I love a book that takes me someplace I've never been before. In this fantasy, ancient Egypt comes alive, filled with animal-headed gods, talking crocodiles, and a mummy with a winning personality. The ordinary Egyptians never turn a head as these creatures walk among them. The heroine, Jeanette, is a women from our time who stumbles into ancient Thebes, and must make her way in a harsh world while searching for a route back to the future. On the way, she becomes embroiled in problems no twentieth-century person has any idea of how to solve.
The writing is fresh and original, studded with cool and sometimes funny turns of phrase. I felt immersed in the daily life of ancient Egypt. Jeannette is a complex character, strong and loyal, as well as impulsive and irreverent. I especially enjoyed the visits to oracles, with their enigmatic pronouncements that left you feeling that you almost understood.
There are surprises in this plot unlike anything you have encountered before. Dollops of philosophy crop up here and there in the narrative, adding to the fun. Altogether, a great read.