Book Review | Book of Souls (Gods of Egypt #1) by Nadine Nightingale
Title: Book of Souls
Series: Gods of Egypt
Author: Nadine Nightingale
Release Date: 9th February 2018
Source: eARC from NetGalley
“They call me Angel of Death, but my name is Nisha Blake. I am Shepherdstown’s living urban legend. My life, a tale of the macabre.
People avoid me like the plague. Well, everyone but my friends. They don’t see the Angel of Death when they look at me. They see poor, broken Nisha—the bully victim, suffering from vicious night terrors and vivid hallucinations.
Things take a turn for the worse when Blaze shows up. He’s a too hot, tattooed, bad-ass MMA fighter from London, hell-bent on getting to know me. Since he walked into my miserable life, my hallucinations graduated to a point where I can no longer differentiate between fiction and reality.
I am insane.
Broken beyond repair.
Or so I think until—
I uncover a secret form the past—a link between all the deaths, my hallucinations, and my night terrors. It’s then I understand I’m not the Angel of Death.
I am something else.
I’m genuinely sad now that I’ve finished this book because I need to know what happens next straight away. I’ll be honest and say this surprised me in a awesome way – I was excited by the prospect of a story involving Ancient Egyptian mythology (I used to be a little obsessed when I was younger, to the point where my family had to take me to see the ruins so I’d stop reading books about them) but it’s written in a way that had me falling in love with the book so fast!
I love the use of “hallucinations” throughout to really place the reader in both the past and present simultaneously. Adding to this the doubt of the Nisha with regards to her own sanity and you find yourself needing to read more to find out. Nisha herself is a character you feel so bad for at first but as the story matures she matures with it. She’s a lovable character throughout aided by the many references to popular movies and TV shows – which makes it somewhat easier to emphasise with her also.
Blaze melted my heart about halfway through the book, he was such an interesting character and it was great to watch the depth of his character develop. Then there’s Nisha’s friends – Izzy (her cousin), Oz (Izzy’s boyfriend), Scooby and Shaggy – they’re such fierce friends that I’d love a group of friends like that! Izzy and Oz have a relationship which is just so adorable to read about. There are a lot more characters also which are so well described that it really helps with the world building.
I don’t want to spoil anything past halfway, because you absolutely need to read this book, but the ending had my heart racing!