Adventure · Fantasy · Mystery · YA

The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

Very enjoyable read even if a bit short in my opinion, maybe because I’m used to read relatively big books. The story tough is really good bringing together adventure, time-travelling, mystery and mythology.

The story starts with a museum visit where a 14 year old boy named Jon hears the sphinx whisper to him. When he returns at night, curiosity getting the best of him, Jon is introduced to Neb, a spirit trapped inside the sphinx after being murdered by an evil sorcerer in Ancient Egypt. In order for Neb to be released, Jon has travel back in time and find his killer. How to go unnoticed? By assuming the identity of the pharaoh’s son of course.

The story is fast-paced and very easy to follow and enjoy. Jon is a very likeable young boy with a thirst for adventure and reveals a level of courage beyond his years.
I would have liked to see a more detailed description of the old Egyptian world. I’m a big fan of mythology and it would have been nice some more depth in this field.

I recommend this book for YA/children that love mythology and like quick-readings!

Thank you NetGalley, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.

3 Stars

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