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What the River Knows    by Isabel Ibaņez order for
What the River Knows
by Isabel Ibaņez
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St. Martin's, 2023 (2023)
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* *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Searching for ancient artifacts in late 19th-century Egypt comes alive in these pages. Inez, an Argentinian who seems very mature at nineteen years, is really there to ferret out what happened to her missing parents. They have spent much of the last ten years working with her uncle to locate prize treasures of old.

Because Inez's father sent her a magical golden ring, she has absorbed some of the magic and is able to feel where related objects are. I'm a great skeptic about this sort of thing, but here, at least in the more important instances, it seems to work.

As Inez travels from Cairo to the island of Philae we are treated to the sights and smells of that time. But there is so much intrigue that we really don't know whom to trust, and some of the plot points are not all that plausible. Despite many twists and turns, Inez manages to be both naīve and resourceful, and we are enchanted with her wanderings. And, there's a surprise at the end.

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