Book Review – The Eye of Ra by Ben Gartner

Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they’ve time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures abound—cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them . . . or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever.


I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review and can confirm all opinions are my own.

Eye of Ra is a fun and fast paced MG novel that I adored. John and his sister Sarah are upset, their parents are moving them for Colorado and away from all their friends. Deciding to go on one last hike they make their way up to the mountains where Sarah spots a cave, one that she doesn’t remember being there before. As they investigate Sarah notices some markings on the wall and as she touches them the pair get enveloped in a bright white light. When they can see again they realise something is wrong, instead of trees and mountains they are in a land filled with Sand and pyramids, they quickly realise they have somehow been transported to Ancient Egypt. With no parents to lookout for the John and Sarah find adventures everywhere they turn, some more dangerous than others. It is only after around the 4th near death experience that they decide now might be a good time to head home, that is if they can find a way back.

I would have loved to read this book as a child, I’ve always been intrigued by Ancient Egypt and this book manages to be both fun and educational. Imagine Narnia, except instead of the wardrobe its a cave and instead of the White Queen its a tomb raider. It was funny seeing the difference between the modern day and the past, especially Sarah and John trying to explain what a handshake was.

John and Sarah are definitely believable characters and ones I think most children would find it easy to bond with. We see the usual sibling style arguments, Sarah being the eldest and sometimes bullying John into doing certain things, but we also see how far they will go the protect one another, Sarah braving a sandstorm to rescue John and John jumping over a pit of scorpions.

This is definitely a fast paced, adventurous read that will be perfect for the MG age group.


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  1. Aw I’m definitely getting Narnia vibes from this one! It sounds like a story I’d have enjoyed as a child. I like that the author’s kept things pretty relatable with sibling arguments and being the eldest. Lovely review Becky 🙂

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