• Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty

  • Valley of the Kings Series, Book 1
  • By: Terrance Coffey
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty

By: Terrance Coffey
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
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After the untimely death of his older brother, six-year-old Prince Amenhotep IV becomes the unlikely heir to the Egyptian throne, the most powerful kingship in the ancient world. By the time he becomes pharaoh over a decade later, the growing influence of the wealthy and corrupt Amun priesthood threatens to undermine his sovereignty.

Desperate to maintain power, Amenhotep outlaws the Amun religion, renames himself Akenaten, and proclaims himself the living incarnation of a single, all-powerful deity - the Aten, or sun. With the help of his headstrong mother, Queen Ty, and his beautiful wife, Nefertiti, Akenaten erects a new capital in the desert and entices thousands of citizens to uproot their lives and join him there. But the magnificent new capital harbors a host of new threats: betrayals, curses, conniving relatives, murderous jealousies, plagues, famine, hidden heretics, and foreign enemies.

Inspired by the Hittite and Amarna letters of the 14th century B.C.E., Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty is a novel of intrigue, passion, and betrayal, resurrecting the thrilling story of a singular leader whose beliefs were both visionary and disastrous.

©2016 Terry Coffey (P)2017 Tantor

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amazing book. horrible pacing.

This focuses on the latter part of the dynasty, and in spite of spending way too much time on queen Tiye, and too little on Akenaten, it's still a vibrant read. The propositions and suppositions made by the author to fill the holes in between what we know for sure, are very plausible and interesting. The book is quite dark so be ready. overall a great read that provides first person perspective to a puzzling time in Egypt's history.

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story was short and rushed

as far as historical accuracy dna proved nefertiri was never tuts mother no kemet language besides names as well.

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Great Story

Loved the book. An insight into the day to day of the most well known historical figures. Very well written.

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Bad narration!

I cringed when listening to the narrator’s female characters speak. Good story but it was hard to get past.

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  • Phoebe vW
  • 06-27-21

Interesting and entertaining

Obviously some liberties in regards to history were taken, however all in all it was fascinating. Male narrators doing female characters remains cringey, but at least I was able to differ between the multiple female characters this time!

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  • Particia Welsh
  • 02-19-20

A better interpretation than most of Akenaten & Nefratiti

I have enjoyed interpretation of the life of Akenaten, but no one grisly knows how he and his wife died . They probably never will. He was quite mad though from the little they do know. Narrative was said to have been terrified of him near the end, but this book gives logical reasons I am going to look for book two now. Patricia Welsh

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  • 12-15-18

Great book!

I love ancient Egyptian history, and particularly liked what I learned about Ay and the Amarna period, and thought it would make a good story, then I found this book and it did just that!