The first of six books in the epic historical novel covering the entire life of Hatshepsut, the ancient Egyptian queen who was crowned king and for more than 20 years ruled on the Horus Throne of the Living as the Female Falcon, Maatkare.
Before becoming Pharaoh, Hatshepsut served as God's Wife of Amun, an important economic and spiritual office created by her grandfather that holds the key to her mysterious and unprecedented power. Maatkare was not only a charismatic political leader, she was a mystic who inspired the wholehearted devotion of brilliant men. One of them was Senmut, a commoner she elevated to unparalleled heights of authority. But her most influential advocate was Hapuseneb, the High Priest of Amun and the Governor of the South. Hapuseneb served under three pharaohs and yet only Maatkare is represented in his tomb.
Hatshepsut's life is a passionate story of love - for her beliefs, her country, and two of its most fascinating men.
Next in the Series: The Hidden One - Book Two
©2009 Maria Isabel Pita (P)2012 Maria Isabel Pita
yes, found a lovely mix of fact and fiction that continued to entertain and suprise all the way through the story
How the world at that time is captured through the eyes of a child
It really surprised me as I did not know what to expect and listened to most of it yesterday on a long drive.
It is delightful, informative and entertaining. I can place myself in the scene as I turn everything into images and it holds my attention so will carry on with the rest.
Maria has a lovely voice as well, it is sweet, clear and also comes across as having a underlying strength that adds depth to story."
yes, at times buried in the innocence of a child there are elements of character that I feel will emerge in the future timeline as quite sinister and this is enchanting and disturbing at the same time.
Just enjoy the story, its well worth a listen and will put you into a world lost to time
This is a truly exceptional book, the kind that can put you on a new path in life or at least make you think carefully about the one that you're on.
This is a tour de force of Egyptian symbology and a wide window into the minds and lives of ancient Egyptians as they likely really were. One does not doubt they are there in the time and the place.
I've listened to the entire series. The author is blessed with a lovely reading voice, good enunciation, and an understated theatrical ability that makes the book even more alive in audio. I actually read the first half of this book in print and then moved to the audio book.
It is one of the few series I have read that actually becomes increasingly more compelling as it progresses and culminates in a truly satisfying crescendo.
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