Quest One: The Golden Scarab by S.W. Lothian

Quest One: The Golden Scarab

by S.W. Lothian

Published January 12th 2012 by S.W.Lothian

226 pages – ages 9+ 

It all started when JJ saw a green light coming from a mummy in the Egyptian exhibit at the museum his father works for. After seeing the strange light, JJ had a weird dream and then actually met Anubis (the Egyptian god of the dead). Anubis tells JJ that he is needed to help save the world and asks JJ to go on a mission to do just that. JJ tells his best friend Linc about meeting Anubis and the mission to save the world and Linc decides to go with JJ. The boys then get whisked away to Ancient Egypt by Anubis. In Egypt the boys meet Rani a girl from their time but from a different part of the world who was also sent to ancient Egypt to help save the world. JJ, Linc and Rani meet Horus (the Egyptian god of the king and sky) and Horus tells the children they have to find the Golden Scarab before Seth (the god of the desert and chaos) finds it. The Golden Scarab holds all of Seth’s powers and if he has it, the evil Seth will rule not just Egypt, but the entire world. Not only do the kids have to find the scarab, but they also have to get it to the goddess Ma’at (the goddess of truth and justice) to defeat Seth. To complete their mission, the kids must battle ruthless enemies, deal with traps and survive a long journey through ancient Egypt. Can three ordinary kids defeat the god of the desert or will the world suffer?

This story is really, really cool! When I first got the book I thought the description of it made it seem too close to the “Kane Chronicles” by Rick Riordan (one of my FAVORITE series) but I could not have been more wrong! This story is unique, action-packed and exciting. The characters are well-made and are very likeable. JJ is brave and selfless, Linc is funny and loyal and Rani is kind and smart. I thought the book started out a bit slow but after the first two chapters, I was totally hooked on the story. The action was great and it had a lot of humor in it (I actually laughed out loud at a couple of places). One problem I had with the book was it had a bunch of typos and editing errors. They were distracting when reading the book and made it a little less enjoyable. The book is clean with only some mild violence and references to gods of mythology. There’s a lot of information about ancient Egypt and mythology in the book which made it even more interesting.

I am looking forward to reading the next book. Four out of five bookworms for Quest one: The Golden Scarab.

To learn more about Mr. Lothian and the Quest Series please visit Mr. Lothian’s website HERE. The book is available at AMAZON.

The trailer for the book is awesome!

Quest One, The Golden Scarab is the first book in a 5 part series. The second book, “Quest Two: The Cursed Nile” will be released on Kindle on the 1st June 2012.

Categories: Age 9+

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24 replies

  1. As I read the blurb description, I immediate thought about the Kane Chronicles so I’m glad you’re review mentions your concern about this book’s possible closeness to the Riordan books. Also glad you mention there’s enough of a difference to cancel that concern.

    Typos and editing errors are issues so it’s good your review mentions this. Some may find these errors terribly difficult to deal with so it’s nice to know about them in advance to be aware when it comes to making a decision on to or not to get this book.

    An overall excellent review.

    • Thank you Ms. Brown! Yes, the story was really different from The Kane Chronicles. I think some people will be really bothered by the typos, but it didn’t bother me AS much (although it did take away from the enjoyment of the story), maybe because I am a kid.
      Thank you for stopping by my blog!!

  2. Great review, Erik! I was curious about this one.

  3. I love anything about Egypt Erik. This sounds great. And Mythology too, it’s got everything to hook a reader. Thanks Erik!

  4. We just picked up two mummy books from the library (the little one is obsessed). One book is an early reader, so Cooper (5) is reading it to Finley (3). I’m glad to see there are other books out there for when they are a bit older.

    • I’m glad Cooper is READING to Finley (two benefits – Cooper practices his reading and oral skills and Finley “learns” to read)! This book is all about Ancient Egypt, but a mummy takes some important parts in it. 🙂

  5. That sounds like some series with a lot of charachters. The video will draw kids in. I think what I like about the book is that it teaches kids about ancient Egypt and mythology, through an action-packed novel. They experience it, rather than learn about it in a school book. Sounds like a fascinating series.

  6. Sounds good – although I confess I don’t like finding a lot of mistakes in books – you’re right, it’s very distracting! Also looks sloppy and tends to color my opinion.

  7. Sounds like another great read Erik! You sure do find some great books to review.

  8. Hi Erik,

    Thanks for your thorough review. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and am sincerely grateful that you could review it for me. I have to mention that I’ve never read any of The Kane Chronicles – do you recommend them?
    Those pesky typos that you mention can be frustrating – both for reader and author. I know that they lurk quietly in most books I read – sometimes noticed, sometimes not. I’m curious if any of them were based on American spelling that differs to other English speaking countries such as Australia where I am from (eg. meter vs metre, center vs centre, specialize vs specialise etc).
    Thanks again, keep up the good work.

    • Hi Mr. Lothian! Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog! I did really enjoy your story and I think it will make a great series. The Kane Chronicles are one of my favorite series and I highly reccommend them!
      I do know about English/Australian spellings of words and the only misspelling I marked was adrenalin, and I’m not sure about that one (in the US adrenalin is a brand/trademark name for adrenaline) so I may be wrong about that. I emailed you about the typos I saw and marked.
      Thanks again for a great adventure story!

  9. Hi, I’m puzzled sorry. The only adrenalin I know about is that which kicks in when we are scared. 🙂

    • In the states we spell it “adrenaline” and “Adrenalin” is brand name for epinephrine (adreniline being the common name in the US). I only know this because I work in medicine. I was just wondering how Eirk knows it 😉 “Adrenalin” is also an alternate spelling of adrenaline used in other countries (such as Australia). So, in short, you both have the correct spelling / meaning. 🙂


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