Having enjoyed Aten's Last Queen, the first book in The Forgotten series, I anticipated the release of the second book quite eagerly, and I must say,Having enjoyed Aten's Last Queen, the first book in The Forgotten series, I anticipated the release of the second book quite eagerly, and I must say, disappointed I was not! The same magical blend of meticulously researched history presented with poignantly vivid, realistic story of real-life characters and their daily lives and struggles kept me glued to my Kindle this time as well. Merytaten, or Mayati to those who loved her, is the leading voice in this different take to the turbulent time when Pharaoh Akhenaten decided that one god, Aten, would be more than enough to keep Egypt and its people happy and safe. He goes about it in the typical way of a tyrant who expects his 'divine' word to be taken for granted, even if this word contradicts something as basic as people's religious beliefs. But his principal wife, wise and beautiful Nefertiti knows better. And so does Merytaten, his firstborn daughter and the prospected heir. Together they try to prevent the disaster Akhenaten's rule is turning into, struggling against terrible odds and unscrupulous, often outright immoral, forces, standing tall against betrayal and deceit. The story of Mayati is touching and often sad, beautiful in her human struggles and disappointments, her feelings strong, her beliefs firm and forceful. Often one wishes to hug her and help her along as much as one can, something the characters around her seem to reflect as well, those who love and care about her. A beautiful story and an amazing history lesson. Highly recommended! ...more
Two weeks spent in the 7th century Palenque and its surroundings left me craving for more. I could have read this book in a day or two, but I kept sloTwo weeks spent in the 7th century Palenque and its surroundings left me craving for more. I could have read this book in a day or two, but I kept slowing down because I simply didn't want this story to end. The complex politics, the Palace's intricate not to say devious intrigues, the daily life and its joys and hardships and mysteries, the three-dimensional characters with their private small dilemmas and choices and the big ones the life-changing decisions - all these and more made me feel as though I was there alongside those characters, liking some of them enormously, falling in love with ones, getting annoyed by the others, sympathizing with the rest. Three Rabbit, the main character and the most likable rascal one can wish to meet in a real life or literature alike, had my motherly feelings awoken most of the time. Not so with Siyah Ak'ab', the Queen's closest of advisers and a shady bureaucrat in a way, the head of Palenque KGB-like thing. But did I fall for this particular character, his witty no-bullsh*t attitude, his sarcastic humor, his unperturbed acceptance of facts of life and human nature, his kinder sides that he seemed to wish to hide desperately. By definition I should not have liked this character at all, and yet I managed to fall for him and hope to see more of him in the sequel that I sincerely hope will be coming soon. The Queen Sak K'uk managed to charm me as well, having somewhat similar qualities to her adviser - well, naturally, or she would have promoted someone else in his stead, with him having no aristocratic blood whatsoever. She was not a natural queen in herself, a highly noble person but not of royal family, having taken the throne after quite a bloody struggle and enough moons of civil war. Having taken nothing for granted, she made me like her and her no-bull attitude a great deal!
The Doctor, Lady Tz'unun and her equally noble-blood assistant Mu'yaal-of-a-long-name were as likable and I certainly wish to see them in the continued books, but not like Three Rabbit (and Yaxuun, preferably) or the aforementioned and much-lauded in this review Siyah Ak'ab' - those are my all time favorites for now.
Having read the rest of this author's books, I must say that I love the author's style, a mix of a wonderful storytelling in a well-researched historical setting that feels incredibly authentic, with the best of the Monty Python's humor/sarcasm that makes one understand and sympathize with the characters yet more intently. I certainly hope for the continuation of this story to come out soon. ...more
Like with the rest of Terry Tyler's novels, I could not put this one down, devouring it in barely a few days, wishing it was longer, or at least had aLike with the rest of Terry Tyler's novels, I could not put this one down, devouring it in barely a few days, wishing it was longer, or at least had a sequel to offer. Even though I had to admit that the ending was simply perfect, so very satisfying! Still, to part with the characters I grew to like, sympathize with, admire, or laugh at (yep, there was that one chick that made me roll my eyes more often than not) was difficult. Psychological thrillers are not my thing, and yet, in Tyler's hands it turned into yet another favorite read. Who was that serial killer who kept murdering prostitutes and sometimes just girls who were dressed provocatively enough? It could be anyone, just anyone, a regular bloke, a good well behaved citizen, dweller of this or that neighborhood, someone's husband, brother, friend, maybe even son. Through the eyes of the various suspecting family members, I had been taken on a journey of the discovery, sharing their anguished dilemmas, every new murder or finding fanning theirs - and my! - suspicions. An abusive husband of Juliet? A reclusive son of Dorothy who suddenly began keeping secrets from her? That fairly violent about-the-town friend of Steve? The over-suspicious classic teen Maisie's new stepfather? The attractive co-worker Jack from Tamsin's office, the one who spurns her but not before making a few mistakes? They are all suspect, all implicated with this or that line of suspected behavior; all unlikely, all possibilities. And as the story progresses and picks tempo, so do ours, readers' and protagonists', dilemmas. Who is the one? Familiar with this author's writing style, I came to expect everything unexpected, and yes, on this score, I wasn't surprised - indeed, all my guesses were dead wrong, and the avalanche of twists and turns and surprising revelations left me breathless, glued to my Kindle, unable to stop. I wish the author would write more novels in this genre as well as continue in her previous ones. I can never get enough of her books... ...more