Actual Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Have you ever thought that looking to the past may help you find your future?
“I was only one of millions, a tiny part of an infinite whole. How could I ever hope to accomplish anything?” –Eve of the Pharoah, RM Schultz
Eve of the Pharaoh follows the story of two young people living parallel struggles, in search of answers and justice, while seeking to overcome large obstacles—both personal and on a larger scale. They both discover that the people in their lives may not be who they seem, at times enduring heartbreak and the sting of betrayal.
“I’m done judging by appearances,” I whispered. “I’ve seen the most beautiful thing in the entire world and the most hideous.” The dwarves’ eyebrows rose as they exchanged a glance. “They can both still hide the same insides,” I said. –Eve of the Pharaoh, RM Schultz
Enduring gut-wrenching loss and the weight of defeat, the characters take us through their own journeys, embracing change and discovering the extraordinary power one can possess to change circumstances.
“Have you seen the monarch butterfly? They float over the shimmering waters of the river, bringing vibrant colors, beauty, and elegance to our world. But even these creatures begin life as a dark worm. They must transform within a suffocating cocoon before revealing their true magnificence.”
Overall, the flow is an interesting ping-pong style linear adventure, which provides quick movement and prevents stagnation. The end of each chapter, in the beloved style of an adventure series, leaves the reader with a cliff-hanger. As the book moves, the parallel stories increasingly switch back and forth, creating an emotional crescendo for the reader as they now are invested in both protagonists.
One aspect I struggled with was some of the vocabulary used in the historical protagonist’s diary. There were occasional modern terms and slang that seemed unrealistic for a young slave at this time. While it is a ‘translation’ from a diary, it is unlikely that these words or vocal intonations would be used. On occasion, there were almost identical phrases or vocal timbre (both frequently have a staccato-like reaction when they realize someone is in trouble and a character’s name is used followed by an exclamation mark) used between both the historical and modern main characters. While they do in fact have a parallel experience, their voices would likely not be reflected identically. I think an opportunity to create unique voices for both characters exist, which will hopefully create more distinct identities.
Lovers of adventure, history, and drama will enjoy this book.
Due to some sexually suggestive content, I would recommend it for readers older than 16.