Title: The Blazing Star
Author: Imani Josey
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Netgalley for review purposes.
Portia has been living in her twin sister’s shadow her entire life because her twin sister is a genius and Portia has been standing behind Alex in support her entire life. But when Portia comes into contact with an ancient Egyptian scarab, she is pushed into the limelight for the first time in her entire life – she is transported to Ancient Egypt. Now Portia is in Ancient Egypt with her sister and a freshman, and a new magical ability she’s never had before. They find out they are tied to the past, and to each other, in more ways than they ever realised and now they have to decide what is truly important.
The Blazing Star was a well-researched and enjoyable book. The Blazing Star is definitely a breath of fresh air in YA – it is an original story with a unique setting so it is one I’d would recommend for those looking for a historical time travelling fantasy with a diverse setting. The setting was atmospheric and one of the best aspect of The Blazing Star – the myth, culture, and religion was really interesting and rich.
However, the reason it got a lower rating was largely due to its very sluggish pace. The second half picked up a little bit. I also felt like characterisation was lacking compared to the world building. Portia herself had some decent character growth, I felt like the secondary character were not as well developed. The same can be said for the relationships. Being a twin myself I was looking forward to Alex and Portia’s relationship but it did not really resonate with me. Portia’s relationship with Meremptah also suffered from insta-love, but it was actually cute and they had a good chemistry but I am glad it wasn’t at the forefront of the story. There was a lot of girls supporting girls, so that was also a positive.
Overall, an original and diverse read with a rich and atmospheric setting – would definitely recommend