I know that Max Overton’s ancient Egypt books have many fans. They will love this book, as will anyone else fascinated by ancient history.
It is fiction -- but it is also serious historical research. How can that be? Well, go to a museum and gape at the dinosaurs. No one knows what they really looked like. Experts considered a few teeth and other bones, fossilised imprints in mud turned to stone, and similar cues, then used imagination to construct the best guess available. This is exactly what Max has done for an important period in the past of our civilisation.
Writing about a strange culture presents a person with a difficult choice: staying true to the unfamiliar complexities, or making the book as readable as possible for the lay reader. Max’s solution has been a quite long set of introductory notes, which is essential reading if you want to understand the names of people and places, the roles, and a few of the customs. There is nothing wrong with this in a work of history, but is not a good start for a novel. Even with the notes, the first three chapters or so are difficult reading because of hard-to-pronounce names.
However, the effort is worth it. This is a story of the clash of wills, of intrigue and love and hate, like any good story. So, if you are interested in ancient history, you must read this book, the first of three in the planned series.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 7302 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing (23 May 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071SFJ5R3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)