Book review: The Pharaoh’s Cat, by Maria Luisa Lang


Publication date: May, 2015

Pages: 182

Genre: Fantasy/ Historical / Fiction/ Cultural- Egypt 



The Pharaoh’s Cat, a tragicomic fantasy narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, tells of a free-spirited, wise-cracking stray in ancient Egypt who suddenly acquires human powers and immediately captivates the young Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parents’ death. 

The cat becomes the Pharaoh’s constant companion and, at the royal palace and on a tour of Egypt, participates in the festivities, developing an insatiable appetite for good food, wine, and gossip. Gradually, he renews the Pharaoh’s ability to enjoy life and inspires him to become a stronger leader. The bond of selfless love they share will change Egypt’s destiny.
The cat has a good friend in 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 plague him. He has a mortal enemy in the Vizier—the second most powerful man in Egypt–who hates him for his close relationship with the Pharaoh. The Vizier’s persecution of the cat ultimately results in his fleeing with the High Priest to present-day New York City, where they find an ally in an Egyptologist’s daughter.


First, I wish to thank Maria for sending me a copy of her first book, along with the sequel, named The Eye Of Neferiti. Both books can be read as stand-alone. 

As you already read in the description, the story is narrated by a cat called  Wrappa-Hamen. At first, the cat was hated for the fact that it didn’t catch any mouse, but soon it was gifted with the abilities of talking, walking at a human and enjoying all the things that human does. All this so it can entertain the King of the Egypt, Pharaoh. Soon after that, everybody started to love Wrappa-Hameb, except for The Vizier, who would do anything to kill the cat. 

At first I was sceptical about the book, because it isn’t one of my favorite genres and, to be honest, the cover isn’t that interesting( I know I shouldn’t judge it), but after I read a few pages, I realised how wrong I was. I felt so good reading all the trouble that the cat had to deal with. I felt every emotion that Maria wanted her cat to transmit to us. 

Also, I must say that the description are way too well done. Every room, every street or every building she would describe, I would imagine( hopefully) exactly as she intended to. I felt that I was in Egypt and then, later, in New-York. 

To all the genres from above, I must add Comedy. I really had a great time and found myself smiling at Wrappa-Hamen’s stories. You must read this book if you wish to smile a little to much. 

Now that I’ve finish it, I must start the sequel, The eye of Neferiti, which I expect to be as good as this one. 

Rate: 7.5/10

Rate: 7/10

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