Is Ahmose's divine gift a blessing or a curse?
The second daughter of the Pharaoh, Ahmose has always dreamed of a quiet life as a priestess, serving Egypt's gods, ministering to the people of the Two Lands. But when the Pharaoh dies without an heir, she is given instead as Great Royal Wife to the new king - a soldier of common birth. For Ahmose is god-chosen, gifted with the ability to read dreams, and it is her connection to the gods which ensures the new Pharaoh his right to rule.
Ahmose's elder sister Mutnofret has been raised to expect the privileged station of Great Royal Wife; her rage at being displaced cannot be soothed. As Ahmose fights the currents of Egypt's politics and Mutnofret's vengeful anger, her youth and inexperience carry her beyond her depth and into the realm of sacrilege.
To right her wrongs and save Egypt from the gods' wrath, Ahmose must face her most visceral fear: bearing an heir. But the gods of Egypt are exacting, and even her sacrifice may not be enough to restore the Two Lands to safety.
©2011, 2013 Libbie M. Grant (P)2013 Libbie M. Grant
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"Never listened to a story about Egypt before..."
The narration was really enjoyable. I have never listened or read a story about ancient Egypt before and the way the story was told pulled me in and I didn't want to stop listening!
I really loved the all the small details and descriptions of the characters day to day lives but it was the dramatic twists in the book that made it a "page-turner". All of the Characters were very well developed and it had me on edge wondering what was going to happen next. I loved the whole thing from start to finish!
I haven't before, but will in the future!
I think the name suits the book well, I wouldn't change it.
I am really hoping that the other books in this series comes to audiobook soon!
"Took me there!"
The narration and the storytelling were both so beautiful
I haven't read much about Ancient Egypt in historical fiction, so I don't know.
The narration was the best. I wasn't a huge fan of the character voices.
Yes, and I almost did. I finished it less than 24 hours after purchasing.
"Beautiful and compelling"
An intelligent, well written , informed historical fiction piece. I enjoyed being a part of this characters life and feeling the richness of detail in this epic land. Weaving history, myth, religion and culture together inextricably was done with great skill.
"Valley Girl of the Kings"
The narrator spoke with a downward lilt that turned every sentence into a sardonic, sarcastic statement. The presentation was so annoying that this was the first time I ever listened to a book imagining it as a written page in order to determine which was worse, the writing or the delivery. I highly recommend reading this rather than listening to Ms Miller. While the main character was not much of a sympathetic character, the reading made her even less likable.
"Entertaining but bad narration"
Entertaining book. Writing somewhat juvenile. Would not have chosen this narrator. Didn't fit the story.
This book was well thought out, and well written!!! Then to top it all off it was FLAWLESSLY performed!!!! I highly recommend this book!! But as a 90's kid I will say this "You don't have to take my word for it!"
"Awesome story excellent narration"
This story is really enjoyable and the lady doing the narration is really talented. She brings the story to life. I will getting the next in the series. And looking for more from the narrator
Outstanding story and narration! Had me riveted the whole time! A must read - listen! I can't wait to find out more about Hatshepsut!
After listening to several chapters it's just not my preference of story line -- too much "bedroom" but it's not erotic. I was hoping for more mystery or adventure or suspense.
"Great book - really get a feel for ancient egypt"
I didn't read the printer version so I can't be sure.
It really makes you feel like you're in ancient Egypt.
No, this is my first, but the narrator did a great job.
Ahmose, she had the most 'screen-time'.
My only complaint was that I feel like it had a slight leaning towards a female perspective. There was more focus on motherhood and the protagonist's rival sister that I (a male reader) was especially interested in. However that did not detract enough from the book to result in my dissatisfaction of the whole.I love historical fiction, I've read most of the work by Conn Iggulden and James Clavell, as well as some by Bernard Cornwell, Robert Fabbri, Jane Auel and Ken Follett. I am not educated in Egyptian history, so I cannot judge the actual accuracy of Ironside's details (though they all seem legit as far as I can tell). However I can say she did as good a job of making the reader truly experience the historical setting as any of the those authors did. The story itself was also great, and the writing itself was too.
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