Book Review “The Pharaoh’s Cat” by Maria Luisa Lang

Summary from Goodreads:

The Pharaoh’s Cat, narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, is the story of a free-spirited, quick-witted stray in ancient Egypt who suddenly finds himself with human powers joined to his feline nature.

The cat immediately captures the attention of the seventeen-year-old Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parents’ death, and is brought to live with him at the royal palace.

The cat also becomes friends with the High Priest of the god Amun-Ra and seeks his help in solving the mystery of his human powers and the supernatural manifestations that later plague him. He has an enemy in the Vizier—the Pharaoh’s uncle and the second most powerful man in Egypt. The Vizier hates him for himself and even more for his relationship with the Pharaoh.

The cat participates in festivities at the royal palace, developing an insatiable appetite for good food, wine, and gossip. He later accompanies the Pharaoh on a trip through his kingdom, all the while renewing the Pharaoh’s ability to enjoy life and inspiring him to become a stronger leader.
Between the cat and the Pharaoh a bond of love gradually forms which will determine Egypt’s destiny.

The Pharaoh’s Cat imaginatively blends Egyptology with comedy, drama, and even time travel–the cat and the High Priest will meet Elena, a resident of the twenty-first century and the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist.


This is the first book I have ever read that was narrated by a cat. I have to admit it was interesting. I have often wondered what the world looks like through the eyes of animals. It was a really unique experience. 

Take a setting like ancient Egypt and have it narrated by a cat…color me intrigued!

Some things that I really enjoyed were the descriptions of towns and rivers. Most books harp on the monuments and pyramids.  This book gives you more than that by showing aspects of real life. I am forever curious to know what the everyday was like in ancient times.

Magic and the like was a very real thing for ancient Egyptians and I love how it was included in this book. Mysticism was rampant then and I really enjoyed how it was brought in and made a part of the story. 

I also really enjoyed how the author linked past and present. It was very clever and unique. Kudos all around.

In conclusion,

This book is unique and flows well. The story is intriguing and imaginative. It’s historically informative while still being fun. The characters are memorable and interesting. 

I really enjoyed the book so I’m giving it 5 stars. I hope to see more books that are narrated by animals.

5 stars

This book is available for purchase through Amazon. Click the title
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The Technical Data:

Title: The Pharaoh’s Cat | Author(s): Maria Luisa Lang |

Publisher: Maria Luisa Lang  / Publication Date: 6-17-2015 | Pages: 182 (Paperback) |ISBN: B00ZYJUONU | Genre(s): History/ Science Fiction/Fantasy | Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 12-3-2015 | Source: Copy From Author

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