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[KINDLE] ❅ Three Great Lies By Vanessa MacLellan –

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY A Strong Conclusion Sets This Light Fantasy A Notch Above Its Peers ABYSS APEX It Felt Like A Visit To A Real Place A Real, Vibrant Culture With Real People That I Won T Soon Forget And Will Want To Revisit Again And Again Go, Buy This Book Now You Ll Thank Me RECOMMENDED While Vacationing In Egypt Jeannette Walker, A Cynical Scientist Jaded By Swarms Of Tour Groups And Knick Knack Shacks, Is Lured By A Teenage Tour Guide To Visit A Newly Discovered Tomb No Other Tourists There Inside The Chamber, She Tumbles Down A Shaft AndYears Back In Time Now, In A World Where Deities Walk The Streets And Prophecy Heats Up The Air, Jeannette Is Desperate For Normal And The Simple Pleasures Of Sanitation And Refrigeration However, A Slave Master Hawking A Cat Headed Girl Derails Her Homebound Mission, And Jeannette Penniless In This Ancient World Steals The Girl, Bringing Down The Tireless Fury Of The Slaver Saddled With A Newly Awakened Mummy And The Cat Headed Girl, Jeannette Contrives A Plan To Free Them From The Slaver S Ire, But Will She Have To Dive Into The Belly Of The Beast To Succeed

10 thoughts on “Three Great Lies

  1. says:

    This was a very enjoyable fantasy I ve always been fascinated by ancient Egypt, so it was a definite plus that the story takes place in a fantasy version of ancient Egypt.Our main character, Jeannette, starts in the modern day world, touring Egypt While taking a personal tour of a newly discovered tomb, she falls through a hole into another chamber, and finds herself in a tomb in ancient Egypt A lost soul in a foreign land She immediately meets Abayomi, a re animated mummy rising from his tomb who accuses her of stealing his heart scarab and preventing him from entering the Promised Land literally, another lost soul In an attempt to flee Abayomi, Jeanette interrupts a slave auction where a young cat headed mini goddess Sanura is being sold, and absconds with her Jeanette and Sanura must flee and the relentless Abayomi follows Over the course of the book, we learn that all three of our main characters are, in a sense, foreigners in a strange land, and each determined to find their way home, their fates somehow tied to one another.This story has plenty of action and adventure, strange talking creatures, oracles, mini gods and goddesses, magic, slavery, and lots of what you would expect of ancient Egypt black wigs, white tunics, dust, dangerous insects and crocodiles and the Nile Great stuff.I enjoyed the characters who were well wrought, each with their own personality I liked Abayomi the best who knew that a mummy could be so lovable The plot is inventive and full of surprises.My favorite part of the book was the in depth look I got into the possible life of people in ancient Egypt I was absolutely brought into the world and could see, hear, smell, feel the world around me If I had any complaint about the book, it would be that sometimes the pace was slowed by the detailed description but having said that, it was the detail that brought me so solidly into the world, so even with the slightly slowed pace at times, I don t think I would change a thing.A very enjoyable read and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy, and especially to those who enjoy fantasy about ancient Egypt.True rating 4.5 stars.

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    Three Great Lies by Vanessa Maclellan begins with a crazy motorcycle ride into the unknown and continues introducing mysteries and surprises the whole way through While the first third of the story travels at a brisk pace, introducing the main setting and various characters in rapid succession, the rest of the story slows to the perfect pace for developing the characters individually and together Jeanette, Abiyomi, and Sanura are all outsiders in their own ways, and seeing them grow in substantial and meaningful ways was the highlight of the story for me I particularly bonded with Sanura s feelings of abandonment and Jeanette s general sense of doubt Even when things seemed to be going well, their conflicting old and new views made the progressions feel natural and nuanced.The plotting of the story is wonderful and well thought out Elements from the very beginning both material and thematic cycle back around and directly impact the actions of the story in realistic and meaningful ways While a few moments come across a bit on the nose, particularly in some of Jeanette s thoughts, it didn t break my suspension of disbelief and were true to the characters.I very thoroughly enjoyed Three Great Lies, and if you re looking for a story about finding meaning for yourself with healthy doses of action, mystery, and complex character interactions, I think this is a story for you.

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    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Three Great Lies by Vanessa MacLellan It felt like a visit to a real place a real, vibrant culture with real people that I won t soon forget and will want to revisit again and again It s YA, but then so is Harry Potter so don t let that stop you.The main characters are present day tourist Jeannette, Aboyami the non scary ambulatory mummy, and Sanura a shy, daughter of the cat headed Egyptian goddess Bast The cover depicts them quite well, I might add.The book starts with our young woman archaeology minded protagonist being beckoned off the beaten path to a newly discovered dig In exploring the site she gets separated from her guide and comes out into ancient Egypt If you allow for the magic that brought her there to also allow her to not have to learn a new language, the rest flows naturally I didn t really like Jeanette at first, but during her struggle to survive Jeannette grew over the course of the book from a shallow, irritated, self centered person to someone who copes with her new reality and starts to care about others It s comparable to the transformation of Eustace Scrubb in C.S Lewis Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but done much smoothly.At first Jeannette is irritated with her mummy stalker, until she realizes Aboyami thinks she stole his key to his afterlife Her gradual shift to concern for his very real plight and despair humanizes her His growth as a character is unexpected in a person who is, quite literally, dead and about to fall apart His final surprising fate is a foreshadowed delight.The addition of Sanura to their on again, off again traveling band makes no sense at first, and the poor young creature feels cast out and confused The world and her place in it are not what she expected Her simple nobility and kindness, and trust in her mother Bast, are the anchors she holds onto as she experiences what are to her frightening and depressing circumstances How her faith and expectations change is a lovely character arc in its own right.The three companions, forced into each other s lives by circumstance and fate, seem very real and very human Once she realizes she is marooned there but oh, how she wants to come back to our world Jeannette eventually comes out of herself and forms compassionate friendships with the mummy and the cat headed girl The mystery this set up is very well done, with twists and character reveals and a truly believable villain.A mild spoiler the three great lies mentioned in the title turn out to be a simple fortune cookie message that Jeannette carried with her before she was magically transported to ancient Egypt But it also wraps things up beautifully, thematically Each of the main characters has a self image that the story shows is untrue Jeannette thought her heart s desire was to get back home Aboyami the mummy thought he needed his heart scarab to move on to the afterlife Cat headed Sanura thought she wanted to return to being just like all her litter mates I m not going to give too much away and tell you how these beliefs were shown to be untrue I want you to have the pleasure of finding out for yourself Go, buy this book now You ll thank me.

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    Wow I really, really loved this novel For a first novel, Vanessa MacLellan blended everything that I like to see in a book Good humor, good characters, an interesting plot, serious issues, believable character actions, and an interesting ending Three great lies follows main character Jeannette, a slightly self absorbed scientist from the 21st century, who is vacationing in Egypt When she goes to a deserted, recently excavated tomb, and falls down a hole, she finds out that she has been transported into ancient Egypt, with a mythical twist By far one of my favorite parts about the novel was the character development of Jeannette From the beginning on, I was interested in seeing what decisions she made about which life she would choose to live I enjoyed learning about her past, and seeing her go from grudgingly consenting to travel with Sanura and Abayomi, to finding that she had a real connection with both of them Jeannette started out as a character that was kind of annoying, but ended being a character that I felt a real connection with I really enjoyed the plot twist at the end of the book I won t give any spoilers away for those to read it, but it left me surprised In a good way I was really happy with what Jeannette did, because it felt right I was expecting this to be a serious book, but a lot of the jokes made me laugh out loud, and that s something I love in any story Sometimes, when your being chased by evil tomb robbers, and being betrayed by friends, you need some humor to kind of balance out all of the serious themes.Overall, I was super happy with Three great lies and it s defiantly a book to read again I am looking forward to seeing what Vanessa Maclellan writes in the future.

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    I love a book that takes me someplace I ve never been before In this fantasy, ancient Egypt comes alive, filled with animal headed gods, talking crocodiles, and a mummy with a winning personality The ordinary Egyptians never turn a head as these creatures walk among them The heroine, Jeanette, is a women from our time who stumbles into ancient Thebes, and must make her way in a harsh world while searching for a route back to the future On the way, she becomes embroiled in problems no twentieth century person has any idea of how to solve The writing is fresh and original, studded with cool and sometimes funny turns of phrase I felt immersed in the daily life of ancient Egypt Jeannette is a complex character, strong and loyal, as well as impulsive and irreverent I especially enjoyed the visits to oracles, with their enigmatic pronouncements that left you feeling that you almost understood There are surprises in this plot unlike anything you have encountered before Dollops of philosophy crop up here and there in the narrative, adding to the fun Altogether, a great read.

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It s completely character driven, which I love, and we watch all three main characters grow along their journey The world building was fantastic I never knew ancient Egypt with a fantasy twist was such an interest blend of cultures and people The importance of beer in particular was enlightening The ending was a pleasant surprise, and very fitting, I think A solid read, I will definitely pick this one up again

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    The path to happiness can be crooked and twisted with daunting barriers along the way In Vanessa MacLellan s debut novel, Three Great Lies, the key characters seek their own forms of happiness only attainable when they recognize the truth about themselves.MacLellan sets her tale in Egypt Her bored and self absorbed protagonist, Jeannette, decides to trust a local teenaged boy, to show her a newly opened tomb with no tourists She survives a harrowing ride in a motorcycle sidecar to arrive at the site Like Alice before her, she soon finds herself tumbling down the rabbit hole Jeannette awakens from the fall and learns she is still in Egypt, but Egypt from 3,000 years ago.PictureVanessa MacLellan Thematically, the story resembles the Wizard of Oz, but this is not simply a retelling of the L Frank Baum stories Jeannette desires only to get home, and she is soon joined by companions with desires of their own Abayomi, a mummy who seeks his lost heart scarab so he can continue his journey to the underworld Sanura, a shapeshifting cat girl who wants to complete the task set for her by her mother The goddess Bast, so she can return to the company of her brothers and sisters in her birthing batch Instead of a wicked witch, they incur the wrath of the master slaver The Oz similarities quickly fall away.Instead of embracing the support Abayomi and Sanura can provide, Jeannette abandons them, sulking in denial as to her new reality She finds a job and shelter It is only after she has settled into the daily routine of Kemet, as ancient Egypt is known, does she realize she needs them if she is to return to her time Each is ill equipped to accomplish their goals on their own It takes a good deal of growing and learning together before they create a multi step plan to solve all their problems.MacLellan takes no shortcuts in getting them there Abayomi, Sanura and Jeannette are forced to deal with their circumstances head on, making mistakes, learning from them and re assessing their desires as the tale progresses They come to know each other and earn each other s respect, especially Abayomi and Jeanette, whose early interactions played as a 3,000 year old culture gap and seemed to be headed for an unrelenting gender war.The use of an animated mummy and a hybrid cat person as supporting characters was a bold choice by MacLellan, and it is a bit unusual for a novel listed as historical fiction It works, as each contrasts the other Abayomi is a strong character who understands his dilemma He is dead, and he is a mummy, but he identifies as a man, one with a lifetime of experience He proves his value over and over Sanura is not very strong and is confused by her situation Her task is set for her by Bast, and she is unsure of what to do she cannot define herself Although she is the daughter of a goddess, she lacks extraordinary abilities As young as she is, she identifies as a kitten and longs for her lost childhood Her value is revealed in bits and pieces Despite the differences, Abayomi and Sanura are committed to Jeannette, and their devotion to her and the overall cause are vital to the overall resolution.All the while, there is Kemet not quite the ancient Egypt we think we know Kemet is vast and magical, filled with pyramids, tombs and mystical creatures It s a nice change in perspective, though, as MacLellan shows us what these things we already associate with Egypt look like then pyramids under construction, tombs shiny and new, and creatures we think of as old drawings on a wall walking and talking as part of a larger community Making a setting like this believable is a monumental challenge, and MacLellan does so beautifully.In the end, Three Great Lies is a story never before told In MacLellan s vivid setting, the unlikely trio of Jeannette, Abayomi, and Sanura adapt and overcome Through their continued association, their bonding as a group and their love for each other, they recognize their true desires and overcome the obstacles that were the three great lies.

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    There were so many things I loved about this book the salty, cynical Jeannette, with whom I identified immediately, the fascinating and beautifully described setting, the vivid, engaging characters and the humour laced throughout Vanessa MacLellan s writing is clever with witty observations sprinkled throughout I was amazed at how quickly I found myself submerged in a world where beings had the heads of animals and human bodies Aboyami, the mummy, was wonderful too Who knew mummies could be so entertaining and sweet The clash of cultures between them was fascinating and also amusing It was wonderful watching Jeannette grow and change through the course of the story and I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.

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    A modern day Jeannette in an ancient world While touring Egypt, Jeannette gladly accepts a tour to a newly discovered no other tourists there tomb, only to find herself in a tomb in ancient Egypt where she meets Abayomi, a mummy, and then, in her attempt to flee Abayomi, Jeanette meets a young cat headed mini goddess, Sanura The book is well written, easy to read, and filled with action as all three characters are determined to find their way home If you like an ancient Egypt fantasy, you ll like this one I rate it 4.5 stars Well done.

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    Toto, I ve a feeling we re not in Kansas any How in the world had Jeannette ended up in this quest to save the maiden s life and the squire s soul Jeanette is on a trip to Egypt and delighted when a local guide lets her into a previously unexplored mastaba tomb But, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself lost and falling and wakes up to a dream scape of Ancient Egypt where she meets Abayomi the mummy from the tomb she disturbed, also lost and out of time, and a cat headed child called Sanura who has been sent by her goddess to find them both Those two are both lost in their own ways but have a lot idea of what the world they find themselves in is all about than Jeanette This unlikely group are all on quests Jeanette to escape back into her own reality Abayomi, to locate his missing heart scarab so he can proceed on the journey to the lands of the dead and Sanura to find her re connection to her inner goddess They embark on a journey together to fulfil their individual quests in a story as much of inner self discovery as an outer adventure, very like The Wizard of Oz.This is a fascinating fantasy which draws very loosely on Ancient Egyptian culture and mythology It has all the stereotypical standards one would expect from that mummies, cat people devoted to Bast, animal headed beings and a lot of obscure references, but all presented with a deft, fresh and unique twist Above all else, she had that distinct feeling of being in the wrong place at the wrong time This book has quite a bit to recommend it The main characters are all interesting and the way the world is unfolded through their eyes is well done Each has their own very marked view of the world and a lot of the interest in the story comes from their initial conflict and growing understanding of each other For me, though, the world building is the most attractive aspect of the book It is very creative in the way it takes Ancient Egyptian stereotypes and weaves them into something fantastical and unexpected The main issue for me is that the writing is a bit patchy it flows along really well in general but the author has the bad habit of overwriting, using too much description too often, things like He stopped his desperate migration, and focused all his intensity onto the dirt floor, his voice ratcheting with each flurry of words And there are frequent similes phrased in, what I found to be, immersion breaking, inappropriate ways such as Like old Scrooge landing his eyes on the headstone of his own grave site The strongest point of the writing is in the dialogue which is very good and flows naturally Maybe this is only an island within the river, a place for us to stop and rest and find each other Overall, it is a very good read, a journey about self understanding and true friendship And the end is just another beginning, so maybe we will have of Jeanette, Sanura and Abayomi one day.