Ancient Addiction: A Review of Allie Burton’s “Tut’s Trumpet”

Posted: August 20, 2015 in Book Review, Young Adult
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Goodreads.com Description: “Her grandfather kidnapped.
An ancient instrument of death in her hands.
A warrior from the past determined to stop her.

When sixteen-year-old Aria York loses her parents, she thinks nothing worse can happen. But then her grandfather is kidnapped by a mysterious Egyptian sect and she is being hunted by two competing tribes. Both want King Tut’s trumpet of war and will lie and steal to obtain the legendary instrument.

When Aria plays the magical trumpet she forgets her grief. Instead, she feels triumph and greed and anger flow through her veins, and chaos erupts in San Francisco. She wants nothing more than to rescue her grandfather, but finds herself trusting a tortured warrior who insists she hand over the trumpet or risk enveloping the world in war.

Aria wants to believe him, but knows there’s something even bigger at stake. As each precious hour passes, she’s forced to ask: Is she playing the trumpet or is the trumpet playing her?”

About the Author

Allie didn’t realize having so many jobs would become great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a fitting room attendant to a bike police officer to a professional mascot escort. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, marine biology, and advertising.

When her kids asked, “when are you going to write a story we can read?” she switched from adult novels to Young Adult and Middle Grade and hasn’t looked back.

Allie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Romance Writers of America including the Young Adult, Dallas Area Romance Writers and Heart of the Rockies chapters. She is also a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

Find Allie on line at:

www.twitter.com/Allie_Burton
www.Facebook.com/AllieBurtonAuthor
www.wattpad.com/AllieBurton
www.pinterest.com/aburton1269
instagram.com/allieburtonauthor

After reading the first book in the Soul Warriors series, I thought each book was a standalone. Man, I was wrong!

 If you haven’t read Soul Slam, stop and read it first! You’ll need it to understand Tut’s Trumpet.

My Review

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked Allie Burton’s Tut’s Trumpet! My two favorite things about the book? Her continued reference to Egyptian mythology and the characters she’s created.

My favorite character is Aria York. I imagined her as the dorky kid in high school. She was a musician who embraced her art two hundred percent. It was her strength. Music allowed her to hide from the world. Burton sprinkles musical references throughout this book–brilliant! Aria’s persona develops right along with the story. By the end of the tale we’re left with a strong character we want to read more about. Her love interest, Falcon, wasn’t the clueless kid like Xander (Soul Slam–if you want more info, you’ve got to read the book). He’s strong–physically, mentally and emotionally. He only shows his weakness towards the end of the story.

Burton brings back villains from Book One–Jeb and the Society of Aten goons–and adds a new one, the Magical Order of Crucis. Once again, its an obsession with power that causes villains to do the stupid things they do. Tut’s Trumpet has bad guys who will gladly dance with evil in order to accomplish their goals.

I was happy to see Xander and Olivia make a reappearance. They have gotten wiser and are completely in charge of the Soul Warriors. Remember the shabti and their transformation? I won’t give anything away. I’ll just say they play a big role in Tut’s Trumpet.

As I said earlier, Burton references Egyptian mythology in this book. Most books that mention mythology usually stick to Roman and Greek. It is refreshing to read another culture’s mythology. (Yes, to diversity!) Egyptian mythology just happens to be my favorite. Tut’s Trumpet mentions the god Horus and Howard Carter’s discovery of many artifacts (1922). There’s a brief note about the history at the end of the book.

Although the plot is the usual ‘hero on a quest’ story, Burton has put some unique spins on the idea. You won’t be bored reading it.

I found Burton’s book to be creative with well-developed characters who explore the realms of good vs evil and love vs hate. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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