Priestess of the Nile
Expected publication: January 23rd 2012 by Carina Press
Egypt, 1500 BC
Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile by an enchanting song, Sobek the Crocodile God is even more captivated by the sight of the singer herself. Appearing to her as a man, he learns she is Merys, a descendant of his last priestess. Though filled with lust, Sobek believes Merys deserves to be more than just his mistress. But the rules that govern the Egyptian pantheon forbid anything beyond a physical joining of a Great One and a human.
Merys is attracted to the handsome stranger, who arouses passions in her that no man ever has. But with no dowry and no hope of ever leaving her village, she dares not dream of the future—or love.
Sobek takes every opportunity to visit Merys, taxing his resolve to leave her pure. When he saves her life, their mutual desire must be sated. But can a love between a human and an immortal survive the ultimate test of the gods?
Loving all things egyptian, as soon as I read the book synopsis, I knew I had to give it a try. Priestess of the Nile was a very short story, with 21,000 words, but all of them with a poetic touch to them.
The writing really makes you think you're back in old Egypt. The vocabulary and the descriptions of clothing and places make it all more believable.
I liked the story, I read it in one sitting before going to bed, but I wasn't very impressed.
Bek, the mighty Crocodile God went from conceited, vain and somewhat heartless, to warm and caring. But still I didn't really get a true feeling of the love he repeatedly claimed he felt. Sure, I felt sorry for him many times, but his heart didn't really reach out to me, I guess.
Merys was a very sweet, innocent woman. Her family was very crappy (which made me like her even more for all that they put her through) and she seemed to really fall for Bek, but, again, I didn't get the impression of the real thing from the writing.
I think I just didn't like it more because the dialogues were so formal, and there weren't many descriptions of what was happening half the time (I like to read things happening, not just being told about them, I guess).
I really enjoyed the scenes with the old Egyptian Gods in them, such as Osiris and Isis. I loved every mention about them.
I expected a more... well, hot read from the cover, but the book was surprisingly tame. LOL. There were sex scenes, don't get me wrong, but they weren't very sexual, if you get my meaning? They weren't explicit at all. Like I said before, the book sounds very poetic to you as you read it.
If you like quick reads, sweet romances and egyptian tales, go for it. ;)
*I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*