I’ve always been fascinating by Egyptian culture and history, and love cats – so I was delighted to be asked to review Maria Luisa Lang’s first novel, The Pharaoh’s Cat.
The Pharaoh’s Cat is the story of free-spirited, quick-witted stray cat in Ancient Egypt. Wrappa-Hamen isn’t an ordinary cat though, he has human abilities – he can walk upright on his hind legs and has mastered the power of speech. Wrappa-Hamen soon develops a special friendship with the 17 year old Pharaoh, helping him to overcome the grief of his parent’s death and laugh again. As a result, he is welcomed into the royal palace where he is pampered by servants, and develops an insatiable appetite for good food and palace gossip. Whilst Wrappa-Hamen makes friends, he also makes an enemy in the Vizier, the Pharaoh’s uncle and the second most powerful man in Egypt who is out to seize the throne.
This book is a fantastical tale with plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the page to read more. Wrappa-Hamen the cat is an endearing character, whose antics will make you laugh and smile, and you’ll enjoy the relationships he has with the other characters in the book.
Overall, I found this to be a light-hearted and enchanting read — I especially enjoyed the blend of drama, humour and rich Egyptian history.
Questions with Maria
Where did you get your inspiration for the character of Wrappa-Hamen?
I love and am fascinated by both cats and ancient Egypt. When I decided to write a novel, I couldn’t help creating an ancient Egyptian cat to be my hero. He’s also me in many ways. He has my sense of humor and my sense of justice.
Why did you decide to tell this story through the eyes of a cat?
I wanted to make ancient Egypt funny, and I’ve always felt that cats are natural comedians. I also feel they’re capable of deep love and close friendship with people as well as other cats, and would, if given the chance, describe their relationships with directness and intensity. My favorite scene in my novel is the Pharaoh’s death. My cat’s reaction revealed a psychological depth that surprised me. I ended up admiring him even more.
What’s next for you as an author?
I’ve nearly finished Lady of Mystery, the sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat.
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About the Author
- Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City.
- She has a degree in art from the City University of New York, and her artwork has been exhibited in New York galleries.
- She often returns to Italy to visit her family. She has also stayed for extended periods in Bath and London.
- She loves all animals and is an amateur Egyptologist.
- Her love of cats and ancient Egypt inspired her to write The Pharaoh’s Cat which is her first novel.
DISCLOSURE: We received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for our honest review.