Picker's powerful use of language is both elegant and enlightening, and as I turned the pages I found myself being transported into the land of Kem. This novel wonderfully depicts 3100 year old Egypt, and the man who became its first Pharaoh.
Anhotek. There was a lot of wisdom in the way he helped to guide Narmer to manhood.
The marriage of the Pharaoh to his Queen is a gripping, moving account of the love that the royals shared.
Anhotek, Chief Scribe and Shaman. I liked the back and forth of the relationship that Anhotek had with the Pharaoh. He seemed to balance his many roles as surrogate father, adviser, Chief Scribe and Shaman with wisdom and common sense.
This novel immerses the reader into the intrigue, uneasy alliances, treachery and the strain imposed on the young Pharaoh as he sought to fulfill his vision of unifying the two ancient kingdoms.
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