- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5373 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (30 April 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CL19O4E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dialogue is very simplistic (which is a shame, because a good 80% of the book is dialogue), descriptions are vague and it does a lot of telling, not showing. However, the book is well-paced with an interesting plot. If you don't know anything about the people or the period, you might enjoy it. If you know anything about Nerfertiti, Horemheb, Akhenaten or the Armana period, probably steer clear because you'll just get wound up. The Pharoah's women are presented as a happy little commune who immediately adopt Kiya as their leader over wicked outcast Nerfertiti (who has not one redeeming feature). Horemheb is the so-say cruel military leader who spends half his time shepherding the Pharoah's new wife from A to B, and is unbelievably open and candid with her (emphasis on unbelievably). Akhenaten is the slightly deformed Pharoah with a hint of madness who doesn't mind his wife holding hands with and hugging his general, and just takes everybody's word for everything, knows about all the palace plots and does nothing to intervene or punish the plotters.
I also struggled with the total lack of formality between characters, how often Kiya had the opportunity to spend time alone with another man (and how little that bothered anyone) and the very modern phrasing like 'finding out what's on the agenda', 'I seem to have that down', etc.
As a young person's novel very loosely based on real people and events, it's pretty good, I think I would have really enjoyed it when I was about 13, and it would have been a good introduction to get me interested in actually learning about the period. As an adult's novel, it doesn't do so well because it's just a little too basic and far-fetched.
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