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Greatly written book with an amazing plot and characters that you can root for. I love how the characters complement each other. Their dialogue is top-tier, and they all have different relationships and interactions with each other which gives this book such a diverse and exciting flow. Nigel is such an amazing character to view the sequence of events from, he is the kind of character that the reader can put himself in the shoes of. I really wish that I can see this book get adapted to the big screens. This book has a lot of inventive and cool scenes that look good in my head, and I really want to see them get played out in movies. The author deserves all the credit for this book because it is one of the best historical fiction there is.
Thrilling and extremely meaningful.
This book will give us a lot to think about, not just about the informative things like Egyptian mythology and the history that coincides with it, but also about the team dynamics and power play that can be seen through the characters. I was thrilled with each of the scenes, I was both in love and scared of the Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra. I was enjoying the dynamic of Nigel, Samara, and Reginald, and I hope to see them all again! The author sure knows how to utilize his words. I was completely hooked from beginning to end, being on the edge of my seat at the thrilling scenes and laughing at the random humor that gets thrown when the current event requires it.
Imaginative and creative, this book will take you to places. I read this book thinking that this was another one of those fantasy books with over-the-top plots and unrealistic events that will make me want to quit mid-chapter, but I was immediately taken aback by how amazing the world-building was, and how the author really tried to ground the events into real historical happenings and realistic events that still somehow have an element of surprise to them. This book offers the best wordplay.
The consistent style of writing and the great dialogue are the things that I really loved about this book. In a way, reading this book did not feel like reading at all, for I absorbed the words easily!
An extraordinary tale of adventure, companionship, and history. It all starts with the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, a goddess who awakened from her slumber, and a cult that uses two queens in order to further their own cause. Exciting, marvelous, and thrilling—you get everything from reading this book, and you will miss it when you reach the very last chapter. This book truly gives us a view of historical events in a fun way. The diversity of this book is very refreshing to read because we can see the difference in opinions and differences in culture really act out in different settings. Overall, such a wonderful book, one that I will recommend to anyone, regardless of their genre preferences.
The Blue Scarab is a fantasy book that will also serve as a history lesson, what more can you ask? I went into this book with no warning and no spoiler. I had no prior knowledge about Egyptian mythology and I was mostly clueless about the comings and goings of history. This book completely taught me everything that needs to be learned and gave me a wonderful adventure without having to look up each of the new characters that pop up because of how well they are incorporated into the story. The narration of the book is unparalleled. Reading this book feels less than reading and more like watching a movie. The words just create a picture in my head automatically and I don't even need to think about it.
I love how this book somehow makes us informed about different mythologies and histories. Although it centers more on Egyptian mythology, there are nods to Greek Mythology with the mention of the River Styx and the gods that the Greeks worship like Hades. It really made this book realistic because it showed how people vary in faith and believe in different things, as well as how they all can coexist!
I highly recommend this book for history buffs. It has the right amount of history and creativity, and it all ties together well into a great adventure that everyone of all ages, religions, faith and status can enjoy. Kudos to the author for pulling off such an amazing and inspirational book!
I love this book because of the diversity that it offers. It just doesn't stop on showcasing Egyptian mythology alone, it also serves as a ground for showcasing different beliefs and different faiths. The author knows how to weave the stories together, to somehow interconnect each of the beliefs that people have and make it make sense in the context of the story. I live for the mythological and historical references that the author puts in this book. A great mix of creativity and historical accuracy. This book has everything you want in a fantasy story. This has amazing characters, a nice plot, a great pacing, and an overall enjoyable story that you will get lost in, high praises to the author for this!
I happened to dare myself to read something that is out of my genre. I am more on science fiction, more techy stuff because this is what I am interested in and so when I read the title for this book, I literally had no idea where it would lead me. I love how Quinn is so keen on the details, especially when referencing places and events. He makes sure what he puts is believable and if not true, will build a world in our mind so it is not hard to understand. That is a skill not every author has and one of the things that kept me going. It was engaging, both the more subtle scenes and the thrilling ones, the author really nailed it in the writing. What I wish now is to hear more from the characters, especially Sam!
This is probably one of my favorite books as of now. It is very adventurous and it has characters that you can't help but root for. The Blue Scarab tells an interesting tale about Egyptian Mythology and History. James Quinn is an interesting author that tells us everything we need to know and more. I love that the author doesn't force the historical aspect, therefore the sequence of events is still seamless and matches well with whatever is going on in the books. It really makes for a nice experience, it’s the best book I have read in a while. Timeless and fun, I believe that given enough time, this book will turn into a future classic that everyone can see to look at 21st-century literature.
I don’t easily get indulged fully by a book. Because of my schedule, my reading is affected and so I tend to open and close a book even forgetting if I have finished reading it. However, this gives me a new take. Opening this book opened a lot of questions for me. It gives me goosebumps to see Cleopatra in the book, even though I know it's not real. I feel like I have been holding my breath when Nefertiti is in the scene. Never has any book affected me this way for years! The relationship between Nigel and Sam, Sam and her mom, and all the other characters really depicts what it's like in reality, and that's one thing that I also like from this book. It sways us away from reality to fantasy but brings us back.
I had reservations about reading this book. But the more I read on, the more pulled I was by the story and the dynamics presented. I loved the incorporation of the mythologies. I love the nods to different structured religions, and I love the historical references to Rome, the church, and the various historical events that transpired in this book. If you like historical fantasy, read this! It is very well-rooted, you can really tell that the author knows what he is talking about and has researched the topic in order to give us proper recollections of the events that have happened! I love this book and everything it represents. Hopefully, more books will be written like this and we will see more of the author!
This is a fantastic introduction to Egyptian mythology and a fascinating voyage to follow. It has really opened my eyes to new issues that I was previously unaware of or even familiar with. Positively, I was never bored while watching it, and the explanations were thorough. I'm not usually a lover of fiction stories like this, so it's perplexing to me how this one has a different effect on me. It was strange yet familiar, that kind of feeling. The ingenuity, the clarity, and the creativity of its entirety will really build this book to the top and the time will just come for this book to be recognized.
A highly recommended book to read if you want something beyond drama and comedy to watch.
Personally, I found this book too much to absorb reading the first few pages. Its long and descriptive narrations of each event make it flat and boring. The introduction of characters dwells longer than I expected but the longer I stayed, I understood the author’s way of putting it all together that way. The explanations and theories behind the vintage items and the secrets are woven together like it was meant for each other. Quinn really is a man who knows his words. The book was an excellent balance of fiction and reality that will make us truly learn cultural heritages and the history behind them. If you are fascinated with adventure-seeking, history, and mythology, this is the book that you are looking for.
This book tells a tale of history. It centers on archaeologists—Nigel, Samara, and Reginald—as they go through events that would possibly change the whole course of the world. A cult has decided to resurrect two Egyptian queens—Nefertiti and Cleopatra—in order to advance their twisted agendas for world domination. Exciting and extremely thrilling, The Blue Scarab is something that you should check out! There are some ideas in this book that are quite modern but it is rooted in the climate and the context that it is set in so we can really see different perspectives and cultures play out in this book, which I really appreciate. And the plot twists, the excitement, and the thrill are all things that you could look forward to in this book.
This is certainly one of my current favorite books about mythology. It's a striking story with characters you can't help but root for. The Blue Scarab by Quinn is a fascinating story about Egyptian mythology and history, and James Quinn is a fascinating author who gives us everything we need to know and more. He gives us perspective and an open mindset. I appreciate that the author does not force the historical components. The sequence of events is still seamless to read. For me, it is one experience I will never forget. I believe that, given enough time, this book will become a future classic that will inspire everyone to read more of it. Even if you don’t like mythology, you’ll think again after reading one starting with this.
To summarize the events that happened in this book, this book talks about the adventure that archaeologists faced from the sequence of events that led to the interference of Egyptian Goddess Isis.
I love how when I read this book, I don't feel like I'm reading at all. The sequence of events just flows naturally and you get everything from what is being said and you don't need too much context. As someone who loves historical fiction, this book is really great! The diversity of this book is very genuine, the author knows ample information in order to give different beliefs and religions justice which is really vital in writing a story, hands down to James Quinn for such a thrilling story!
What is a blue scarab? That question led me to read and enjoy this whole book experience. As Nefertiti describes, a turquoise blue artifact fits in her hand and is easily placed amongst the King’s possessions at the time of his entombment ascribed with supernatural or metaphysical powers. It sounds majestic, the scarab itself and the way Quinn had put it. This book gives us the pictures that we are looking for in between the descriptions, it really makes us part of the story. This book is an equally amazing discovery as the scarab. It is full of mystery and will fill you with surprises as you venture it. A one-of-a-kind journey that will take you mentally to places where truths are unveiled.
One of the best things that I have read. If you like reading mythological books like Rick Riordan's books, you should give this book a go! This book centers around Egyptian mythology and the happenings in history that a lot of people have forgotten. I love the subtle references that the author puts in this book, and the whole ride just feels so natural and exciting, every chapter makes me look forward to the next events. Reading this book was fun, informative, and entertaining all the way! The author knows how to write such intense scenes and he knows how to utilize his words according to what the scene needs, which is something that one can admire. It is a great book. I wish it will get the recognition it very much deserves.
I have read this narrative plainly because I was curious about how it will turn out.
This is such eye candy to read, with the way the author lays out details and descriptions in every chapter. What makes it more interesting to read are the characters for sure. Nigel and Samara were both characters that readers really root for. They were not one-dimensional, they really added to the overall feeling of the story. I felt at first that the book could be a little flat due to the long narrations, but the characters especially their personalities with a hint of humor made it more enthralling. I definitely would be recommending this to readers, especially to those who are head over heels in Egyptian mythology and mystery.
There are 2 things I like about this book.
The first thing I like about The Blue Scarab is the character dynamics. I loved reading the book in the eyes of Nigel. He is very resourceful and he is able to take on problems with rational solutions in mind. I love how despite the many wrong things that kept happening in the book, he was able to resolve them in the best way he knew how. Utilizing his skills as an archaeologist and his years of experience in order to defeat his adversaries. The second thing I like about this book is how it draws the readers in. I was engulfed with words and was lost in the whole context of this book. Literally, I am so happy to have stumbled upon this book because it has given me a comfort book that I will read when nothing makes me want to read!
There are a lot of things that are great about this book but my favorite is the characters. They are very likable, and they offer so much depth to the book. From their top-tier interactions to how well their relationships developed throughout the entire story, the author knows how to write characters that leave an impact on the readers. I will forever miss the interaction between the characters, and I hope to see more of them in the author's future works. This book seriously deserves more recognition. With the diversity, the representation, the accuracy, and especially the creativity, one could not go wrong with picking up a James Quinn book. I really hope there will be more of this and this is just a part of a series of adventures that is yet to unfold.
I have so many good things to write about this book, from the extensive world-building to the great writing; but probably my favorite part is the amazing characters that really make this book so interesting and easy to read. I love the dynamics between Nigel and Samara, they are really the definition of people who work together and listen to each other in order to achieve their common goal.
I would give up anything just to read this book for the first time again. James Quinn has created such a wonderful world and I wish that there is more of it where it came from because I am craving for more of his historical stories and more of Nigel’s adventures!
If you are someone who loves adventure, this book might interest you! The first part of the book focuses more on details. We get to know the context of the story and the characters, then it leads us to a deeper understanding of where we are headed in the plot. I have read books that tackled Egyptian maps and gods but this particular book gives me a different kind of adventure. We can learn to love and treasure antiques as much as we love the history behind them. There are a lot of symbols that need a deeper understanding than the surface of the pages. I can say that I’ll give this book a read again if I have the chance.
The way the story unfolds comes fast-paced, as we are being led to the truths that uncover along the pages. I love the thrill every time I skip the pages. I can sense how the book gives us all the information and then takes it back, making us form our own questions to ourselves. The appearance of Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti truly makes me giddy, and I look forward to what character they have to play. This is different from the other fiction books which give us plain fiction with a predicted plot, I have to say this is remarkably written to educate, to let us explore, and to entertain us all in one.
This is worth every moment I spent reading it!
A marvelous adventure that will take us on a tour of history, The Blue Scarab tells a thrilling tale of Egyptian gods, goddesses, queens, and archeologists from long lines of explorers. I love how this book is told, the sequence of events is properly laid out and we get to see a variety of principles and lessons from what each of the characters can offer. I was hooked from the very beginning, and I anticipated every event from the beginning up until the end! I love how the author writes, he is able to capture the attention of the readers through his sentences and keep the momentum alive through the thrilling scenes and calm scenes. It really goes to show his greatness in what he does.
What a fantastic book ride! I can't help but feel butterflies in my stomach as I watch Nigel stare at Samara, the girl he had fallen hopelessly in love with. My favorite part of their duo was when Nigel is translating hieroglyphics and Sam is just listening to and visualizing the poetic sound of the events of Caesar’s death. The scene just felt so in love, and I can feel them being passionate with each other.
The author’s clarity in writing makes the series of events more understandable and fascinating to listen to. Aside from the quest itself, there are a lot of stories in between that make reading more fun. A fascinating and gripping tale that is highly recommended to all.
A fast-paced tale that will get you on the edge of your seats, James Quinn's The Blue Scarab is everything that you want in a fantasy book and more. This book is set in Egypt, hurdled by unrest from a cult who used dark magic to revive two queens from their eternal slumber. The sequence of events has led to the interference of gods and legends alike, all unfolding from the eyes of archaeologists who come from rich pasts. The dialogue is top-tier, you can really see the progression of how Nigel talks to other people from when he met him first to where it went to when he got comfortable. Each character has their own style and the consistency of it really made me read more.
This is a fascinating adventure to follow and a great introduction to Egyptian mythology. It has really opened my eyes to a new subject that I haven’t really taken notice of before. I was never left a little bored, and the explanations were well done. I was not really a fan of fiction stories like this and so it puzzles me up until now how this story amazes me in a different way. I liked the writing, I think I might pick up another book from Quinn after this. The innovation, the storytelling, and how the puzzles are put together are enthralling to experience. This book has a different appeal than other related books, it really makes our minds explore and wander. Such a great find!
Honestly, the book is new to me as I am more into non-fiction books, so I was really having second thoughts about it. When the book unveiled Tutankhamen’s tomb, my curiosity arose, especially when the opposing sides of Isis and Osiris appeared. I did not know fiction could be such a heart-throbbing experience. Mixed feelings! I felt the love, the passion, the thrill, and the excitement in every chapter and I found myself seeking more. This is really a book that will make us feel alive while reading.
Never had a dull moment with this book. The author really knows what he is talking about and that alone is passion and commitment that can’t be seen in the pages alone.
As someone who collects vintage pieces personally, I wished I could have seen the pieces that are beautifully described by the author. I can really relate to that elated feeling of being able to recognize the pieces and see them in person. I love the character of Sam, she seemed demure at the same time and knows where her stand is. The book is as is, the events are just arranged naturally how they happened, and the transitions moved smoothly. I really am a fan of history, and reading this in detail is a whole new story to tell. I can tell that this book is really hard work for the author, how he pieces them one by one to create the world he wants us to be in.
The Blue Scarab is a story that you should not be missing. We are taught here that sometimes, we tend to do even the unbelievable just to achieve what we want to attain by any means we can think of.
Because of their desire for dominance and to win the battle, they have decided to bring the Goddess Nefertiti and Cleopatra. If you want to find out what may happen next, you certainly should read the book. More thrilling, more adventure awaits as you read further. For me, saying that I love it is an understatement for how I felt in this book. This has really opened my mind to read more about Greek and Egypt and their deeper tales.
As well as to those determined souls who have risked all in seeking treasure...and discovering it when least expected.
A book tells us so much about the author, and I can say by reading this book that I have met a part of James Quinn. The dedication poured in making this book as one is overflowing, we can see that in how he narrates. We can see the love in writing as even someone like me who is not familiar with Egypt and its stories, I have learned to love it and would be honored to read more of it. There is a lot more to discover and appreciate when it comes to treasures, may it be vintage pieces or history. A great book that is highly recommended!
The Blue Scarab by James Quinn is a fantasy book that shows Egyptian Mythology and a world with a threat from a cult that plans to revive two queens—Nefertiti and Cleopatra. In this book, we get to see intensive history play out with a nod to Roman history and Catholic culture, making us more acquainted with the vast expanse of our history while still being in an incredible adventure to save the world from impending doom. 10/10 would highly recommend it, James Quinn has provided us with an amazing story with an innovative plot line and action scenes that will surely draw in the readers from the very first chapter of the book and up until the very last words.
A one-of-a-kind fiction that takes us back to early Egypt with its unveiled secrets and secret passages. I read this book having only little to no knowledge about mythology, let alone, the history of Egypt. But I found myself enjoying its fast-paced storyline and the new adventure that is offered. The way the story unfolds is unique, as we get to discover new places and characters with new roles to play. I was just amazed at how creative the author is in building the world and making us live in it with awe. I really appreciated how this book turned out and I am certain people who love to read mythology and goddesses would find this book breathtaking!
One of the things that I really look for in the book is how the characters are built, and what type of characters they are. Some tend to be static and flat all throughout, and while it is not bad that one can be that type, sometimes more of them like that can really bring the story down. It's all about character dynamics, and how each of them complements the other. In this story, we see Nigel and Samara learning from each other and helping each other grow. I hope we get to see this being adapted into movies and pay honor to how detailed the book is. With the pacing, the characters, and the writing skills, this book deserves more recognition from other readers!
“I love the Egyptian skies. The brilliant sunsets and the glorious stars lighting up the heavens."
Stories with detailed descriptions make a picturesque book. We tend to feel closer to characters as if we are close to them, and with them, as they venture their quest. I personally love the character of Nigel. He seems to be a heroic type with a balance of humor and resourcefulness. His optimism really paved the way no matter what problems they are faced with. I trust his character, and from beginning to end, I really rooted for him! He is passionate both about being a lover to Sam and as the main character. I wish I could hear more from him in more stories!
This book is a fast-paced adventure that takes us to a world of wonders and madness. I love the whole point of this book, I love that it offers a lot in the synopsis and it totally delivers with the execution of it. I love the chills that I feel when it mentions Cleopatra and Nefertiti. I believe that the author really gave justice to the historical figures that it wished to represent. It is rare to find a book that is engaging enough to keep you reading, and this book pulled it off. This book is probably one of my favorite historical fiction, and I do hope to hear more from the main characters with their different conquests in their fields.
I haven’t had this much enjoyment and satisfaction in a book in a long time of reading. The book is a center balance of entertainment and thriller. An absolute ride!
The book started in the deserts of Cairo, Egypt with Cleopatra in the frame with scenes ending in the burying of the royal chamber for over centuries. Then comes Nigel Ellis saving Samara Wylde from the falling sarcophagus. This book gives us unexpected turnabouts and twists, and what I also like about the author is his swift transitions between the chapters. Quinn also has clarity in his writing that makes readers trust the process until the closing of the book. Not a bad thing to say about this book.
A great book is created through great characters. This book has one of the best characters that I have read, the scary characters really give grimness and goosebumps to the readers, and Isis really captures the divine and scary vibe that goddesses have. I love the relationship between Nigel and Samara, they have mutual respect for each other and they work so well with their shared knowledge and admiration for each other. I am in love with this book, it is currently my favorite book of all time. I will keep this book forever in my life and I will reread this over and over again, so I hope that the author makes new material and picks up from where he left off with this one!
Nefertiti in full royal attire, adorned with a blue headdress, walked solemnly into the secret inner sanctum dedicated to Isis, in her Northern Palace, …
What I adore about this book is its careful attention to detail. We go along the words of James Quinn and in between the paragraphs of the book, he builds us a world like no other. I am certainly in a state of shock, I really appreciate authors like him who give us more than what we expect. With his narration and how he plays with his description, everyone will be vying to see Nefertiti walking in her royal attire and royal palace. How amazing is the power of words, it gives us wonder in our imagination!