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The Sun at Twilight

(Empire at Twilight #4)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In the twilight years of the Hittite Empire (1230s BC), Tudhaliya IV comes to the throne as a usurper's younger son, determined to rule according to the traditional values of justice and clemency, despite the harder advice of his ambitious mother and his questionably loyal older brothers. When his cousin Kurunta, with whom he was raised as someone dearer than a brother, de ...more
Kindle Edition, 478 pages
Published February 21st 2021 by WayBack Press
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Jenni Bishop
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes is a historical tale. The story is set in the Hittite Empire in the 1230s BC. NL is known for her historical stories which is her passion and that shines through in her stories. Fiction and historical facts is a winning combination that makes her stories come alive to give you an intriguing drama filled story each and every time.

Tudhaliya is conflicted between his duty and his friendship and loyalty to family. Who can he trust and li
Roxsanne Lesieur
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the next installment of the Empire At Twilight series and it focuses on Tashmi-sharrumma, his father has died and he has now been chosen to be the next Great King Tudhaliya IV and as he grieves, he is also wondering how he will be able to take on the mantle of king and worrying that he might not be enough of anything to do it, especially with the family’s questionable allegiances and loyalties he is surrounded with. He does find comfort in his cousin Kurunta, he has since they were boys, ...more
Billy Buttons
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
16th April 2021
TITLE: The Sun at Twilight
AUTHOR: N L Holmes
Star Rating: 5

‘An historical world brought to life in this superbly crafted novel. Highly recommended!’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

Let me begin by saying how much I enjoyed this historical novel by N L Holmes. Although it’s the fourth book in the Empire at Twilight set, I had no problems getting a handle on the plot, characters or historical setting. Not only that, it’s also very well written. The autho
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is another gripping and engaging historical fiction novel by N.L. Holmes in her ‘Empire at Twilight’ series. This is obviously a well researched novel and it is wonderfully written in a way which brings the time period and setting alive for the reader. I found the historical notes at the beginning of the book fascinating and the map, cast of characters and the glossary and terms of Gods were very helpful and I did refer back to them whilst reading. Set during the twilight years of the Hitti ...more
Tausha Treadway
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes. I have absolutely loved this series which shocks me because this is not my favorite genre. I have loved every book a little more than the one before. This one was just as amazing as the others. This one takes place during the Hittite Empire and where Tudhaliya IV is the ruler and he wants to shake things up a bit. He doesn't want to listen to the Royal Advisors and wants to take the Kingdom in an entirely different direction. He see ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I would like to say that I took my time and relished the reading of The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes. Unfortunately I cannot say that. I read it from start to finish in one sitting. I can't help it, I love these books. They are so well written, the language is beautiful, the story is deep, and this one was especially  significant to me. I could so relate to  King Tudhaliya.Brought up to believe that integrity was important, that honesty was important, that justice w ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes

The Sun at Twilight is the fourth book in The Empire at Twilight Series by N.L Holmes. This is a wonderfully written Historical fiction that I freaking loved reading. I’m a huge fan of anything Historical and this author is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The style of writing and attention to detail simply blows me away. From the beginning to the end I had a hard time putting it down. Not much else got done until I finish
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m really getting into N.L. Holmes’ books and The Sun at Twilight is another fantastic read! It’s the fourth in the Empire at Twilight series – set in the 13th Century BCE near the end of the Hittite Empire. The books focus on different characters during this period – in this case, it is the King Tudhaliya IV.
As I’ve said before, N.L. Holmes does a fantastic job of bringing historical worlds to life. She draws on historical evidence to inform the stories and their settings, creating vivid pictu
Katie Kearney
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4)
By N.L. Holmes. This author is quickly becoming one of my top faves. Definitely one of the authors that has me enjoying reads outside my comfort zone. And this one was just as great as past reads. I recommend this entire series but this one may have been my favorite. It just captured me in a different way than the rest but they are really great also. The author takes readers on an adventure you can’t forget. The characters are complex and drew me in
Kerry  carr
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the Empire At Twilight series and the books keep getting better. What I love about this author is how they are able to bring history to life. The stories are enjoyable to read and the author knowledge about historical times really brings the story and characters to life.

Tudhaliya IV has taken the throne of the Hittite Empire after his father passes away. He is placed in that position over all of his older half brothers and he wonders why.

Knowing that it isn't his rightf
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Holmes has delivered another quality story in the "Empire at Twilight" series. This historical fiction takes us to the later years of the Hittite Empire (approximately 1230 CBC). Here we find Tudhaliya IV as a ruler who wants to lead his kingdom in the traditional ways of the previous rulers. Tudhaliya is in conflict with the royal advisors who try to steer both the ruler and the kingdom in a different direction. The difference between Tudhaliya's more forgiving ways is juxtaposed against the ha ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the four book in the series. Yet again excellent description throughout. Is an very enjoyable read. The story is nicely paced and not rushed where you can feel the time go by and not at the same time. The characters are really well written
I really like Kurunta. Who will rule the empire is the major question.
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Sun at Twilight by NL Holmes is the fourth book in the Empire at Twilight series. This is a fantastic series and this book does not disappoint. The story is set during the Hittite Empire during the reign of Tudhaliya IV. The challenges to the throne and other issues have him questioning how he is to rule the Empire, fair and just or with an iron fist. I really have enjoyed this series and this book is wonderful as well. I feel myself drawn into the stories and wanting to know the story takin ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in this series which I enjoyed from beginning to end. I highly suggest reading the previous three books as they are just as great as this one. This is an author I enjoy. Her writing skills and attention to details made the story realistic. The characters bring the story to life and kept the story engaging. This is a story of friendship, family and sacrifice. There is a fight for a thorn and for an empire that is free. I had no issues relating to the characters. They reall ...more
Mandy Kim
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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5/5 Stars

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4) by N.L. Holmes

This is another great read by Holmes. She writes Historical Fiction and knows how to keep the readers coming back. Book Four of the Empire at Twilight Series, but can be read as a standalone.

Tudhaliya is next in line for king, but when his best friend comes into take over things go bad. He doesn't know what to do. He wants to be King but he also doesn't want to lose the friendship. The quote I chose for Tudhaliya is: “Why, no. Wh
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this series so far and am sticking it through to the end. Ms. N.L. Holmes knows how to make history fun and exciting. This series does just that. This book was no different but it delves deeper into relationships which I enjoyed. So, thanks for writing this as I enjoyed it so much. Brava!!
Erica Fish
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sun at Twilight is the fourth book and I have enjoyed it just as much as the first three books. The Empire at Twilight series is a great series to read. I highly recommend reading the first three books to get the full background of this book. I love the historical time frame that this is written in. Attention to detail is so important. I was able to paint a picture in my mind’s eye and be drawn into this book with these wonderful characters. The characters are fully developed and complex in ...more
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

The Sun at Twilight is the fourth book in the Empire at Twilight series by N.L Holmes. As with the rest of the series, this is an historical crime story- full of rich and descriptive details which bring the story to life.
As I have discovered from reading most of Ms. Holmes’ other works, is that historical fiction is what she does best- her extensive knowledge of her subject adds realism and interest to her stories. And the authors obvious passion for history is not only evident in her wo
Kerry Baker
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sun At Twilight by N.L. Holmes is the fourth book in the Empire at Twilight series. This is another well written and detailed story by an author who really knows how to create a vivid story. I was pulled right into this story simply from the way the author created it. It felt like it was right there with Tudhaliya and could feel his anguish and conflict. I was interested the whole way through as to what he would do. This book is really all about the characters. They are at the absolute heart ...more
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes
4 Stars!!!!

I was once again take into the historical world and lost in intrigue and drama. This is the fourth book by this author that I have read and was not disappointed. I really like how the author is able to bring the past to life and the characters just come right off of the page. I like how the complex relationships are outlined and how the story unwinds.

The characters all have very complex lives and they really draw the reade
Ember Daley
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Five. Big. Golden. Stars. This series has had me by my pants since book one, and The Sun at Twilight was so worth the wait. I never thought I’d honestly enjoythis series beyond the first book, but here I am. The family drama definitely adds that spice you’d expect with someone other than the deserving person claiming a throne. Being the first review, I really don’t want to spoil anything. Would 10/10 recommend this one.
Heather Lovelace
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holmes is an extremely gifted author. Her attention to detail is so superior that the reader cannot help but wonder if they have not in fact time traveler. The imagery and setting are so vivid it is sometimes difficult not to feel completely immersed. I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt and love this exploration of a time and place that has always seemed so rich in history so different from my own. Another masterpiece.
Heidi Schoolman
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Empire at Twilight series and is 477 pages. This story follows Tudhaliya and Kurunta. Tudhaliya has reached his time to take the throne and he vows to rule with tradition. Kurunta is the cousin that grew up with Tudhaliya and feels he deserves the throne more. Tudhaliya’s advisors let him know his way of ruling makes him appear weak. This is what leads Kurunta to challenge the throne. Will he choose his friendship and family or his duty?
Elizabeth Chapman Gough
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the first in this series that I have read and I'm now left wanting to read the others. An enjoyable, captivating read I was gripped from chapter to chapter wanting to know what was coming next in the story of the Hatti Land's Great King. The plot was well thought out, evenly paced and easy to follow whilst still keeping my interest. An action packed yet emotional read I found myself getting caught up in the story and was a tad sad when I realized I had come to the end of the story.
This b
Jennifer Wolbeck
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my second read from the Empire at Twilight series, and while I have praised N.L. Holmes plenty enough in the past for her immersive world building, fluid writing style and interesting characters, I've realized that one of my favorite things about her is her choice of subject. I adore historical fiction, but this is my first time reading about the Hittite Empire from the 1230's BC. What fascinated me the most were the parallels I found between Tudhaliya IV and King Edward IV of England fr ...more
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N.L. Holmes is the pen name of a professional archaeologist who received her doctorate from Bryn Mawr College. She has excavated in Greece and in Israel, and taught ancient history and humanities at the university level for many years. She has always had a passion for books, and in childhood, she and her cousin (also a writer today) used to write stories for fun.

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