Hi everybody! Another super blog tour for you! Today I am reviewing The Genes of Isis by Justin Newland as part of random things blog tours headed by the wonderful Anne Carter.
The Genes of Isis is a speculative account of the genesis of today’s human race, aka homo sapiens sapiens.
Akasha is a precocious girl living in a world where the oceans circulate in the sky waters. She dreams of releasing the Surge, the next evolutionary step for an embryonic human race, but it’s dormant, trapped inside every human.
Horque is a Solarii, a tribe of angels who manifested in human form and settled in Ancient Egypt. He and they are desperate to return home, but can only do so by unravelling the chaos left behind by the Helios, another tribe of angels who left humanity on the brink of extinction and who sired a race of hybrids.
When Akasha foretells the falling of the sky waters and falls in love with Horque, her life becomes an instrument for apocalyptic change.
Official blurb of, The Genes of Isis
I have a huge interest in Egyptology so I was intrigued by this book! Many of the Egyptological stories I have read in the past, (e.g, Bram Stoker’s, The Jewel of Seven Stars) have been ‘okay’, but never really gripped me from the first page and took ages to get into. Newland’s novel, however, immediately grabbed my attention, so much so I read a huge chunk of it in one sitting (and very nearly missed my train stop!).
I was transformed into a world that seemed so familiar, but how? It is told as if it has been written centuries ago, (but without the nightmarish Shakespearean language!) and has a nostalgic fable element to the narrative. I was surprised how a work of essentially ‘alternative history’ fiction could also seem so dystopian and alien to me. I thought addressing it as ‘speculative fiction’ would be best (think Ursula Le Guin and Margaret Atwood) as there are so many uncanny features similar to our own world, yet we are looking through them from a completely different perspective.
I thought the characters were very well thought out and not only emphasise the power of survival, but also bring high moral values to the plot, which for me, was what notched this novel up to 5/5 stars. I couldn’t comprehend what was going to happen next- this book is so unpredictable I had to race to get to the end as I couldn’t wait any longer!
The descriptive narration throughout the novel created graphic and vivid images so full of imagination and whimsy, I could not help but soak in the ambiance of the story. Even the oppositional elements – destruction vs creation, I thought the balance (good/evil etc) was excellently portrayed to a point where I was hoping this would end up being a series of books!
Newland’s novel is creative, sophisticated, and down right brilliant! I couldn’t ask more of a Egyptian-esque book!
I would recommend this book for anyone interested ion Egyptology, mythology, and speculative fiction. The action packed adventure will surely be up your street if you enjoy any of these topics!
How to get your hands on a copy:
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A HUUUUGE thank you to Anne Carter for my space on this amazing blog tour! And a BIIIIIIIIG thank you to Justin for my copy!
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Happy reading! Lx
*All images courtesy of Anne Carter