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the seven shabtis

There is an ancient legend how a pharaoh's daughter fled the unrest of ancient Egypt into Europe. With her she brought seven little servant statuettes that are believed to unimaginable power to their owner. In the Middle Ages a crusader returning to Europe heard of them and started searching for them. He was warned - they were not to be used or they would bring great misfortune. He did not pay heed to the warning...

In our modern times two teenagers, Kaylee and Luke, are forced to follow their parent to a distant mountain valley, as they have been invited to research an Egyptological collection the castle lord owns. But when they arrive, they soon learn the castle lord was never interested in their parents. It is Kaylee and Luke he wanted all along - and if they do not do as he tells them, their families are in danger...

The House of the Morning Sun, the first book of the Seven Shabtis -series.The House of the Morning Sun, the first book of the Seven Shabtis -series.

1. the house of the morning sun

Kaylee and Luke have to follow their parents to a distant mountain village. The lord of the local castle has invited them to work on his Egyptological collection.

So it is goodbye to friends and summer fun, hello to boring summer.

Upon arrival, they learn the castle lord isn’t interested in their parents at all.

It is Kaylee and Luke he wants – to search for seven ancient shabtis, little servant statuettes from ancient Egypt. According to legend, they were brought to the valley by a pharaoh’s daughter fleeing from ancient Egypt. The shabtis hold an unbelievable power – something people have been searching for thousands of years. Something they are willing to do anything for to find – even kill...

The castle lord makes it clear that if Luke and Kaylee don’t find the shabtis, their families will suffer. And the first one to go will be Kaylee’s little sister Ellie. The castle is surrounded by a lake – and Ellie cannot swim.

Luke and Kaylee begin their desperate search with only an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph as a clue. The clock is ticking and their families have no idea they are in danger. Will they find the first shabti in time? Is the legend of the pharaoh’s daughter true? Who is the ghost haunting the castle?

The House of the Morning Sun is the first book in the YA series ‘The Seven Shabtis’. If you like mystery, history and ghost stories, don’t miss this book.

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5.0 out of 5 starsAn intriguing adventure yarn.

12 September 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

This is such an intriguing book. At first I thought it strange to write about an Egyptian Queen living in Europe and then I did a bit of research of my own and found that the book is based on the legend of Scota which I had never heard of. Needless to say it is a thrilling easy read which makes me think of an adult Famous Five or Mysterious Seven book which I adored as a child. The reader is left desperate for the next book which I hope will not be long in coming.

5.0 out of 5 starsaddictive fun

August 27, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

This book was a delightful, intricate read that's full of Egyptian myth and history. The 2 main characters use wit and knowledge solving clues and puzzles on their quest. It really brought back my early fascination with Egypt and how little we learn in school! I received an advance review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion, the only thing I didn't like was the format I read the ARC in.

Sandra Dent

5.0 out of 5 starsMust read, you'll love it!

August 27, 2019

Format: Paperback

I was given the opportunity to read this wonderful first in a long series of books early. I absolutely love all the characters, they are so easy to relate to and fall in love with. This story is a must read.
I however am chomping at the bit for the next installment.

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5.0 out of 5 starsMix of mythology and mystery.

August 26, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I really enjoyed this story it is a good mix of mythology and mystery with well researched facts that makes it believable. A great read especially for teenage readers and anyone interested in Ancient Egypt. I am hooked and looking forward to the next book in the series.

Amanda S p

5.0 out of 5 starsCan't put it down.

August 25, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

This is an awsome story. I love that it takes place in Egypt. Kept me reading to find out what would happen next.


4.0 out of 5 starsMost enjoyable

26 August 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

This book is great fun for adults and older children alike. I’m looking forward to the next in the series. Great imagination Leena Maria!

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