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Alyssa must help her father, fight off a group of dangerous people all while attempting to unlock the secrets of an ancient civilisation. The Hall of Records had always plagued Alyssa and her father, Kaden, ever since her mother’s death. When the time comes to unearth the Hall, Alyssa is on the other side of the world, unable to be there with Kaden. But when things take a dangerous turn, Alyssa will go on a journey she never would have expected, hopping from one part of the globe to another in a matter of days.
Kaden and his colleagues are infected with a disease, the only hint of a cure rests with a pyramid-shaped crystal found in the entrance to the Hall of Records. But to get it back, Alyssa must travel to London and retrieve it from the World Health Organization. There she meets the charming Paul and the young genius Clay. Together they figure out how to unlock the secrets of the crystal.
Paul and Clay were overly British, frequently using British slang and phrases. It was a lot of fun and instantly made me love the boys. I’m so glad Paul joined Alyssa on her journey, he was a great character, a good person and a compelling love interest. Turns out he’s a decent fighter, too.
The crystal provided images of an ancient civilisation and the helmet that Clay devised lets you live them. The artefact contains someone’s memories and reveals an ancient culture much more advanced than our own. The point of view change, from she to I, was a masterful touch, making you feel like you’re experiencing the memories yourself, but without revealing who’s memories you’re following. The take on Egyptian mythology was unique and enjoyable, standing out from the other attempts other authors have made.
The evil Society was a believable mix between known secretive groups and the historical figures discussed in the book. George Renley was the first explorer to go looking for the Hall of Records and go missing. He has had something to do with the Society, either as inspiration or a member. The author was skilled at showing the dual opinions within one organisation, two approaches to the same goal.
I really loved this book. The blurb may make it seem like an urban fantasy – which it was – but a large part of it was mystery based. What is the Hall of Records? What is the disease? What is the artefact, and why does the Society want? It was an intriguing mystery, with plenty of smaller mysteries solved along the way to keep you satisfied. A truly great read for those you want a little taste of fantasy/ sci-fi in their mystery.
I am so grateful I got to read such a great book thanks to Net Galley. Heir of Ra is a book that took me by surprise, I thought it would be good, but I enjoyed it much more than I expected. It was one of my highlights of the new year! I give it 5/5 and am desperate for the next book in the series!
Net Galley: https://www.netgalley.com/book/155137/review/530821