Forbidden Love. Lust for Gold and Power. Wrath of the Devil Wind.
The joyous birth of Nefret, Royal Daughter of Egypt's First Dynasty, is overshadowed by her mother's death, and King Aha's suspicion he may not have fathered her.
The young princess's education is left to Ramose, High Priest of Ptah, who vies for control over his weak Horus-King--as does the vile Vizier. Each man takes full advantage of the Two Lands' warfare with its southern neighbors.
Nefret's forbidden love for the surgeon priest Tasar and a deadly feud with her half-brother thrusts her into conflict with the strict laws of ma'at, a transgression punishable by death.
As the khamsin rages over the Two Lands, the many who seek to kill Nefret are pitted against the few who hope to save her.
Readers have praised this award-winning novel as "An Epic Story of Power and Intrigue," its writing as "Simply luscious." While this ancient saga plays out during Egypt's First Dynasty (3080 BC), it has the suspense and action of an Indiana Jones adventure.
It is followed by Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea (a 2012 thriller), and After the Cataclysm (Book 3, a 2014 dystopian setting). Book 4 is The Crystal Curse (a 2016 adventure/thriller). Book 5, The Nile Conspiracy, is an international action thriller based on the very real threat of a new huge Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile, Egypt's lifeblood.
While all books in the series can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels, some important background information will be lost if not read in sequence.
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I was very pleased that this Historical Fiction saga was selected an Editor's Choice. and I would like to add the review in its entirety here:
Historical Novels Review, Quarterly Issue, August 2012
Khamsin: The Devil Wind of the NileBy Inge H. Borg Borg's exceptional novel Khamsin takes its name from the "devil wind" that ravages ancient Egypt for fifty days during the reign of King Aha, the second ruler of the First Dynasty (roughly 3080 B.C.). The Egypt of this setting is primordial even by Egyptian standards: this is a time before the Great Pyramids were built, and before the Sphinx. But even in such an exotic setting, Borg adeptly demonstrates that some human passions never change - her cast of characters is vast, but at the heart of the story are two men vying for power in ancient Memphis: Ramose, the high priest of Ptah, and Ebu al-Saqqara, the plotting vizier. As the freak windstorm continues to rage, its turbulence is mirrored in the intrigues and battle scenes, the plight of queens and princesses, and the hopes of dozens of lesser (but still fully realized) characters. Borg's narrative structure is as supple as it is strong; this is a big book in every way (except in your luggage: it's a well-designed e-book), sprawling, ambitious, and marvelously executed.
It's enthusiastically recommended.
During a forbidden encounter between King Aha's first Queen Mayet and a nocturnal visitor, a new life is conceived; but its soul, its eternal Ba, is already old. And it is destined yet to live through many other storms. Will Aha's royal heiress, Nefret, become the victim of her fate presaged by the Oracle of Isis, or can Ramose save her life, if not her royal heritage? As the dreaded Khamsin rages over the Valley of the Nile, Ma'at is often breached and it is said that people vanish without a trace. Yet, for the eternal soul, the end is but a new beginning.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 460 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.04 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1481041959