Egypt the Uprising
Battle for Ma'at
by Almira Aly
A debut novel like no other-- touches on the apocalyptic flavors of the times and tells of a history that transcends the past.
Why is the Arab world in turmoil? What instigated the Spring of Freedom?
There is more to the story than meets the eye...
The very fabric of the world is at stake.
And , believe it or not, your fate lies in the hands of one book-loving Egyptian teen with an extraordinary heritage .
Aya is an Egyptian teenage girl trying to mind her own business and take care of her brother. As their country is swept by the tides of a revolution against a tyrant nicknamed the vile pharaoh, Aya tries to stay adrift. But her blood has something different in store for her.
Learning what the Ancients have always known, She joins a battle for truth and freedom-- a battle for Ma'at.
It is not just a story, however, it is a world-within-world, and a fresh tantalizing outlook on the events in our modern events.
This elegant novella is an introduction to a multi-volume series... The Battle for Maat.
I hate to say it, but I have to say it. I did not enjoy this book. There are many reasons and most have to do with me, not the book. First, I thought I was well versed in the mythology of ancient Egypt. Not so. Not by a long shot. I had no idea who or what Ma'at was or half of the other ancients were in the Neteru discussed in the book. I don't know if you can find fault with the author on that one. Can you? Except for, I left the novel still not really understanding who they were. There were too many and each had too many names. Maybe a glossary would have helped. And I don't know that later editions didn't include one.
The second, the flow, it didn't. It stopped at each part of the story. First there was the revolution and the bloodshed. Then Aya,'s brother joins the fray and she loses him. It's never clear whether he's dead or just captured. Aya doesn't know. Then she's IM-ing the ancient goddess Ma'at.
There is a long slog through a tunnel under the Sphinx and I don't understand it's purpose. Nothing is really learned. People disappear and reappear with no explanation. There is a secret society that Aya's mother was part of and it's possible she's still alive.
The conclusion is not conclusive and one character is not accounted for at all. The scientific explanations were not necessary to the story, though I understand why she included them for a certain character's background. And I was totally lost with what the intent of the bad guys were doing and how they were using Sheddy.
So, I was clueless, bored, and confused as to where and what was happening.
I do think the story has a lot of promise. After they get out of the tunnel under the Sphinx and meet more people, things get interesting and it was a fast read. But that wasn't until the middle of the book. Aya has some bits of humor sprinkled in that are truly great. When Ma'at starts IM-ing her she says "What should I change my handle to Isis Goddes of Magic?" (p.6). And this is one of the first novels I've seen the appropriate level of sadness for the loss of a loved one shown. It seems that so many times that people go on the next day as if nothing has happened.
If you know a lot about Egyptian mythology and Egypt itself, you will find this novel fascinating. They visit many sacred places, and touch on the idea of ley lines, vampires and of course immortality. And World Destruction. Those ideas are sometimes hard to understand, but also interesting, especially ley lines. This isn't the first novel I've seen them mentioned in.
The writing is easy to understand. The sentences are simple and it doesn't read like a translation at all. I believe the author was educated in the US and writes in English very well. No awkward phrasing or misuse of words.
So that's my honest review. I received this book from the author for no monetary compensation. I doubt I'll be receiving the sequel.