Sunday 4 November 2018

Carole's Sunday Review: 221 BC

Author:  Kendall Price & Laura Vosika 
Title: 221 BC - Scroll 1 of the Narmer War
Genre: Historical Fiction & fantasy
Pages: ebook
Published: January 31st 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher honest unbiased opinion)

Set against the backdrop of the Ptolemaic Kingdom, an alternate history unfolds, linking the power of the pharaohs to magic. Brother is pitted against brother in a race to find twelve amulets, lost with the ancient pharaoh, and unlock their powers. Whoever holds the amulets holds that power; to save the world...or destroy it

I was automatically drawn in by the cover and then the summary did me in and I had to read it. 

The story follows two brothers in a race to find the twelve amulets. These amulets can change the course of history and either save the world or destroy it. This is a what-if mixed with some magic. Lots of war and battles. 

I really enjoyed the mix of magic. I feel like it really added to the story. It made it even better and it was for sure a game changer. I know a hair about this war (not a lot) so it was fun to see the what-if element at play. I wasn't sure WHAT was going to happen. 

I liked Hannibal's story and I liked Mago. They were my favorites and I was worried about them especially taking that trip across the Alps! Scary! 

The beginning was a little slow for me and I didn't connect with any of the characters right away. It took a few chapters for me to really get sucked in. Lots of world-building, but it was necessary for sure in order to really get what was going on. Thank goodness for the name list before the book started! It really was nice to give it a quick glimpse before starting. See who all the players were. Made it easier to follow. 

The ending left me agape! I wanted more!!!!! Ugh! 

In the end, I enjoyed this. It was fun seeing the magic and what-if elements added into this time period and these events. I am curious to see what happens next. I'll give this 4 stars. 


  1. That cover definitely caught my eye. War and battles, sounds good to me! TBR list, check!

  2. This sounds like a very interesting concept. It's almost like "choose your own adventure" with history!



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