Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Asha in Time by Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney

Asha in Time by Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney
Release Date: November 22, 2011
Publisher: Self via Smashwords
Genre: YA

The Story: She was a normal girl with two normal parents, growing up normally in a small town far away from her fundamentalist adoptive grandparents. The only abnormal thing about Svana was that her parents believed her biological father was a sword wielding would-be murderer, but that’s their little secret not meant to be talked about in polite company.

She was just about to celebrate her thirteenth birthday (in a normal fashion for a normal soon-to-be teenager) when everything went abnormally wrong. Svana, the child who was always encouraged to be average, was about to become something far more than that. She was being called to her destiny, whether or not her mother thought that was appropriate.

For, in ancient Egypt, thirteen was a magical number. At thirteen, a girl was a woman. At thirteen, a girl owned her own body, her own future. At thirteen, a girl should have been thinking of marriages and babies, occupations and household making. At thirteen, a girl was encouraged to tempt fate and future with her own seductive hands. Svana was called to learn these things and learn them quickly, as a far larger plan was being set in motion all around and because of her.

Svana is just one of the many female characters introduced in “Asha in Time,” a YA novel that reawakens one of the most golden ages in Egyptian lore. Svana, the sable haired, exotic pariah of the modern day, found that her thirteenth birthday would bring with it the chance to take her place in history as a queen. Yet, she would have to adopt every extraordinary aspect of Egyptian culture to take up that role she was fated for and, most difficult of all, she would have to lose her heart to one of the most powerful, determined teenage kings to have ever breathed. Only the strongest among women could shoulder that yoke and Svana, after all, was only thirteen.

My Review: Wow, I love time travel type of books, but this one beats them all! There's something about using mythology, or lore, that turns out really neat. You're able to use a story that most already know, but throw in a few twists and turns. Asha in Time is the perfect read to just get away from reality, even if it's just while reading this book... Ok that made no sense, but really, you can put your name in place of Svana and imagine you're there in Egypt.

1 comment:

  1. Can't say I've ever seen any time travel books that involve ancient Egypt, so I'm definitely intrigued by this one. That was such a rich period of time, culture-wise, and I love whenever authors are able to bring that history to life. It'll be interesting to see how a modern-day character does with the culture and mores of the time.




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