the museum where the sphinx is located. But it’s not just an ordinary sphinx, it’s talking to him. The sphinx with Neb trapped inside needs his help to escape. The pair travel back in time to Ancient Egypt to discover the truth. It turns out that Jon is a descendent of the royal family & he looks just like Prince Baka. The two boys decide to switch places so Jon can find out more information without putting the Prince in danger. While they are there they find out about all the corruption inside the palace & discover who is really behind Neb’s death & several other’s. Once Jon & the sphinx return to the present day there’s a surprise waiting for them.
But will Neb’s ka be released so he can reach his final resting place after thousands of years, or will he be trapped as a sphinx for all eternity?
Likes: This was a fast paced, short book with an easy to follow energetic storyline.
You learn a little information about Egyptian culture.