A Princess and a Thief meet in the Desert and Go on a Magical Quest to find the Tears of Hathor
At the beginning of time the Egyptian God Horus was blinded by his jealous brother, and fell in pain on the Island of Flames in the Sea of Chaos. Hathor, the goddess of beauty, found Horus and cried, shedding tears that fell on Horus and brought back his sight. The Tears still exist, dripping from a large turquoise eye deep in a cave. Whoever can find the Tears will be freed of all curses and evil.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)|
About the Author
Richard J Johnson is a physician and a scientist who lives in Centennial, Colorado. He has written two books on the science behind sugar: The Sugar Fix (Rodale, 2008) and the Fat Switch (Mercola.com, 2012). Here he tells a mystery, loosely based on historic sites and myths and legends from Egypt and other countries.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Princess Li is the youngest of three children, all girls. Sadly, her mother passed away while giving birth to her. So grief-stricken was the emperor at the loss of his bride that he went into a great depression. Try as he might, he could not seem to control his incessant crying. His constant weeping made him appear weak before those in his kingdom and he soon began to lose the respect of his followers. Seeking the help of a witch, he implored her to conjure a spell to cure his malaise. But when she does, a new problem arises in the form of a very unfortunate curse upon their land. Years later Li grows into a confident young lady. Determined to help her father and their kingdom, she sets out on a quest to reverse the curse that has befallen their land. Along the way, she meets Aramis, a young man whose unfortunate circumstances have led him into a life of thievery. The two make quite an unlikely pair as they join efforts to find the fabled Tears of Hathor which Li believes may be the key to saving her kingdom. Author Richard J Johnson has crafted an entirely entertaining and altogether charming tale which is sure to enchant young readers. The characters of Li and Aramis are well developed, and their back-stories help readers establish a connection with our protagonists who are both likeably flawed. Exciting plots and unexpected sub-plots keep this book moving at an enjoyable pace. Ending on a cliff-hanger, which is most assuredly intended to set the stage for the sequel to this book, The Princess and the Rogue, The Tears of Hathor, by Richard J Johnson is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite The Princess and the Rogue: The Tears of Hathor is an exciting fantasy for preteens by Richard J. Johnson. Princess Li wishes she could find the legendary Tears of Hathor to remove the curse from her father, the Emperor, and their kingdom of China. The Emperor arranges a marriage for the princess, but she runs away from the groom’s bodyguards. Li meets Aramis, a crafty Greek thief who helps her elude the men, and the two decide to search for the precious Tears. Princess Li is abducted by Arab slave traders in Dahab, which is known for sheltering thieves and robbers. Aramis searches for the princess and locates the Arabs’ camp, but contemplates how he can free the princess alone. Meanwhile, the groom’s guards follow their trail. This is a terrific story for preteens who enjoy fantasy. Richard J. Johnson’s The Princess and the Rogue: The Tears of Hathor is an adventure filled with great action and a bit of magic. Princess Li and Aramis are from different countries and lifestyles, and the author gives an interesting account of their backgrounds, which I find very moving, especially Aramis's. There are other characters who make the story entertaining, and descriptions of a few settings made it easy to visualize the events happening. However, I felt that certain characters whom I met during the early chapters did not get the justice they deserved with the discovery of The Tears, so the conclusion left me wondering about them. The book is still a great read.