Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World
by P.J. Hoover
Cover Artist: Illustrations by Erik McKenney
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Starscape Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765390820
Date: 28 February 2017
Tutankhaman the famous boy Pharaoh of Egypt is still alive and trapped in a teenage body. After saving the world and risking his immortality, he needs to find his friend, Gilgamesh. Gil has been missing since the action which saw Set being stopped.
Tut is free from school, but his new best friend, Henry, decides to drag him to summer camp. The problem is that Tut wants to find Gil and not an education. But there is a new looming problem, the sun is disappearing. Once again Tut must master his abilities and search DC for clues and save the world.
He will meet new friends in summer school. One is Blair Drake, a girl more interested in Henry than Tut. Which is okay with Tut, since he still has a thing for Tia. Relationship troubles are nothing new, but they help move the action and bring Tut to the people and places he needs to be to find the old gods causing problems.
This is the second volume of a YA series following the adventures of an ever-young Tut. There are plentiful interactions with the gods and goddesses of the Nile. In the first volume, the action revolved around the more common Egyptian gods. Here, the more obscure come to the fore. The use of the gods is the best part of the series, the development of their individual quirks are brought out. Bast's cat-like qualities come out again. The shabti are also a fun addition for readers as they work to their own goals. I also like the character Tia and hope that she continues to be developed in the future.
The weakest part of the series continues to be the use of Washington DC. As a local, I find the usage to be wanting. Some things are dropped in which don't seem to add up. It is the classic movie problem where a character jumps twenty blocks in three steps. In this case a circus set up in a place where it can't be was a problem.
As the second novel of a series it isn't the best starting place for new readers. For readers who have never been to DC, the problems that a local notices will not be an issue. Fans of the Kane Chronicles will likely find the story entertaining.