Thursday, 10 September 2009

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Egyptian Chronicles: Spitting Cobra - Gill Harvey


The Spitting Cobra is the first in a new series of four books set in Ancient Egypt. The Horned Viper, the second Egyptian Chronicle, will be published in October 2009 and two further instalments will be released in 2010. Each book is a fantastically atmospheric evocation of Egyptian life encased in an exciting adventure story. The boy and girl characters, Hopi and Isis, feature in each book and readers will be intrigued to follow their struggles for existence and adventure in Egypt circa 1150 BC. Set in the legendary Valley of the Kings, The Spitting Cobra opens the series with a gripping adventure of royal proportions, as Isis and Hopi try to solve the mystery of who is stealing sacred treasures from the heavily guarded Pharaoh's tombs.


One of the problems that parents often have is trying to find ways to interest the young reader. What this offering from Gill does is present the readers with a story that not only thrills them but allows them to learn about ancient Egypt and their gods. Its quirky, its fun and above all it’s a story that will appeal to both genders as the author presents an engaging tale of mystery, suspense and above all a story that will keep the reader guessing as to the perpetrator of the crime for which our heroes investigate. Subsequent books in the series will be released next year.

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