Synopsis

Bolivian-Argentinian Inez Olivera belongs to the glittering upper society of nineteenth century Buenos Aires, and like the rest of the world, the town is steeped in old world magic that’s been largely left behind or forgotten. Inez has everything a girl might want, except for the one thing she yearns the most: her globetrotting parents—who frequently leave her behind.

When she receives word of their tragic deaths, Inez inherits their massive fortune and a mysterious guardian, an archeologist in partnership with his Egyptian brother-in-law. Yearning for answers, Inez sails to Cairo, bringing her sketch pads and an ancient golden ring her father sent to her for safekeeping before he died. But upon her arrival, the old world magic tethered to the ring pulls her down a path where she soon discovers there’s more to her parent’s disappearance than what her guardian led her to believe.

With her guardian’s infuriatingly handsome assistant thwarting her at every turn, Inez must rely on ancient magic to uncover the truth about her parent’s disappearance—or risk becoming a pawn in a larger game that will kill her.

The Mummy meets Death on the Nile in this lush, immersive historical fantasy set in Egypt filled with adventure, a rivals-to-lovers romance, and a dangerous race.

Review

5 stars and howling in frustration!

What the River Knows is a story about a girl whose parents left every year for several months to go chase for Egypt’s past every year.

They would sail from Argentina, their comfortable estate and lively daughter Inez to Egypt and dig Egypt’s soil with Inez’s uncle looking for magic artefacts.

One day, they disappear and Inez will sneak out, leaving her two cousins and aunt to board a ship to Egypt under the pretense of being a young widow.

Guided by a magic ring that her father sent her, she is determined to know the truth but she’ll be hindered by her uncle, who wants to send her back home and by his handsome yet rakish assistant Whit.

You will have magic, adventure, villains hiding in the shadow etc etc.

My first reaction early on was that this felt like an Indiana Jones movie except that Indi was a woman!

I was really engrossed in the story, loved Inez’s confidence and irreverence. Witnessing the attraction and push and pull between her and Whit was a delight!

And finding that I was right in my suspicions was very gratifying.

BUT

That book also had me fuming MAD!

Because the author did something that I loathe in books (and no I won’t say what). She chose a path that was not necessary.

And also because the very lats pages had me drop my jaws to the floor!

I was all: What?????

And yet, even if I am mad at the author I am also very much in awe of her talent and totally under that story’s spell so I WILL read the sequel and I would love to have an advanced reading copy because waiting for November to happen is so long!

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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