Set in one of the most exciting times in Egyptian history, the end of the Second Intermediate period, The Shepherd Kings is a vivid and well written novel. The Egytpians have suffered under the yoke of Hyksos invaders who control their country and enslave their people. The unmitigated insult to a nation with such an exalted history can be borne no longer. Under the direction of the Pharoah Amose a revolt begins, using the Hyksos' own weapons, horses and chariot, against them. Rather than focussing on the exalted, Ms. Tarr has chosen to illustrate her story using common people: a slave, a horse-breeder, a soldier and a priestess are her main characters, and they are exceedingly engaging. The novel is historically accurate (to be expected of an author with a degree in history) but the setting is secondary to fine gem of a story. This is the best of Ms. Tarr's novels to date and a must-read for anyone who enjoys a rollicking good story.