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If you have read Daughter of Isis and Son of Set, you may have noticed a few things about Seth that make his life more challenging that the average teen. Seth Amahte’ O’Keefe is named after his god, Set and his gift, Amahte’ [Egyptian word meaning ‘to have the power over’]. He ‘rules’ his own world at his high school, but he faces serious ridicule at home from his cruel and overbearing father. Some things about Seth worth noting:
1. Seth has copper hair and turquoise eyes, unusual combination compared with many leading male characters.
2. Seth shows genuine concern for his mother, being fully aware that he is not supposed to care.
3. Seth is a bit less enthusiastic about creating total mayhem unlike his friends, Ky and Q.
4. Seth’s father has Seth’s life completely mapped out, including going to Yale and becoming the future Hem-netjer.
5. Seth wants to create his own path and is fed up with his father.
6. Seth’s friends are happy to capitalize on his abilities for their own advantage.
7. Seth has his demons and they can be overwhelming and extremely frightening.
8. Seth has weaknesses and tries to face them.
9. Seth is obviously attracted to Natti, but there seems to be something about her that makes him want to treat her differently than is current clan of ‘groupies.’
10. Seth is growing which makes him an interesting character to read.
I loved this book!
Physically, mentally, and emotionally battered, a delirious Natara Stone finds herself in a hotel room with the boy she holds responsible for involving her with the Sons of Set and at the same time for saving her from becoming their sacrifice. Her world has been turned upside down overnight and the only person she can trust is Seth. But is he trustworthy?
In less than 24 hours, Seth O’Keefe gave up the comforts of being the son of highest priest on the west coast for the Egyptian cult known as the Sons of Set. Marked as a traitor for saving Natti’s life, Seth is now a fugitive who the Sons want dead. He can hardly comprehend why one girl could be worth risking everything for. Was she?
Son of Set, Kelsey Ketch’s second novel in the Descendants of Isis series follows the couple as they try to find a safe haven from Seth’s father and his cohorts who are hell bound and determined to recover Natti and bring their god Set back from the dead. The story abounds with intensity as the couple struggles to survive. A rollercoaster ride, this novel takes off where Daughter of Isis left off and exceeds expectations.
Summary from Goodreads:
“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”
Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.
Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.
*Note: Content for Upper YA*
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***Some Praise for Daughter of Isis***
“Daughter of Isis is an addicting and enthralling read brimming with Egyptian mythology. Readers will be pulled into the story after simply reading a page!” —Emily, Reader Rising
“I always enjoy a good book about Mythology and Daughter of Isis brings a thrilling modern day spin to one of the tales. Kelsey Ketch wove the story perfectly and sucked me right into her magnificent world.” —Naomi, Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
***Excerpt From Son of Set***
***Warning: Excerpt May Contain Spoilers***
Seth wrung a blood-soaked hand towel until the fabric pinched the flesh of his aching palms. Droplets of Natti’s diluted blood trickled into the running water. When the cotton began to dry, he drowned it again and wrung it out even tighter. Yet, no matter how sore his hands were, the haunting bloodstains on the towel wouldn’t wash away. Exhausted and frustrated, he tossed the towel into the basin. He slammed the faucet off, leaned over the counter, and stared at his reflection. Dark circles and black kohl accented his turquoise eyes. Large, swollen bruises coated his lightly tanned skin, each screaming with the slightest movement. Dry blood encrusted his wrists. His back ached and his knees were coated with grime. Even so, his injuries carried little pain compared to the memories he was still trying to process: his own father, Sean, drawing Seth’s Glock 38 on him at the hospital; being chained down in Set’s Temple and listening to Natti’s screams while his father dosed her with synthetic scorpion venom; watching Sean enslave her essence; seeing the ceremonial dagger poised over her breast. Seth shoved his fingers through his copper hair, trying to force the images out of his mind.
A soft moan, a harsh groan, and then a scream echoed from the next room. Seth’s overwhelmed system surged with adrenaline. He raced into the bedroom of the hotel room. Natti had her back pressed against the pillows and headboard as she manically swiped at the old, floral bedcover. She abruptly withdrew her hand with another scream and began to cower, her knees brought up to her chest.
“I don’t know,” she bellowed. “I don’t know.”
“Natti?” Seth rushed to her side. He stared at the bedcover, trying to determine who or what she was shouting at.
Natti turned her glassy eyes to him with a gasp. She scrambled sideways, and Seth had to catch her before she fell over the edge of the king-sized bed. Her panicky screams transformed into desperate cries for help. Afraid someone would hear her, Seth quickly covered her mouth. She struggled against him for a brief moment before she finally went limp in his arms. Her silver-violet eyes were filled with fear.
“Shh,” Seth cooed, trying to keep his own heart from leaping out of his chest. He stared into the eyes that had bewitched him on the first day they met. When she looked back at him, it was like she was gazing at a stranger. He swallowed a lump that formed in his throat and slowly raised his fingers from her lips.
“I don’t know,” she whimpered. “I don’t know. I swear, I don’t know.”
“Natti, it’s me,” Seth whispered, mentally begging the gods to help her. “It’s Seth. We met at school in mid-September. I rescued you at the festival. I helped you escape from the temple. Don’t you remember?”
Her body tensed under his hold, and her gaze went wild while she scanned the room. “Oh God, please. . . . I don’t know.”
She wasn’t paying any attention to him. Her eyes were beginning to dilate, and her body vibrated with fear. Seth finally called on his blessing from Set, his magical charm, to try to calm her, but her mind was too wired and her veins throbbed under his touch. She suddenly screeched and thrashed violently in his arms.
“No. No, stop. I don’t know.” Her anxiety was building. Grabbing hold of her flying fists, Seth pinned her down on the bed. Her back arched and her legs kicked while she attempted to wrench herself from his grasp.
“Natti, stop,” he ordered. “Stop!”
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Before Seth could move, Natti’s lips were on his. It took him by surprise. His body automatically tensed up, then quickly relaxed once he embraced the kiss, and he slipped his fingers through her hair.
Natti pulled away with a sly smile. “Does that work for you?”
“Yeah,” Seth panted. “Yeah, I think I got it.”
He shoved some of the dirty clothes to the floor, and leaned her back on the mattress. Natti laughed as Seth crawled on top of her. He took her mouth into his, muffling her soft moans. Her sweet taste drove his system into a boil. He grew hungrier, wanting to devour her whole, but he kept his magic in check. Her hands glided gently across his back and over his shoulders, and a rumble emerged from his throat. The beast was soothed by the soft winter blast that radiated from her fingertips.
Seth had never felt more like his real self than he did at that moment. His dark lust transforming into an addictive passion. He traced gentle kisses down her collar bone. Her body melted underneath him while his hands explored every inch of her skin. Taking a moment to catch his breath, he raised himself above her and stared down at her serene face. Her eyelids fluttered open toward the pile of cloths under her.
Watch for the release this Friday, May 2nd!!
Friday, May 2nd, Kelsey Ketch’s Son of Set will be available – now is the time to check it out on Goodreads!