Book Review: Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx

Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx
Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx by James Rollins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jake and his sister Kady are thrown into another mythical world of the past, this time with a lost tribe from Egypt. Jake’s old friends are pulled into the desert with him, and they must fight to survive in the strange land. Once the young Princess Nefertiti takes them as captive slaves to the capital city, the dangerous plans of the Skull King become apparent, and even the Princess will turn to Jake for help in fighting against that ancient evil. Surrounded by mystical beasts and magical stones, Jake and his friends are in the thick of another wild adventure!

I LOVE the action in this story! The plot takes a million twists and turns, the puzzles and mysteries keep me guessing, and I can barely stop reading because every scene flows into more action.
The world building is fantastically imaginative! So many little creatures, and strange landscapes, and burning magical objects that do weird things! I was fascinated by all the beautiful and horrifying aspects of this new world.

I’m a little disappointed that there isn’t much character development in this book. We had a lot of it in the first book, developing friendships, establishing characters’ personalities and strengths. Not as much of that in this one. Characters feel a little static. They are still good characters, and they DO have their moments of good dialogue, but they haven’t changed or grown much since the last book.

I wish the rest of the series was written already!

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