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What the River Knows: A Novel (Secrets of…

What the River Knows: A Novel (Secrets of the Nile, 1) (original 2023; edition 2023)

by Isabel Ibañez (Author)

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Set in 1884, nineteen-year-old Inez travels to Egypt after the sudden death of her parents to uncover the truth about their deaths, and as she attempts to unravel the mysteries her parents sought, she becomes a pawn in a larger game that threatens to kill her.
Title:What the River Knows: A Novel (Secrets of the Nile, 1)
Authors:Isabel Ibañez (Author)
Info:Wednesday Books (2023), 416 pages
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Maybe it was the narrators voice that bothered me"," but the protagonist seemed too childish to make the story work. I will read the next book when it comes out. ( )
  vickiv | Apr 2, 2024 |
Gr 8 Up—When her parents disappear, Inez abandons her future as a high-society socialite in Argentina to find
answers in Egypt and discovers their dangerous expedition to Cleopatra's Tomb. Magic and an excellent rivals-tolovers romance add layers to the tightly woven plot and intricate historical worldbuilding.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 1, 2024 |
What The River Knows is a delightful historical fantasy set in the 19th Century. Our protagonist, young Inez Olivera, flouts all societal conventions and travels to Egypt by herself, hoping to discover the fates of her archaeologist parents who are missing, presumed dead. She meets up with her uncle, also an archaeologist, and thus begins a tale of magic, wonder, discovery, romance, murder, and betrayal.

Written in a clean, engaging, straightforward style, what The River Knows is a lovely book. Inez is a strong, independent woman and it is from her perspective that readers get most of the story. We learn of her resolve, her angers, her fears, her doubts, her desires. She is a very human character, likeable despite her flaws. The characters surrounding her are well-portrayed as well.

The magical elements of the story, and the lovingly researched Egyptian elements included for flavor, are delicious. The story also contains one or two incidents that are very dark, shockingly so. Well done. And that ending: utterly unexpected and flabbergasting. I will most certainly need to read the next volume of Inez Olivero's adventures.

Isabel Ibañez is a writer I will be keeping an eye on. A very enjoyable reading experience traveling down the Nile in this novel. I'm willing to wager that other books by Ibañez will provide thrills as well. ( )
  LordSlaw | Mar 16, 2024 |
I was sold at Egyptian, archaeology, magic, and romance. It's a young adult novel which is easy to tell because of the brash, hasty, unthought out actions of our heroine. Inez Olivera is done being left behind in Argentina while her parents have all the fun in Egypt. She longs to go with them on their months long travels. but she always gets left behind with her aunt and cousins. When she receives word that her parents are dead, she decides to sneak away in the dead of night to board a steam liner headed to Egypt. She has to find out what really happened to her parents. Posing as a very young widow, no one thinks it's scandalous that she is travelling unaccompanied. But when she arrives in Egypt she accompanies her very irate uncle who demands she return to Argentina at once. Inez ignores her uncle at every turn, making Whit (her uncle's assistant) run all over Egypt trying to keep her safe and return home. Filled with intrigue, history, and romance - this is a fun novel that is the first in a series. ( )
  ecataldi | Feb 8, 2024 |
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Set in 1884, nineteen-year-old Inez travels to Egypt after the sudden death of her parents to uncover the truth about their deaths, and as she attempts to unravel the mysteries her parents sought, she becomes a pawn in a larger game that threatens to kill her.

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