The Pharaoh's Cat

The Pharaoh's Cat

by Maria Luisa Lang

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Overview

The Pharaoh's Cat, a tragicomic fantasy narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, tells of a free-spirited, wise-cracking stray in ancient Egypt who suddenly acquires human powers and immediately captivates the young Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parents' death.

The cat becomes the Pharaoh's constant companion and, at the royal palace and on a tour of Egypt, participates in the festivities, developing an insatiable appetite for good food, wine, and gossip. Gradually, he renews the Pharaoh's ability to enjoy life and inspires him to become a stronger leader. The bond of selfless love they share will change Egypt's destiny.

The cat has a good friend in the High Priest of the god Amun-Ra and seeks his help in solving the mystery of his human powers and the supernatural manifestations that plague him. He has a mortal enemy in the Vizier-the second most powerful man in Egypt--who hates him for his close relationship with the Pharaoh. The Vizier's persecution of the cat ultimately results in his fleeing with the High Priest to present-day New York City, where they find an ally in an Egyptologist's daughter.

Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art history and is an amateur Egyptologist. The Pharaoh's Cat is her first novel. The Eye of Nefertiti, both a sequel to The Pharaoh's Cat and a stand-alone novel, is also available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996335201
Publisher: Maria Luisa Lang
Publication date: 05/16/2015
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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The Pharaoh's Cat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Wrappa-Hamen is just a normal cat until he is given the special gift to talk and walk upright like a human. When this happens he becomes a close companion to the Pharaoh. At the side of his master, he goes on many adventures. He makes a great enemy in the Vizier and soon finds himself and his friend the High Priest fleeing to modern day New York. What happens next is another great adventure. The first thing I want to say about this book is that it is very unique. I absolutely love cats. So when I saw this book I jumped at the chance to read it. It is written from the point of view of the cat and so you get to see a bit of a cat's view of the world. It also told an amazing historical story of Ancient Egypt. I really enjoyed this story. The characters, the storyline, and the history made this a very enjoyable read. It was sad and funny and something new and different. I look forward to reading more in the future.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A Cat's perspective! An interesting story. This is a stray Cat who a free-spirit who now has human powers. It's a very adorable story, and I find myself wondering if Cat's truly have some type of self-awareness. I liked the Cat and how he interacted with not only humans, but other cats, such as the High Priest. I liked the humor and sense of drama (how can a cat have drama?). Lang writes an enjoyable story. If you like cats, and their sense of humor, you will like this.
RhapsodicReader More than 1 year ago
Wrappa-Hamen was like any other cat, except he had an intense dislike of eating mice. Once a stray, he finds that he has been endowed with the ability to talk and walk like humans. Wrappa-Hamen's new abilities draw the attention of the seventeen-year-old Pharaoh, and the Pharaoh takes him to live with him at his palace; much to the dislike of the Pharaoh's uncle, the Vizier. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. At the palace, Wrappa-Hamen spends his days being pampered by, and gossiping with, the Pharaoh's servants; playing pranks on his enemy, the Vizier; working with his friend, a High Priest of the god Amun-Ra, to solve the mystery behind his unique abilities; and acting as a companion and friend to the orphaned Pharaoh. When the young Pharaoh is murdered by the Vizier, Wrappa-Hamen finds himself accused of murder. The Vizier, acting as the new Pharaoh, sentences him to death; however, Wrappa-Hamen is rescued by his friend, the High Priest, and the two embark on a journey that will change the fate of Egypt. The Pharaoh's Cat by Maria Luisa Lang is a wonderfully light-hearted and well-paced story that is narrated in the present tense by Wrappa-Hamen. Reader's follow Wrappa-Hamen's hilarious and often well-meaning antics as he travels through Egypt with the Pharaoh, plays pranks on the Vizier, dishes with the servants, and learns of the High Priest's latest inventions. If you are in the market for a unique and light-hearted read with a touch of Egyptian history and lore that you can share with the whole family, The Pharaoh's Cat by Maria Luisa Lang is a perfect fit!
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have ever read that was narrated by a cat. I have to admit it was interesting. I have often wondered what the world looks like through the eyes of animals. It was a really unique experience. Take a setting like ancient Egypt and have it narrated by a cat…color me intrigued! Some things that I really enjoyed were the descriptions of towns and rivers. Most books harp on the monuments and pyramids. This book gives you more than that by showing aspects of real life. I am forever curious to know what the everyday was like in ancient times. Magic and the like was a very real thing for ancient Egyptians and I love how it was included in this book. Mysticism was rampant then and I really enjoyed how it was brought in and made a part of the story. Check out my blog AlliesOpinions for the full review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Wrappa-Hamen is a stray cat in ancient Egypt. We start the story with someone very unhappy that Wrappa-Hamen cannot catch mice. We follow him through the streets to a tomb and into the hands of the Pharaoh. The young Pharaoh has been very depressed since the loss of his parents. His uncle, the Vizier is trying to rule Egypt until the boy is ready. He is not happy with Wrappa-Hamen and tries several times to get rid of him. Through Wrappa-Hamen’s adventures and antics the Pharaoh starts to laugh and become the young man to rule Egypt. But there is more to Wrappa-Hame than just his ability to walk upright, speak, and eat human food. There is an ancient story that mirrors Wrappa-Hame’s own. Wrappa-Hame becomes friends with the High Priest of Amun-Ra to learn more about himself. I loved this story. Maria Luisa Lang has definitely done lots of research on ancient Egypt. I felt right there while following on his adventures. Being an official crazy cat lady just made this story better since it is told from Wrappa-Hame’s perspective. Although this makes the book seem a little choppy it is exactly like following a cat around with how their attention seems to be in ten places at once. This is a great story and anyone from any age will enjoy it. I received The Pharaoh’s Cat from the author for free in exchange for an honest review.
READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
First, I want to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book to review. I was sceptical at first since The Pharaoh’s Cat it did not fit into any genre that I would usually read but I am so happy that I accepted and will be rereading this book far into the future. You do not have to have an interest in Egypt or even cats for that matter, all you need is to be eager for a brilliant read. Second, I do not find it necessary in my review to recap the blurb or give away parts of the book, just to review about the author's writing ability. One thing that is a constant throughout is humor. So if you only like drab books, this one is not for you. The humor mostly comes from the book's narrator, Wrappa-Hamen, a cat. Therefore, the prose is smooth and flows nicely. The plot is overflowing with events so that as a reader, there is never a dull moment. The adventures are non-stop and I assure you will never guess what is going to happen next everything fits perfectly into the story even the time travel as strange it seems. Whereas, things can be learned from this book such as who some of the Egyptian gods are and what they do, a sneak peek into the daily life in Egypt, and some of the rituals. Mostly this is a fun loving book that I could only find much wrong with but there is one part. That is when Wrappa-Hamen lost consciousness from being out in the snowy cold. I could not make sense of that. One last thing, I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but we all do it. The cover does not reflect how good the book is. It is a short book yet, you are not left wondering anything, but there is a sequel on the way! If you read this review get a copy of this book to read, you will not be disappointed.