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Akhet: Sekhmet's Light, Book One (Sekhmet's Light Trilogy) Paperback – April 3, 2010

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Sekhmet's Light Series

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H.L. Reasby is a resident of the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and a small menagerie of pets, including two cats, a crazed Pug, and a rambunctious German Shepherd Dog. She is an avid reader, a fan of action and sci-fi and fantasy movies, and also enjoys both computer and pen-and-paper gaming.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sekhmet's Light Trilogy
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450564801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450564809
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,634,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a nice beginning to what seems to be a very intriguing, action-packed series. Immersed in the alluring world of ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, I could not help but be pulled into the story. The story proves to be very well researched in Egyptian mythology, and the main character, Dr. Nicole Salem, is strong-willed and fierce. She struggles with how to take on the responsibility of her newly awakened goddess status while leading an army into war against an evil Egyptian god. Although I did enjoy the plot, I was a bit disappointed by the pacing of the story. The book started off very fast paced, but lost some of that momentum towards the middle. Despite that, I did enjoy the story and would definitely read the next in the series.

By Jamee Pritchard, The Kindle Book Review
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I really enjoyed this book for various reasons:
anything that has to do with mythology always attracts me and the author incorporated Egyptian mythology into this story beautifully.
the action begins with the first page and keeps going!
the story kept me interested throughout and it was the right length.
I liked how Nur/Nicole knew some things instinctively while she had to work to get better at others.
Another thing I liked about this book was that it can be read as a stand alone.
Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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I noticed this looked, at a glance, like a sort of self published novel - mind you a very nicely done one with the cover and printing quality. I was a little wary about that. I also noticed right away that it is a short novel, just shy of 200 pages. I noticed numerous typos as a read it, but not so many that it really bothered me. I found the typos annoying and it did irk me for the moment that I noticed them. As a writer myself, I am hyperaware of that sort of thing.

With all of that said, the story and writing very surprisingly good. The tone and style of the writing was pretty down to earth and refreshing. The characters, for the most part, were built well. They seemed believable and realistic for a book of this nature. You accept the deities and magic, and a few other things as necessary to the premise and its a fun ride after that. I am not quite to the end of the first book (this one) and I just ordered the next two in the series.

Sidenote: really fast into the book, I hated Marcus. He's constantly either whining about how he is worried about Nicole, he is whining about how everyone else thinks she's sleeping with her mentor, or he is accusing her of infidelity. He is a paranoid, possessive, insecure, ass and a whiny little jerk. I was happy when he seemed 'written out of the story' and it made a lot of sense for the progression. I will be angry if he ends up coming back though, as that would seem both unrealistic and insulting to the reader, our beloved heroine and the integrity of the story.
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It all started innocently enough for Dr. Nicole Salem, just another day "at the office". If your office happened to be, the Deserts of Egypt and you happened to be an archeologist working in the ruins of an ancient Egyptian temple. That's when things go from "just another day" to "staring down your own destiny" in the blink of an eye. Leaving Dr. Nicole Salem with a destiny she didn't know was possible and enemies coming from all sides. As she learns what is to be who is she is, Sekhmet's Light.

Akhet, The Inundation is book one in Sekhmet's Light Trilogy written by H.L. Reasby. Reasby is a talented author with a firm grasp of both conversation and descriptive narrative. She is very detailed in her descriptions of characters and settings, which gives the reader a feeling of being included in the story. I've never had the pleasure of visiting Egypt; however, H.L. Reasby's description left me feeling as if I could smell the air of the market place.

Her description of her characters covered every last detail so flawless that I felt as if I knew them nearly as well as I know myself. I also appreciated the `Dramatis Personae' in the end of the book. I've read other novels where the authors have tried to include something similar before the novel even began and all it did was serve to confuse me for the first few chapters because I didn't know who to look for. So Kudos for that!

If I'm honest, as much as I enjoyed Akhet, The Inundation, I had one major issue. The novel as a whole left me feeling a bit "time warped". Basically, what I mean is this, so much would happen in a few pages that it felt to me as if 20, 30 or 40 pages had been read. In fact, I had read maybe 10 pages. At other times, things would move at a slower pace and the opposite would occur.
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I liked this story, in no small part due to the fact that I love mythology from anywhere. Akhet: Sekhmet's Light has many Egyptian mythology references.

The story starts with Nicole who is an archaeologist, getting ready to descend into a cavern somewhere in Egypt. During her decent, the winch lowering her malfunctions and she plummets to the floor below her. I have a supreme fear of falling, and this scene locked in my attention. I had to know what happened to Nicole.

It turns out that she fell into a temple to Sekhmet led by the Priestess Meshrew. Meshrew directs other priestesses to prepare Nicole to meet the Goddess Sekhmet. Sekhmet charges Nicole with the duty of being her living avatar in the fight against evil. Nicole becomes NeruSekhmet, or Sekhmet's Light.

As the story progresses, Nicole balances her personality and duty. She studies with the warriors of Horus, learning how to fight the followers of Apep, Serpent of the Underworld. Apep's followers are bent on creating the destruction and ruin of civilization. As NeruSekhmet, Nicole must gather the various factions of the Egyptian gods and lead them in the battle/war.

While the story was good, I felt that it did not end well. It was like it got cut off early rather than coming to a satisfying conclusion. I know it is the first book in a series, but all books in a series should be a complete story with a full escalation, climax, conclusion, and this story fell just a little short.

Characters:
Nicole/NeruSekhmet - She really develops as a well-rounded character during this story. She starts out rather clueless and inept, even accidentally killing one of her protectors.
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