This future she knows for certain—the great sun city will be her undoing.
Amidst a power struggle between Pharaoh and the priesthood of Amun, Queen Nefertiti helps the ill-prepared new Pharaoh, Amenhotep, enact his father’s plan to regain power for the throne. But what seemed a difficult task only becomes more grueling when Amenhotep loses himself in his radical obsessions.
Standing alone to bear the burden of a failing country and stem the tide of a growing rebellion, Nefertiti must choose between her love for Pharaoh and her duty to Egypt in this dramatic retelling of a story forgotten by time.
Salvation in the Sun by Lauren Lee Merewether is a breathtaking historical fiction novel that sends its readers back in time to walk beside one of the most renowned historical figures of all time…Queen Nefertiti. The reader will be taken back in time during this period as Queen Nefertiti tries to govern both her heart and take back power for her Pharaoh. Salvation in the Sun is a thrilling journey from start to finish, and the exceptional author Lauren Lee Meriwether captivated me fully, I couldn’t get enough even knowing the history of how this will end and it ensured I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I was enthralled by the strength Nefertiti had to show time and again solely hoisting her heavy burdens and leading a nation on the brink of ruin. It made for a stellar read, one that I would recommend to all readers!
A powerful struggle is raging between susceptible Pharaoh Amenhotep and the priesthood of Amun. Nefertiti must help her love, the new pharaoh, to accomplish his father’s plan to restore power and influence to the throne. Nefertiti’s arduous burden becomes nearly impossible when Amenhotep succumbs to his zealous obsessions.
Nefertiti, along with the weight of a withering country, must quell a rising rebellion and face the most strenuous decision of her life. She must choose between her love for Pharaoh and her obligation to Egypt. In an uncertain world during an uncertain time, one thing is certain, the vast Sun City will be her demise.
Salvation in the Sun by Lauren Lee Merewether eloquently weaves together the life of Queen Nefertiti. We are taken side by side with Nefertiti on her exacting journey from childhood, through her arranged marriage to Amenhotep, and the struggles of trying to run a failing country while stopping a rebellion and seizing power for the throne from the priesthood of Amun. From the moment I laid my eyes on the cover of Salvation in the Sun, I was enamored! Lauren Lee Merewether draws us in with astounding characterization, a mesmerizing storyline, and beautifully crafted detailing that transcends beyond the printed word.
Lauren Lee Merewether flawlessly brings Ancient Egypt back to life in extraordinary detail, but she doesn’t stop there, she immerses us fully in the idiosyncrasies and culture of the Ancient Egyptian world. I found myself both compelled forward and forever enveloped in the resplendent and alluring narrative that Lauren Lee Merewether has created! I was completely engaged in the struggles Nefertiti overcame for her love of her Pharaoh and her duty to Egypt from the very beginning! It is no small task to resurrect an ancient ruler, nearly entombed by the sands of time, yet Lauren Lee Merewether does so with ease using her ingenious imagination and astonishing research to create relatable characters we immediately connect with as readers on a visceral level which boasts to what an exceptionally talented and noteworthy author she is!
Salvation in the Sun by Lauren Lee Merewether is a masterpiece recreation of the life and world surrounding Nefertiti that will thrill and amaze any reader! Lauren Lee Merewether takes Salvation in the Sun beyond the average historical fiction novel, she fills us, readers, with droves of historically accurate information down to the subtle nuances of the time and people in electrifying and entertaining fashion. I reveled in the beauty and splendor of Ancient Egypt all while on the edge of my seat as Nefertiti took on the weight of the world! Salvation in the Sun by Lauren Lee Merewether is a phenomenal piece of literature I couldn’t help but fall in love with immensely, so of course, I have to award Salvation in the Sun five stars!
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