AUTHOR: Isabel Ibanez

SERIES: Secrets of the Nile #1

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

AGE: Young Adult


Bolivian-Argentinian Inez Olivera belongs to the glittering upper society of nineteenth century Buenos Aires, and like the rest of the world, the town is steeped in old world magic that’s been largely left behind or forgotten. Inez has everything a girl might want, except for the one thing she yearns the most: her globetrotting parents—who frequently leave her behind.

When she receives word of their tragic deaths, Inez inherits their massive fortune and a mysterious guardian, an archeologist in partnership with his Egyptian brother-in-law. Yearning for answers, Inez sails to Cairo, bringing her sketch pads and an ancient golden ring her father sent to her for safekeeping before he died. But upon her arrival, the old world magic tethered to the ring pulls her down a path where she soon discovers there’s more to her parent’s disappearance than what her guardian led her to believe.

With her guardian’s infuriatingly handsome assistant thwarting her at every turn, Inez must rely on ancient magic to uncover the truth about her parent’s disappearance—or risk becoming a pawn in a larger game that will kill her.

Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday books for an e-arc of this book.

I love Egypt. I love archaeology. I love mysteries. I don’t love cliffhangers, and this book has one. ARGH.

Anyways, back to the main point of my review, this book was excellently written. I feel like Ibanez has managed to evoke a certain feel of the times, and it very much reminded me of the Amelia Peabody series (which I adore) except slightly different, and more modern takes on some ideas (which I loved!).

It also had very much an Indiana Jones/The Mummy feel to the adventure and danger aspects which I also adored. The underlying mystery plot as well as the twists and turns were fabulously done. This was an EXCELLENT book, and I highly recommend it to people who enjoy archaeology, adventure and romance.

Oh yeah, there was an adorable romance as well. Honestly, I can’t say too much about this book without giving things away, but it was honestly an absolute treasure to read. (Hah, I think I’m funny!)

I literally am going to be dying for the next book to come out soon. (I know it isn’t, but I don’t want to wait for the next book!)

I just adored Inez and Whit and all the other characters. Really, just a fabulous book to read.