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Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows (Rai Rahotep #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  372 ratings  ·  59 reviews
As Egypt's young king is crowned, a vicious killer waits in the shadows. . . .

Egypt's next Pharaoh, the young Tutankhamun, is ready to claim his birthright—a vast, powerful, and sophisticated empire. It should be at the height of its glory, but it is troubled by long-lasting foreign wars, public dissent, and internal struggles. With his new wife, Ankhesenamun, the daughter
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 27th 2009)
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Gail Cooke

While a good mystery is always enjoyable, when that mystery is mixed with history it's even better. Such is surely the case with TUTANKAMUN. Intrigue, rich atmospheric detail, and more twists than are found in the narrow streets of ancient Egypt are seamlessly woven by Nick Drake (Nefertiti) to produce a can't-put-down tale.

Our narrator is Rahotep, a detective in ancient Egypt's police force. Happily married he is the father of four, three daughters on the cusp of womanhood and a young son. Ye
The second book in this series is much like the first, an interesting historical mystery that too often - at least for me - gets bogged down in description and language to the detriment of pace and plotting.

Rahotep is a melancholy poet turned investigator who gets pulled into the intrigue of the palace during the reign of the famous Tutankhamun. What seems a simple investigation into mysterious objects found in the palace turns into a mystery that may cost Rahotep everything and puts the future
I was honestly not impressed with this book. It moved way too slowly, and I didn't care about any of the characters, or what happened to them. Even the King and Queen were extremely dull. The two storylines seemed completely disjointed, and not connected, as they supposedly were. Tutankhamun's death was anticlimactic and disappointing. The reveal of the serial murderer at the end was also anticlimactic. The only good thing I can say is that it was very historically accurate- and that is always a ...more
03/18 page 85 "Slogging along. Perhaps I'm just not in the mood for Egyptian mysteries. I haven't particularly liked any others and I'm not really a fan of Amelia Peabody either."

03/24 page 174 "This is proving impossible for me to finish. Sigh."

03/26 page 186 "I give up ... I am just not in the mood to trudge to the end of this book. I don't care about anyone in it. It's not that it takes place some 2300 years ago or that I know how it all turns out in the end. Its that this author doesn't ha
Amanda Skoglund
I really enjoyed this book! Maybe it's because I have a thing for anchient Egypt, but I find this novel very good. There are not much action, maybe there should be more and to be honest, sometimes the book is a little slow. But the characters has REALLY grown in me since the first book of this series and I think Drake does a wonderful job with creating an atmosphere thorughout the book, if you ser what I mean. And I really want to point out how much I love the characters and the setting! I love ...more
Charline Ratcliff
I was recently perusing some book titles when “Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows” caught my eye. Being fascinated with Ancient Egypt, having also written a novel that centered around Nefertiti, I of course decided that this book was a 'must read.'

Moving on to the review... “Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows” is a brilliantly well-written tale. The author, Nick Drake, takes his readers on a fascinating journey that utilizes new information about Tutankhamun; knowledge that has only been acquired du
Clare Cannon
A fascinating story based on historical knowledge of the reign of 19 year old Tutankhamun. It is both historical fiction and a thrilling detective story which shows that people and politics are not so different now from then. Several murder descriptions are grim but are only elaborated as much as is necessary for the plot development.
You might enjoy Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows by Nick Drake. It combines historical fiction and a good mystery.
The boy king is brought to life in this mystery from ancient Egypt.
Enjoyed this read
Nicolas Shump
In the second volume of his Egyptian trilogy, Nick Drake is in a groove when it comes to his narrative, material, and protagonist. In Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows, Drake gives us another adventure and complex mystery that the determined Medjay detective, Rahotep endeavors to solve. At the end of his first volume, Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead, we are briefly introduced to two of the main characters in this story- Tutankhamun and his queen and half sister, Ankhesenamun.
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Jim Leffert
The second novel in Drake’s trilogy set in ancient Egypt is a full realized, immersive experience and a complex and satisfying mystery story.

In ancient Thebes, someone is menacing the adolescent Pharoah, Tutankhamun, and his adolescent Queen, Ankhesenamun, by placing objects with threatening messages in the palace. Simultaneously, out in the city, less prominent people are turning up assaulted and left for dead, their bodies mutilated. It falls to Rahotep, the Seeker of Mysteries, to figure out
The gripping sequel to Nefertiti, the book of the dead. A great read which begins 10 years after the last book left off.

"Cryptically murdered bodies of several young people are discovered. These brutal acts are destabilizing a ruthless regim already made precarious by corruption, dissent, the strain of distant wars & the appalling divide between rich and poor.
On the golden throne, Tutankhamun has inherited an emprie that should be at its height of power & glory.But the king, just 18, a
PROTAGONIST: Rahotep, chief detective of Thebes
SETTING: Ancient Egypt
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.25

You’d think that there would be nothing new to say about such a famed historical figure as Tutankhamun (“King Tut”). Fortunately, Nick Drake proves that theory wrong in the second book of his Rahotep trilogy. Although highly fictionalized, Drake presents some fascinating conjectures about the final months of Tutankhamun’s life, a real life mystery whose solution has eluded us to this day.

In this sequel to Nefertiti in what is meant to be The Book of Shadows Trilogy, Drake has brought back Rahotep, a detective in the Medjay (police force) of Thebes. He is assigned to work a case in which a series of young people are barbarically mutilated and left to die. Each of the scenes seem to hold a message that somehow ties them to the royal family, which is currenltly led by Tutankhamun and his sister/wife Ankhesanamun under the regency of Ay. The young people also all seem to have been d ...more
Ana T.
A while back the Historical Tapestry blog was asked to give some recommendations on books set in Ancient Egypt. One of the titles that came up at the time was Nick Drake's historical mysteries Nefertiti and Tutankhamun. When I was offered a chance to read the second I couldn't let it pass.

The story is a mystery set during Tutankhamun's reign. The main character is Rahotep, a Seeker of Mysteries. The fact that I haven't read the first book didn't really upset me except for the fact that Rahotep
Some time ago I read the first book in this series about a policeman or medjay (Rahotemp)in ancient Egypt. I liked it about as much as I liked this one. As I am about to go to Egypt I have been reading novels set in ancient Egypt and decided to try this one.

I didn't quite believe in the story is part of the problem. Another problem is the rather gruesome and bizarre nature of the murders by a serial killer. I generally avoid books concerning serial killers since they tend to be bizarre.

I did l
This is a fictional account of the last days of Egypt's very young Pharoah Tutankhamun. The country is being ruled by Ay, Egypt's Regent, and the King has yet to claim his birthright. He is married to Ankhesenamun, daughter of Nefertiti and Ankenaten, who plots with him to take over their kingdom. This novel is also a mystery so mysterious and sinister "gifts" begin appearing at the palace to frighten the King and Queen and related murders of young people take place in the streets. Rahotep, chie ...more
Read a portion of Tut a year or so ago. Finally got back to it. Having recently finish readomg book #3, Tut provided a lead in to the next storyline.
Drake's gift for provinding depth to the life backgrounds of people and places brings his stories to a higher enjoyable experience.
When reading, I like to add accents to the characters speech patterns. At chapter 41, I provided the characters with an Irish accent, then switched to Eastern Tennesse. For a hoot throw in PA Dutch.

Just for fun....try r
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RATING: 2.5 stars.

A nice, quick read, "Tutankhamun" is a mystery set in Ancient Egypt. I liked the story, although I thought Rahotep didn't do much investigative work most of the time. Also, while Drake gets the overall descriptions of the places right, I felt he didn't really capture the ways of Ancient Egypt. The characters thinking was too modern, too 19th century England. The thought processes of most characters seemed out of place as did some expressions like when one character exclaims som
Rachael McDiarmid
This book just didn't do it for me. I found the writing relatively dull and interesting, the story pretty average. The other issue was related to expectation. I order most of my books pre-publication so I'm guessing the publisher's marketing material and their metadata got my interest. By the time the physical book was in my hand and I started reading, I was a little surprised it was an ancient murder mystery. Nothing like what I had originally anticipated! For goodness sake, you don't call a bo ...more
I didn't realise this was a sequel when I began reading because I normally am really obsessed about reading series' in order but it didn't seem to matter much with this one. I enjoyed the story and the characters but my one problem with it was that the main character - the detective - was just too modern. The way he thought about things and reacted and considered all screamed modern day. I actually started picturing him as Lestrade from Sherlock after the first few pages and then couldn't shake ...more
Thriller is a good description! I now have to get book 3 to see what happens.
This book is not for the faint of heart since the murders are pretty grisly. That said, the tension is held at a high level since you not only have a serial killer but the threats coming from Ay and General Horemheb. Rahotep is again in a situation with the Royal family that could leave him and his beloved family dead. I recommend that the author's notes at the back be read first so that the reader gains knowledge about
While there were still elements of this that were CSI Ancient Egypt - plenty of anachronisms and modern attitudes - I did feel this was a stronger work than the first in this series. It was more 3.5 stars than 4.

Drake says n his end notes that Robert Graves said his own novels sought to find answers to cryptic historical puzzles. This was Drake's attempt to solve the mysteries about the life and death of Tutankhamun. He includes a select bibliography and I felt he did capture a strong sense of
Holly Lindquist
Nick Drake's first mystery novel, Nefertiti, was intriguingly atmospheric but failed to provide anything more than a tottering, malnourished waif of a mystery plot. This sequel is more assured,yet it still has Drake's poetic touches to make it unique. Detective Rahotep's world-weary, cynical leanings come off a bit more smoothly on this second outing and I feel like I'm starting to get to know the guy. This is a satisfying mystery with a gritty, dark-edged Ancient Egyptian setting.
A mystery set in ancient Egypt at the time of the young king Tutankhamun. Drake uses his detective character Tahotep to explore the events surrounding the mysterious death and hasty burial of this now famous king. This historically accurate novel describes the golden age of the Pharaohs in lush detail. Includes sadistic murders and violence which I admit I skipped through but I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story.
Interesting concept. A detective in ancient Egypt must solve a series of murders that appear to threaten the reigning dynasty of Egypt. I do enjoy reading well done historical novels, and hope that the descriptions are based on current research. Very interesting look at monarchies, religion and the common life of ancient times.
I love mysteries and I love Tut - so this book fit me like a glove. Ancient Egypt is fascinating - add some intrigue and politics and you can't put the book down. I wish I bought it , but it's a library book. Tut came alive for me. The details of the court, the culture, the religion - all make me want to know more.
I loved the idea of this book, but the execution was lacking. I found it difficult to keep in the time period when the author insisted on using modern terms and phrases that were not around during King Tut's day. At times, it felt more like a cold case file. Not really interested in reading the rest of the series.
Wendy Hall
Having been fascinated by ancient Egypt and specifically King Tut since elementary school, I loved how this book seemed to transport me back there every time I picked it up to read. Developing and tying together numerous mysteries throughout the book,it was an intriguing read.
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Nick Drake was born in 1961. He lives and works in London. His first book-length collection, The Man in the White Suit (Bloodaxe Books, 1999), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1999, and was selected for the Next Generation Poets promotion in 2004. From The Word Go was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2007. His most recent projects include a ...more
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