Review: Seti’s Heart by Kiernan Kelly

Seti's HeartRating: 2.25 stars
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Length: Novel


Seti has dared to challenge the god who created him. As a result, the love of his life is murdered and Seti is cursed to spend five thousand years bound in a sarcophagus. Trapped, he hears the passage of time beyond his prison, but he cannot move or speak. Eternity is enough to drive a mortal man mad, but Seti waits for the day he will be again free.

Logan Ashton wants to work anywhere but the relics department. Every day is the same: dusting and more dusting and doing little preservation work. His boss is a jerk and Logan is bored to tears. Until the day he sneaks into a forbidden vault and comes face to face with a five-thousand-year-old mummy. Who looks really hot. Suddenly thrust into the modern world, Seti, along with Logan, must stop a madman determined to achieve immortality at any cost.

The concept of Seti’s Heart is just plain fun. I mean who doesn’t love mummies? But the execution of the book left something to be desired. The first quarter of the story is paced well and moves swiftly from a brief prologue in Ancient Egypt to Logan’s modern day struggle to find work. Seti’s sudden return to life is done with some rather overwrought predictability, but it works given the absurdity of the overall the situation. Unfortunately, from this point forward Seti’s Heart falls prey to a case of insta-love that reads as ridiculous. This is followed by a rushed and jumbled trip through the Egyptian Underworld. Given that Seti is on the run from his maker, the tension from this alone would have been enough to propel the story forward. Yet the author chooses to throw in an additional plot involving an old man and his insane quest to obtain immortality from Seti’s blood. This secondary storyline just creates an unnecessary level of chaos that snarls the pacing and sets the book to tripping over itself.

Neither Seti or Logan are particularly well formed as characters. They’re thrown together because Fate demands it, but their immediate and total devotion to one another just doesn’t track. It comes off as forced and stiff and, as a result, both men are rather unrelatable. The secondary cast of characters are surface creations that jump in and out of the plot as needed, but become set pieces rather than integral parts of the story.

Seti’s Heart started out with a fun, campy concept but became mired in a story that never really came to fruition and characters that failed to jump off the page. Unless you’re just nutty for Egyptian mythology or mummies, I’d recommend giving this one a pass.

A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.

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