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The Amarnan Kings, Book 3: Scarab - Tutankhamen [Kindle Edition]

Max Overton
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Scarab and her brother Smenkhkare are in exile in Nubia, but are gathering an army to wrest control of Egypt from the boy king Tutankhamen and his controlling uncle, Ay. Meanwhile, the kingdoms are beset by internal troubles and the Amorites are pressing hard against the northern borders. Generals Horemheb and Paramessu must fight a war on two fronts while deciding where their loyalties lie – with the former king Smenkhkare or with the new young king in Thebes.

Smenkhkare and Scarab march on Thebes with their native army to meet the legions of Tutankhamen on the plains outside the city gates. The fate of Egypt and the 18th dynasty hang in the balance as two brothers battle for supremacy and the throne of the Two Kingdoms.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3945 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060M6RWM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love it 7 Feb. 2012
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This is a big, bold project; and I want to love it. The writing is good, very descriptive and evocative. Scarab is a likeable, engaging character, and three books in is a great link in the stories of the Amarna (and later) kings. But I can't help thinking aiming to do a whole book per king is a bit ambitious. It does feel as if some of the books are being strung out endlessly and for little purpose. For example, in Scarab Tutankhamen, there are pages and pages about Smenkhkare's rabble of soldiers learning to fight ... then pages and pages of Scarab herself fighting one of the Nubian chiefs. All rousing stuff, but to what purpose? It seems all we're doing is filling in time so Tutankhamen can be old enough for the next bit of the story. I actually found myself skipping much of it. I don't want to give the plot away (and it's worth reading despite my criticisms) but when it comes to the crucial confrontation between Tutankhamen and Smenkhkare, all of this is thrown to the wind. Anyone who knows anything about Egyptian history knows that Tutankhamen has to die aged around 19 - and that Smenkhkare certainly does not outlive him ... but in terms of the plot, I was frustrated by the way these characters seemed to throw themselves away ... allow themselves to be pawns in a bigger game ... without thinking of the bigger picture for Egypt. The author has done a great job up until this point in developing my sympathy for both kings, only for me to be thoroughly irritated with both of them at the end. Such a shame, when I wanted them both to be big and brave - but I ended up thinking they both finished looking (and acting) small and stupid. And then we come to Scarab herself. 3 books spent establishing her as fearless, clever, intuitive etc etc ... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable read 27 Oct. 2013
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This series of books is a really interesting read if you are remotely interested in Egyptian history. The names take some getting your head around though, but it gets easier as you progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series 28 Jan. 2013
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I have read them all and want more, I cant wait till the series goaes further with more of the life of this remarkable person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scrarab ~ Tutakhamen 3 Jan. 2013
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A fantastic gripping read. The sort of book that you don,t want to put down. The story is so real
you feel as if you are there yourself.
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