One of her best. Takes a while to get all the characters straight, but well worth the read. Quiet intrigue.
Writers like Kerry Greenwood and James Patterson should stick to the genre they know. I have read books by both that take place in ancient Egypt.
They do a little research and think they have a grasp of the times. She has made several factual mistakes about history and ancient Egyptian culture that it is pathetic. She has followed her publisher's advice "Sex sells! Pretty boring after a while.
Unexpectedly elevated to the rank of Great Royal Scribe, peasant boy Ptah-hotep serves the pharaoh Akhnaten -- formerly Amenhotep IV -- who has renounced Egypt's traditional pantheon in favor of the sun god Aten. Meanwhile, Ptah-hotep's lover Kheperren enters the employ of General Horemheb and observes his master's attempts to defend the Black Land. But invaders present only one threat to the realm's survival: at court, Queen Nefertiti conspires with her sister Mutnodjme to conceive a royal heir whom she can pass off as the child of her sterile husband, even as opponents of the pharaoh's religious reforms plot to end his reign. Out of the Black Land is an intricate, suspenseful study of the political machinations and courtly intrigue of Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.
I was honestly torn about what to rate this book. I think the author did a fine job of transporting me to Ancient Egypt, I liked the characters she created despite feeling they were possibly a little bit one dimensional. The years of history that were related are fascinating and the author fashioned a very interesting version of events.
But...why all the sex scenes. Now don't get me wrong, they were pretty good sex scenes and it would have been derelict in a story such as this one to have avoided them completely. I can't say as I thought them all entirely necessary or that they needed to take up so much of the book though. And Holy Shmoly but how many times can the word phallus be written into a story, I doubt the intent was to make me laugh but after the first dozen times, I just couldn't help myself.
I was not particularly enamored of the use of all the poetry, prayers, stories and riddles that were littered throughout. There were too many of them for my taste and they started to become gratuitous and boring by book two.
Thus have I decided to rate it a 2, it was okay. I am sorry to do so as the book was recommended to me by a friend who considers it a favorite but I must be honest and anyway, life would be boring if we all thought the same.
This is a wonderful piece of fiction. She did a lot of research, but from what I have read about this era, she seems to have taken quite a bit of literary license. She has most of the large facts correct as to who was pharaoh, but as to what happened to them, she appears to use her imagination as a fictional author to come up with her own interpretation. All this being said it is a fun book to read and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a bit of fiction from the Akhnaten period.
Strangely, this book is labeled as a 'mystery'. Instead of being a 'whodun it' set in ancient Egypt, the book is a 'fictional novel'. The author writes of another scenario about people and events before and after of the Amarna period. Quite a bit of research went into the book to bring out the daily life and rituals of ancient Egypt. Recommended with a warning that the book contains mature content and some explicit sex scenes.
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