The God Collector by Catherine Butzen

The God Collector by Catherine Butzen
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (238 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sweetpea

Their love is ancient history if they can’t catch the thief out to kill them.

Theodora Speer loves her job at the Columbian Exposition Museum designing murals, but a sense of movement—in her art and in her life—eludes her. She meets the museum’s enigmatic donor Seth Adler while working on a new exhibit: a strange cache of shabtis, or clay funerary figurines, accompanying a prize mummy, and something sparks.

Seth Adler’s interest in the Egyptian artifacts and in Theo goes deeper than patronage, but he can’t tell her that. A series of robberies has everyone on edge and when the Columbian is hit, Theo and Seth are implicated. Someone thinks there was more to the ancient Egyptian funeral rites than meets the eye and wants the mummy and his grave goods.

Seth and Theo are forced on the run, and it may be too much movement for strict realist Theo to keep up with. But the man—and the mummy—are more than she realized. And if she can’t reconcile the past and the present, she and Seth may have no future.

Rick O’ Connell watch out. There’s a sexy new mummy in town.

Theodora Speer usually spends her days covered in paint bringing the past back to life for her employer, the Columbian Exposition Museum (I’m guessing inspired by the real life Field Museum in Chicago). Art, magic and romance mix together in a delightful palette when Theo comes face to face with a four thousand year old immortal named Seth Adler. He is as determined to hold onto his secrets as Theo is to reveal them.

What I loved about the God Collector was author, Catherine Butzen’s, creative new take on a very old legend.

The beginning had some pacing issues. I spent way too much time following Theo throughout her work week behind the scenes of a major museum. And although I actually have painted myself for many years the constant description of everything in painterly terms grew tiresome after a while. Describing blood as Cadmium Red was too much even for me. But once the mummy was predictably stolen, things got interesting. The author did do a great job describing Chicago (a city still on my bucket list) and she also did a wonderful job of bringing a slice of ancient Egypt to life.

What really made me glad I read this book was the fact that the author had a nontraditional romantic hero. Seth was a great character. I would have enjoyed a little more time spent in his head than following Theo around in her studio mixing paint. Regardless of the slow intro the most important thing that attracted me to this character was that he wasn’t a vampire, sheik or widowed rancher in Montana. Sorry Harlequin, but I’m so bored by those bland romantic stereotypes, I could scream. There is a part in the book where Seth tells Theo he wants to show her his burial site and the Egypt he loved so dearly when she realistically responds it’s too dangerous because of political instability. He gets angry and says, “To hell with politics. I have more of a right to see Kemet again than anyone else.” That line really defined him for me as a character more than any other in the book. He is a man removed from humanity by his circumstances, yet is terribly afraid to lose his connections to his past.

If you are like me and bored beyond belief with ranchers, navy seals and CEOs all cut from the same literary cloth, you’ll love The God Collector, a truly unique read.

Speak Your Mind