Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life
by P.J. Hoover
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Starscape Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765334688
Date: 16 September 2014 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
What if the story we all know about the Boy King was wrong? Through a blessing of Osiris, Tut still lives today. Which is both wonderful and trying. The curse of eternal life at the same age creates the problem of being stuck in middle school in this current age.
Tut is accompanied by Horus in feline form and Gil, another immortal. He has spent millennia exploring the world and seeing history happen. When Howard Carter opened his tomb, his uncle Horemheb, who attempted to kill him and steal his throne, is released.
The cult of Set has designs on Washington, D.C., where Tut currently resides. Although no fan of Set, Tut's main concern is finding a way to kill his uncle. The price does not matter. His focus on that goal will cost him.
Tut returns to middle school after losing a bet and is slowly drawn into the lives of a couple of other students. One won't quit and one seems to know everything about him. As he reaches out to the hidden Egyptian gods in order to complete his obsession, he learns more about his past and the plans put in place without his knowledge.
This is a YA novel told in the first person. This makes it more personal and is a common format for YA novels.
Tut is similar to the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan as it tells of a word where the Egyptian and other gods of old still have power and a place in the world. The big difference is that Hoover sticks to her main character whereas Riordan bounces back and forth between siblings. The other thing that Tut faces is his age. Being stuck as an early teen is not easy. Especially when he has had freedom for a long time. The expectations and restrictions have changed a lot in recent years. This would be extremely difficult for someone who once ruled.
I enjoyed the novel. I was able to overlook some of the inconsistencies in Washington DC. My wife on the other hand was unable to get past a few things. This is one difficulty when reading a novel set near where you live. It creates a problem for local readers that most people would never notice.
My favorite part of the story were the shabtis. They were a little bit of comic relief, but they are dedicated and loyal servants that waited for release, and served once they were free. I like the personalities that they have.
This may be a standalone novel, but there is a set up for additional adventures, but the story is complete by itself. This is a good thing in that readers donít need to commit to a large number of sequels.