The Eyes of Pharaoh

Children - Action
158 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2015
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Author Biography

Chris Eboch lives in New Mexico, where she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and watching the sunset from her patio. Her home office looks out on nature, complete with distracting wildlife such as roadrunners and foxes. Her BFA in photography is used mainly to show Facebook friends how lovely the Southwest is.

Chris’s middle grade novels include The Genie’s Gift, a middle eastern fantasy; The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; and the Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Eyes of Pharaoh by Chris Eboch is a story with Egypt as its backdrop. It revolves around three interesting characters, Seshta, Horus and Reya. Each one of them has dreams but still their bonding is strong. The plot takes a turn when Reya tells Seshta and Horus that Egypt is in danger before he disappears. Seshta and Horus find themselves on a path where they have to try to escape from being trapped and not only rescue Reya but also save Egypt. Set in ancient Egypt, the story not only speaks about the friendship between the three friends but also gives a peek into the culture and history of ancient Egypt.

I found the book fascinating for many reasons. It is informative and educational and it is not only about Egypt but also about friendship and loyalty. The many dimensions in the plot make it an engaging read. The characters are relatable and the author's writing gives a good pace to the story. The twists and turns in the plot make it a compelling read. The setting of the story shows the extensive research the author must have done to make it enjoyable to readers. The mystery that runs through the plot is intriguing and the images are vivid. The author does an excellent job by bringing ancient Egypt to life through this story and giving readers a lot of information about the beliefs that existed in society during that period, as well as the culture and history.

Rated S for Snapped Up.


The Eyes of Pharaoh: A Mystery in Ancient Egypt
By Chris Eboch

Poe thinks this is MG historical mystery

First sentences: Seshta ran. Her feet pounded the hard-packed dirt street. She lengthened her stride and lifted her face to Ra, the Sun God.

Seshta's a 13-year-old Temple dance student who wants to be a star. She still pals around with brother-like Horus (a toy-maker's apprentice), but she's old enough to be developing a crush on another old friend, Reya. Reya's in the army now, and frustrates Seshta by treating her like a kid sister. He's also the source of hints that foreign troublemakers are hatching a plot in the city.

Like Call Me Kate, this story shows how today's kinds of conflicts play out in another time and place. Seshta must compete with sly fellow students who seem fresh out of Dance Moms; Horus's brilliant toy designs are claimed by his boss; every foreign face looks dangerous.

Eboch eschews the stilted language that often puts readers off historicals. The feel of time and place are expertly integrated, never telly. Eboch previously published another Egyptian historical, The Well of Sacrifice, with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the Haunted series with Aladdin.

Rated S for Snapped Up.