In a world absorbed in Celtic mythology and clones and knock-offs of The DaVinci Code, Spear of Seth reminds us that there are other mythologies than those involving Druids and other Mysteries than those belonging to the Templars/Masons. Fresh, original, and paced like a roller coaster ride once it gets going, the story will remind you a bit of Hitchcock classics like "The Man Who Knew Too Much" in which some poor schmoe just minding his own business inadvertently tumbles into a world of intrigue. In this case, the hero, college student Alex Khayan, stumbles into a secret involving the Duat, the underworld of the Egyptian mythos. The father of the other protagonist, ace med student Heather Van Senmut, has been poisoned by a magical poison whose only cure may be the titular "spear of Seth." What is it, how do normal non-deific college students get to it, fight the bad guys who want it for their own nefarious purposes, and defeat the spear's terrible guardians?
Part of the appeal of the book is that when one entrance to the Duat collapses with some of both the bad guys and the good guys inside, it's up to Heather and her mentor Miriam to find a second way in. Enter one of Heather's pre-med instructors who knows a guy who knows ---well, quite a lot about Elizabethan alchemist John Dee. And Dee conducted enough research in Eastern Europe that he just might have the missing link that leads to a second entrance to the Duat...
One outstanding feature of the book is that not all of the protagonists are young and beautiful. Miriam is a middle-aged archaeologist who knows a thing or two about magic, the two older professors spar at times like a comedy team, Heather may be classically beautiful, but Alex initially looks like a character from Revenge of the Nerds. And they all rise to the occasion. The writing, like the premise, is fresh and original. This is a must-read for anyone who likes mystery and mythology and is willing to expand beyond the Celtic source material that has flooded the fantasy market.
By Karen Anne Webb, Author of Carotian Union, Chalice of Life and Tapestry of Enchantment
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