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Henry Richards
Children of the Sun
Heru Ptah, author
Aminata and her younger brother Sochima are gifted children living in Washington DC with their mother and their grandmother, Nana. Amaris is a troubled young girl who was once Aminata’s best friend but now bullies her. Fate brings all three children together when Nana is brought before the Egyptian Goddess Auset and tasked with finding the fourteen pieces of the God Ausar, who had been killed by his brother Set. After Nana falls while battling a dark angel, the responsibility to recover Ausar’s soul falls to the children. Sochima, Aminata, and Amaris are transported through time, from one ancient civilization to another. They are in a race to find the fourteen pieces of Ausar, before Apep the God of chaos and destruction awakens, learning the mysteries of The First People in the process.
Ptah (Show Me a Beautiful Woman) fuses history, mythology, and fantasy into a spellbinding time-traveling adventure to start off the First People series. Ancient myths come to life when Auset, an Egyptian goddess, seeks help stopping Apep, the god of chaos and destruction. In modern times, six-year-old Sochima, his twelve-year old sister Aminata, and Aminata’s former best friend, Amaris, are bequeathed the heart of Auset’s husband and brother Ausar, the Egyptian god whose body was cut into 14 pieces and spread throughout time by his brother, Set. Since Ausar is the only force that can stop Apep, the children must work together and bravely travel through time collecting the 14 pieces in hopes of reconstructing Ausar’s body before Apep awakens.

Ptah excels at crafting engaging historical landscapes full of memorable characters and dynamic action. A delicate balance exists between fact, myth, and imagination, and readers of all ages will revel in the meticulous world-building tying the three together. History buffs may recognize familiar figures such as Imhotep, architect of the step pyramid, and Mansa Musa, the ruler of Mali, while also learning new historical facts such as the origins of the city name Timbuktu or how the Olmec civilization made rubber. These fascinating and informative elements seamlessly weave into high-stakes action and quick-paced chapters as the children battle a variety of malicious foes.

Resting at the core of this thrilling adventure is an emotional journey revolving around friendship, family, and self-discovery. Valuable lessons of courage, self-confidence, and confronting grief shine brightly as the children grow bolder with each harrowing undertaking. Readers are left sitting on the edge of their seats, holding their breath, and eager for more. Children of all ages will be captivated by this unique historical fantasy packed with notable characters, nail-biting quests, and high stakes. Bring on book two.

Takeaway: Standout series starter blending time travel, adventure, and vengeful gods.

Comparable Titles: Heidi Heilig’s The Girl from Everywhere, Patience Agbabi’s The Infinite.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A