Hunters of the Nile by Ellie Moonwater

Hunters of the Nile by Ellie Moonwater
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Fantasy, Time-Travel
Length: Short (62 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by: Hibiscus

Every era has its hunters…and its prey.

Callie never thought her life could get any weirder or more frightening than when she’s kidnapped and thrust the role of fox in a deadly hound hunt. A subsequent fall tumbles her through time and into the arms of an Egyptian warrior.

At first convinced she’s landed among re-enactors, Callie discovers some things are exactly what they seem. A captive, Callie finds out reality holds passion, romance and more surprises than she ever imagined.

Warning, this story contains explicit sex and the joyful consummation of a forced marriage.

I found Hunters of the Nile to be a different type of time-travel story. It was not so heavy on the hero or his life with the heroine but more on her adaptation to her new time period.

Callistia works in the stables but I don’t think she was really happy with what she was doing. Yes, she loved the horses, especially Romeney, but I don’t think she liked dealing with people. Even when she readied the horses for Mr. Inskip’s riding lessons for the children, she did not seem to be happy. I did like how Steve O’Sullivan drugged her and chased her as if she were the fox in the hunt. The terror Callie felt as she ran had my heart beating faster. Everything was exciting up to when Callie was captured. Then I felt that the story veered off course some. I liked how she adapted to Egypt, interacted with Miu and even Horem but the story never developed into a heated romance.

Horem was the lucky one who caught Callie when he was hunting with Zef in the desert. He seems to be the type of man that I would like to find me if I were lost in time. Unfortunately, Horem leaves Callie in his mother’s care for two months. I learned a lot about Miu as her character was pretty well developed but Horem was just there, then not, then back again. He seemed to have feelings for Callie, renamed her Nefer, and calls her wife of his heart.

Zef reminded me of Steve O’Sullivan in that he was the “bad guy” who wants Callie. He gives me hope for a sequel where I can learn more about the character of Horem and his feelings for his Nefer.

I thought Hunters of the Nile was a good story showing how a character can adapt to a new time period. I look forward to Ms. Moonwater’s next trip into time-travel.

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