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In the heart of Egypt, Under the watchful eye of the Gods, A new power is rising . . . In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Ipse In the heart of Egypt, Under the watchful eye of the Gods, A new power is rising . . . In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Ipsetnofret, and Hui's own brother Qen, orchestrate the downfall of Hui's father, condemning Hui and seizing power in the city. Cast out and alone, Hui finds himself a captive of a skilled and powerful army of outlaws, the Hyksos. Determined to seek vengeance for the death of his father and rescue his sister, Ipwet, Hui swears his allegiance to these enemies of Egypt. Through them he learns the art of war, learning how to fight and becoming an envied charioteer. But soon Hui finds himself in an even greater battle - one for the very heart of Egypt itself. As the pieces fall into place and the Gods themselves join the fray, Hui finds himself fighting alongside the Egyptian General Tanus and renowned Mage, Taita. Now Hui must choose his path - will he be a hero in the old world, or a master in a new kingdom?


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In the heart of Egypt, Under the watchful eye of the Gods, A new power is rising . . . In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Ipse In the heart of Egypt, Under the watchful eye of the Gods, A new power is rising . . . In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Ipsetnofret, and Hui's own brother Qen, orchestrate the downfall of Hui's father, condemning Hui and seizing power in the city. Cast out and alone, Hui finds himself a captive of a skilled and powerful army of outlaws, the Hyksos. Determined to seek vengeance for the death of his father and rescue his sister, Ipwet, Hui swears his allegiance to these enemies of Egypt. Through them he learns the art of war, learning how to fight and becoming an envied charioteer. But soon Hui finds himself in an even greater battle - one for the very heart of Egypt itself. As the pieces fall into place and the Gods themselves join the fray, Hui finds himself fighting alongside the Egyptian General Tanus and renowned Mage, Taita. Now Hui must choose his path - will he be a hero in the old world, or a master in a new kingdom?

30 review for The New Kingdom

  1. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    The New Kingdom is the author’s seventh novel in his The Egyptian Series. This being the case, some readers may want to defer reading this novel until the other six prior novels are read. However, I found that The New Kingdom could be read as a standalone, albeit there was a soft ending — not conclusive, but not open ended. The characters are varied and many. There are more than a dozen actors in this novel. And for me, that was probably too many to fully grasp each player’s personality and their The New Kingdom is the author’s seventh novel in his The Egyptian Series. This being the case, some readers may want to defer reading this novel until the other six prior novels are read. However, I found that The New Kingdom could be read as a standalone, albeit there was a soft ending — not conclusive, but not open ended. The characters are varied and many. There are more than a dozen actors in this novel. And for me, that was probably too many to fully grasp each player’s personality and their place in the narrative. Perhaps the character development started with Smith’s first novel, River God. And I probably need to read the first novel to fully appreciate the seventh novel in this series. However, there are a few characters that stood out for me. Hui, the main protagonist, Khyan who took Hui under his wing, and Fareed, a tracker that stood by Hui through thick and thin. Nevertheless, Hui by far stood out for his perseverance, bravery and courage. The world-building was a little lax and this too probably has to do with not reading the first novel in the series. However, there is enough information to get a feel for the era, the cities, townships, and weaponry. The New Kingdom is an enjoyable read. Especially if the reader enjoys ancient Egyptian history. I found The New Kingdom absorbing, but I wanted more excitement, and mystery. At 432 pages, it wasn’t a slog to read, but there were some dips in the pacing of the novel. Still a four adventurous star read. I received a physical ARC from Bonnier Zaffre through the Bookish First Raffle. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I would give this a 3.5 so I rounded up for reviews. I really love Egyptian history and mythology, so I was excited for this one. I think he adventure parts were well done, but there wasn’t much beyond the adventure scenes which made it lack substance for me. I did like the mythology woven into the story. The main character Hui had potential, but I felt like there wasn’t enough character development. Hui, his brother Qen, and their good from Kyky start off this book on an adventure looking for t I would give this a 3.5 so I rounded up for reviews. I really love Egyptian history and mythology, so I was excited for this one. I think he adventure parts were well done, but there wasn’t much beyond the adventure scenes which made it lack substance for me. I did like the mythology woven into the story. The main character Hui had potential, but I felt like there wasn’t enough character development. Hui, his brother Qen, and their good from Kyky start off this book on an adventure looking for the Ka Stone for the glory of Egypt. This adventure starts Hui on a path he could have never have imagined full of surprises, hardship, and adventure. I did find a lot of the plot pretty predictable, but the story moved along at a good speed and it was very adventurous. I haven’t read the rest of this series and I did not think that I was missing anything because of that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aniruddha M

    Book No. 7 of the Ancient Egypt series – The New Kingdom. Hui, the younger son of Khawy, Governor of Lahun, is a precocious teenager. One night, Hui, his elder brother Qen and friend Kyky slip into the camp of the Shrikes, a brutal band of pillagers, to steal the Ka Stone. It is known to be the source of unimaginable power and prestige for its owner. But what follows is great tragedy and Hui is blamed for it. But he escapes into the wild to take up the Shrikes and then the Hyksos. His only aim i Book No. 7 of the Ancient Egypt series – The New Kingdom. Hui, the younger son of Khawy, Governor of Lahun, is a precocious teenager. One night, Hui, his elder brother Qen and friend Kyky slip into the camp of the Shrikes, a brutal band of pillagers, to steal the Ka Stone. It is known to be the source of unimaginable power and prestige for its owner. But what follows is great tragedy and Hui is blamed for it. But he escapes into the wild to take up the Shrikes and then the Hyksos. His only aim is to return one day to Lahun, clear his name and reclaim lost glory. Through a series of adventures, Hui lands up with General Tanus and his wizened old advisor, the mage Taita. Hui by now has learnt the art of warfare, charioteering and horsemanship. He’s proved himself invaluable to Tanus, will he be able to return to Lahun to his rightful place? Please read my detailed review from the link below: https://www.aniblogshere.com/book-rev... Do Read, Like, Comment or Share #wilbursmith #egyptianseries #adventure #bookreview #bookreviews #booklovers #thrillers #books #bookrecommendations #suspense #mystery #adventurebooks #taita #historicalfiction

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ky

    I feel like this book would be great for action movie lovers. Those who don't need much plot or character details, but who love non-stop movement and action... and not much else. I felt that a lot of the book was Hui jumping from group to group, and making really base level relationships that come into play not very satisfyingly or clever later on. The beginning of the book really hyped the Ka Stone, but I felt never really capitalized on what it was or could do or anything at all. Hui was kind o I feel like this book would be great for action movie lovers. Those who don't need much plot or character details, but who love non-stop movement and action... and not much else. I felt that a lot of the book was Hui jumping from group to group, and making really base level relationships that come into play not very satisfyingly or clever later on. The beginning of the book really hyped the Ka Stone, but I felt never really capitalized on what it was or could do or anything at all. Hui was kind of bland as a character, too. There wasn't really anything that made him interesting or relatable, and really the only thing that made him likable was his "goodness/loyalty". Overall this book left me wanting, and I found myself just trying to get through it towards the end so I could move on to something else. (TW: mother-son incest, multiple instances of rape)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Renee (The B-Roll)

    I love ancient Egyptian mythology and when I saw what this book was about I was instantly interested in it and in seeing what happens in the story. I absolutely loved the way that in this book there is so much happening but it still all fits within the storyline and ends up being such a fun and interesting plot. Something that really struck me about this book was how much action goes on in this book without it being too bogged down or boring. I will not give away any important information, but t I love ancient Egyptian mythology and when I saw what this book was about I was instantly interested in it and in seeing what happens in the story. I absolutely loved the way that in this book there is so much happening but it still all fits within the storyline and ends up being such a fun and interesting plot. Something that really struck me about this book was how much action goes on in this book without it being too bogged down or boring. I will not give away any important information, but the ending of this book is fantastic! Along with this, we get to meet some fascinating characters in this book, explore the heart of Ancient Egyptian culture, and even meet a few of the gods that ruled the world then. This, being a work of fiction, blends so seamlessly and really is a fun and interesting read that will have you wondering what will happen all the way to the end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joe Hilley

    Received and ARC of this book from the publisher. Wow! Elegant prose. Pitch-perfect dialogue. Adventure right from the start. You'll wish you had written it. Received and ARC of this book from the publisher. Wow! Elegant prose. Pitch-perfect dialogue. Adventure right from the start. You'll wish you had written it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Exotic, exciting, riveting and steeped in History. A tale of Ancient Egypt, of pharaohs and slaves and a city called Lahun where Hui lives with his father, his stepmother Ipsetnofret, his brother Qen and his sister Ipwet. He is favored by his father and is expected to take over the govern ship when his father is gone . Ipsetnofret, his stepmother, is jealous and wants her son Qen to be in favor. She is a sorceress and she orchestrates the death of Hui's father so Qen can be in charge making it l Exotic, exciting, riveting and steeped in History. A tale of Ancient Egypt, of pharaohs and slaves and a city called Lahun where Hui lives with his father, his stepmother Ipsetnofret, his brother Qen and his sister Ipwet. He is favored by his father and is expected to take over the govern ship when his father is gone . Ipsetnofret, his stepmother, is jealous and wants her son Qen to be in favor. She is a sorceress and she orchestrates the death of Hui's father so Qen can be in charge making it look like Hui is the murderer of his own father. With his sister Ipwet's help he escapes with his life and vows revenge upon his mother and brother. The story follows Hui's travels among the Hyksos Warriors, the Shrike bandits, the armies of the Red Pretender and finally the Pharoah's Army. It takes us to battle grounds, the banks of the Nile, cities and the desert sands. We see the lives of the slaves, the beggars, the wealthy, and the royals. We visit so many exotic places as we read and learn of the long lost customs and beliefs. I always feel like I have been on an adventure when I read one of Wilbur Smith's books. They always take me away to some far away land. I really enjoyed reading the book and I would recommend it. Thanks to Wilbur Smith, Bonnier Zaffre USA, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy of the book for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Mom

    A great book as far as historical accuracy and research of a certain time period of Egypt. Obviously lots of work went into that and building the foundation of a great adventure. I’ve loved that Egyptian era ever since reading The Egypt Game as a child so this kept my interest. The story itself is also very thrilling and the main character, Hui, has great depth and character development. I think part of the reason the book is so thrilling is that Hui is constantly in position of potential death A great book as far as historical accuracy and research of a certain time period of Egypt. Obviously lots of work went into that and building the foundation of a great adventure. I’ve loved that Egyptian era ever since reading The Egypt Game as a child so this kept my interest. The story itself is also very thrilling and the main character, Hui, has great depth and character development. I think part of the reason the book is so thrilling is that Hui is constantly in position of potential death but always seems to bounce back. Sometimes that can get a little old to me. Combine that with descriptive incest and it becomes something extremely off putting to me. It could have been a DNF but wanted to see what happened! However, the book is very well written, flows nicely, and is historically based. A thrilling read! I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy. TW- Incest mother/son

  9. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So this book sounded like something that would be really fun and interesting. I love learning about ancient Egypt and the first few chapters grabbed my attention. From there things went down hill for me. Our main character, Hui, is so beyond clueless. We start off with him hatching a plot to steal the kaa stone, a magical stone that will bring whoever owns it wealth and power. Things go south, of course and his brother Qen, ends up throwing their other friend to an angry horde of bandits to save So this book sounded like something that would be really fun and interesting. I love learning about ancient Egypt and the first few chapters grabbed my attention. From there things went down hill for me. Our main character, Hui, is so beyond clueless. We start off with him hatching a plot to steal the kaa stone, a magical stone that will bring whoever owns it wealth and power. Things go south, of course and his brother Qen, ends up throwing their other friend to an angry horde of bandits to save his own ass. They get away with the stone though and bring it home to their father who plans to give it to the Pharoah, who will in turn showed their town with wealth. Hui also witnesses a disturbing ritual between Qen and his stepmother.. that gives him big creepy vibes. It becomes obvious that his brother and step mother are no good, but Hui is too dumb to realize it until its much too late and they have murdered his father and framed him for the murder. Hui becomes an outlaw on the run and must learn to survive on his own. The plot was good, it's the style of writing that I didn't like. There was so much action but the writing style and the dialogue between the characters was so monotone that it was kindof boring. I also felt that the characters had no voice or personality, it was hard to follow who was saying what because they all sounded the same. So while I'm sure some people will love this story, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Penny lurkykitty

    I read the first two books Wilbur Smith's first Egyptian series many years ago and enjoyed them. The New Kingdom is the origin story of Hui, a side character in the main series. Hui is the privileged son of the governor of the city of Luhan in Ancient Egypt. After a power struggle in which his stepmother and brother seize control of the city, Hui flees as a fugitive and must live by his wits to survive. He is captured by, and lives among, bands of bandits and outlaws, acquiring skills and streng I read the first two books Wilbur Smith's first Egyptian series many years ago and enjoyed them. The New Kingdom is the origin story of Hui, a side character in the main series. Hui is the privileged son of the governor of the city of Luhan in Ancient Egypt. After a power struggle in which his stepmother and brother seize control of the city, Hui flees as a fugitive and must live by his wits to survive. He is captured by, and lives among, bands of bandits and outlaws, acquiring skills and strength along the way. He eventually becomes a respected soldier in the Egyptian army but his overarching goal is revenge against his stepmother. I enjoyed the details about life, culture and religion in Ancient Egypt, which I've always found fascinating. The New Kingdom was evidently well-researched. There could have been more character development, especially with the two female characters Ipwet and Ahura. There was so much potential for these women. The action and adventure are non-stop and the book compelling, enjoyable, and hard to put down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Taylor

    The New Kingdom is a historical fiction novel set in Ancient Egypt. The story follows Hui, the favored son of an Egyptian Official. Hui, along with best friend KyKy and brother Qen, set off to steal the Ka Stone, a stone rumored to have mystical properties. Hui feels the stone will bring them fortune and fame. Things take a very wrong turn when they are caught in the Shrikes camp (a blood thirsty army of bandits) and Qen sacrifices Kyky's life to save his own. As the two brothers escape with the The New Kingdom is a historical fiction novel set in Ancient Egypt. The story follows Hui, the favored son of an Egyptian Official. Hui, along with best friend KyKy and brother Qen, set off to steal the Ka Stone, a stone rumored to have mystical properties. Hui feels the stone will bring them fortune and fame. Things take a very wrong turn when they are caught in the Shrikes camp (a blood thirsty army of bandits) and Qen sacrifices Kyky's life to save his own. As the two brothers escape with the stone Hui knows things between them will never be the same. On return to the city Hui quickly discovers the jealousy and hatred felt by his brother. Hui's father is murdered and Hui is accused and condemned to death with the help of evidence brought forth by his own brother. Hui escapes his imprisonment and sets out to avenge his father's death. I enjoyed this story enough to keep reading to the end. However historical fiction is not my genre by any means. This was a good story and good writing but it did feel drawn out and a bit redundant. That being said, I know historical fiction readers will love the story so I can comfortably give it 3 stars. Btw, I read this book without knowing it's part of a series. Easily can be read as a standalone although it feels like there will be a sequel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    I didn't read any Wilbur Smith's book set in Ancient Egypt and this was my first one. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it's a gripping and highly entertaining story, a page turner that kept me reading. Mr Smith is a master storyteller and the plot flows without any hiccup or dragging. The historical background is vivid and well researched, the characters fleshed out and lively. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine I didn't read any Wilbur Smith's book set in Ancient Egypt and this was my first one. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it's a gripping and highly entertaining story, a page turner that kept me reading. Mr Smith is a master storyteller and the plot flows without any hiccup or dragging. The historical background is vivid and well researched, the characters fleshed out and lively. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Bringing the ancient and mystical land of Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs alive with a semblance of authenticity and a story to engage the reader is no mean feat. I saw the title on this one and then read the blurb. I was compelled to read it and hopefully discover a new to me author who could bring to life an ancient land and its people. My full review will post at Books of My Heart blog on Dec. 12th.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Quin Stagman

    I wasn't sure what to think when I picked up this book- Ancient Egypt? Yes, please. Ancient Egypt and Wilbur Smith? Yes, NOW please! Ancient Egypt, Wilbur Smith.....not Taita? Umm. I mean, can I think about it? Turns out there's no need. This book is the natural successor (more of a companion according to the timeline) to the world of River God and we even see some old familiar faces. Much like Taita, Hui manages to be a part of every important happening in his world and, also like Taita, become I wasn't sure what to think when I picked up this book- Ancient Egypt? Yes, please. Ancient Egypt and Wilbur Smith? Yes, NOW please! Ancient Egypt, Wilbur Smith.....not Taita? Umm. I mean, can I think about it? Turns out there's no need. This book is the natural successor (more of a companion according to the timeline) to the world of River God and we even see some old familiar faces. Much like Taita, Hui manages to be a part of every important happening in his world and, also like Taita, becomes a pivotal figure in the events that follow. We join Hui as he enters the lion's den of desert marauders known as The Shrikes, joins the ranks of the Hyksos, confronts the Cult of Seth and navigates his way through both the treacherous waters of the Nile and Pharoah's court. A different perspective on the world (and events) of River God turns out to be an excellent thing and I look forward to seeing Hui again. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me access to an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Isetnofret, and Hui's own brother Qen, orchestrate the downfall of Hui's father, condemning Hui and seizing power in the city. Cast out and alone, Hui finds himself a captive of a skilled and powerful army of outl In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Isetnofret, and Hui's own brother Qen, orchestrate the downfall of Hui's father, condemning Hui and seizing power in the city. Cast out and alone, Hui finds himself a captive of a skilled and powerful army of outlaws, the Hyksos. Determined to seek vengeance for the death of his father and rescue his sister, Ipwet, Hui swears his allegiance to these enemies of Egypt. Through them he learns the art of war, learning how to fight and becoming an envied charioteer. But soon Hui finds himself in an even greater battle - one for the very heart of Egypt itself. As the pieces fall into place and the Gods themselves join the fray, Hui finds himself fighting alongside the Egyptian General Tanus and renowned Mage, Taita. Another well written page turner from the author. Once again I was carried way to Ancient Egypt & once again once I’d started the book I couldn’t put it down. Wonderful characters, some new & some old friends, a story that starts at a fast pace, it drew me in from start to finish. Another winner My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nichole Taggart

    In the beginning of this book I was grabbed hook line and sinker. All the talk of ancient Egypt, the Egyptian mythology; it all had me super hyped and pumped to continue reading. But as the story went on it kind of lost interest as the main character seems to be lacking. The overall plot is very good and the plot alone had me reading on to find out what happens. But, there was not one character I found myself relating to or at the very least finding likable. This authors writing style seemed to In the beginning of this book I was grabbed hook line and sinker. All the talk of ancient Egypt, the Egyptian mythology; it all had me super hyped and pumped to continue reading. But as the story went on it kind of lost interest as the main character seems to be lacking. The overall plot is very good and the plot alone had me reading on to find out what happens. But, there was not one character I found myself relating to or at the very least finding likable. This authors writing style seemed to go in too many different directions and making it hard to really want to remain focused. I am very certain that many will absolutely love this book. And I give it an overall 3.5 which is not bad on my rating scale. But, the prose really left me wanting more. I would have also loved more Egyptian mythology throughout. Overall the book was just okay. Not bad in any real sense, just not my cuppa if you know what I mean. I do hope those who find this style enjoyable find this book and follow everything the author does. As the author is quite a talented story teller.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    WILBUR SMITH IS THE REASON I CANNOT LOOK AT A JAR OF PICKLE EVER AGAIN ... READ "THOSE IN PERIL" TO UNDERSTAND WHY... Date reviewed/posted: June 2, 2021 Publication date: September 7, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it WILBUR SMITH IS THE REASON I CANNOT LOOK AT A JAR OF PICKLE EVER AGAIN ... READ "THOSE IN PERIL" TO UNDERSTAND WHY... Date reviewed/posted: June 2, 2021 Publication date: September 7, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle.! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. In the heart of Egypt, Under the watchful eye of the Gods, A new power is rising . . . In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades, a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Ipsetnofret, and Hui's own brother Qen, orchestrate the downfall of Hui's father, condemning Hui and seizing power in the city. Cast out and alone, Hui finds himself a captive of a skilled and powerful army of outlaws, the Hyksos. Determined to seek vengeance for the death of his father and rescue his sister, Ipwet, Hui swears his allegiance to these enemies of Egypt. Through them he learns the art of war, learning how to fight and becoming an envied charioteer. But soon Hui finds himself in an even greater battle - one for the very heart of Egypt itself. As the pieces fall into place and the Gods themselves join the fray, Hui finds himself fighting alongside the Egyptian General Tanus and renowned Mage, Taita. Now Hui must choose his path - will he be a hero in the old world or a master in a new kingdom? I LOVE this series of books - I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was younger but lost my love for it when I realized I would have to get a Ph.D. and spend all my time either teaching or outside in the blazing heat...I almost melted when I was in Egypt in March and my fellow students were in long sleeves as it was "winter". The history is well presented and researched and it was written in an engaging and enjoyable style. I know many people who would adore this book and I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books down by the Thames! (and since this is the 7th in a series, I will recommend them all!!!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🦁 🦁 🦁 🦁 🦁 (the closest I could come to a sphinx!) p.s. I like the mock-up cover more than this finalized...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. It was a fantastic read but not exactly what I expected. I was looking forward to an Egyptian adventure and instead I was thrown into Egyptian battles for conquest. Spoiler Free Hui is the favored son of his father and despised by his step mother Isetnofret. He is close to his sister Ipwet and he thinks he and his brother Qen are partners in crime. What he doesn't know is that Qen's heart has been blackened by lies he has been fed his entire life. I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. It was a fantastic read but not exactly what I expected. I was looking forward to an Egyptian adventure and instead I was thrown into Egyptian battles for conquest. Spoiler Free Hui is the favored son of his father and despised by his step mother Isetnofret. He is close to his sister Ipwet and he thinks he and his brother Qen are partners in crime. What he doesn't know is that Qen's heart has been blackened by lies he has been fed his entire life. Thinking that together he and Qen will some day rule together and cause all the trouble they want, Hui is blind to the plot brewing right under his nose. Accused of a heinous crime and sentenced harshly, Hui goes on a crazy adventure that lands him captive and enslaved by many. Fighting for his life, battle to battle, he lies, cheats, sneaks his way to the ultimate prize he wants. Justice. For whom? at first it is very clear and then justice turns to revenge and those he wants to unleash it upon become entangled in his schemes. Throughout the book there are conquest battles, invasions, escapes, massive battles with bloodshed but very little story telling. The plot is good and Hui's journey is well written. However I felt there was a lack of story telling. Yes the Egyptian mythology and history about the different Gods was great but their only purpose throughout he book was for either worship or being called upon before a big fight. I would have preferred there be less fighting ad action and more about Hui's adventures and encounters as he travels across the deserts. There was also very little magic and I think it would have given the book what is missing. If you are looking for a very fast paced fight to the death and conquer all this is for you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brinley

    DNF at 19% I really wanted to love this one, but I was wary of it from the beginning. It was a deviation from the genres I typically read, which may have been why this failed so badly. I wasn't invested in it at all, and I found myself reading just to read, not because I was actually enjoying the content. I think my main problem with this has to be the choppiness. There was no flow in between events, stuff just happened. From the very first page, stuff is happening with very little explanation. I DNF at 19% I really wanted to love this one, but I was wary of it from the beginning. It was a deviation from the genres I typically read, which may have been why this failed so badly. I wasn't invested in it at all, and I found myself reading just to read, not because I was actually enjoying the content. I think my main problem with this has to be the choppiness. There was no flow in between events, stuff just happened. From the very first page, stuff is happening with very little explanation. I never connected with the plot, and I barely understood what was even happening. This is a minor spoiler, but considering it was part of the reason I gave up on this, I feel like it has to be mentioned. Around 50 pages in, there's already a detailed incestuous coupling. I didn't care what part this had to play with the rest of the story, it wasn't something I was interested in reading more of. This was my first book in this series, and considering I couldn't even get through it, I don't think I'll be picking up the rest. Thanks to BookishFirst for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Knott

    Not my type of book. I really, really wanted to love this book. I like learning about history/ the past and i don't know much about ancient Egypt, so i was very excited to start reading. The beginning was pretty confusing because the author gave very little context on what was happening. It got better as the story continued though, i will say that. I found some portions to be very interesting. I really enjoyed several scenes and i liked some of the characters, but that wasn't enough for me to love Not my type of book. I really, really wanted to love this book. I like learning about history/ the past and i don't know much about ancient Egypt, so i was very excited to start reading. The beginning was pretty confusing because the author gave very little context on what was happening. It got better as the story continued though, i will say that. I found some portions to be very interesting. I really enjoyed several scenes and i liked some of the characters, but that wasn't enough for me to love this book. i kept hoping I'd start to love the story, but i really didn't. To be honest i found many parts to be quite dull. Something that i really didn't like was the author's writing style. In my opinion, it made the story very boring at some parts and just dragged the story down. Overall, not a terrible book, just not for me. Thanks to bookish first for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    TheBookMavenJoy

    The Book Maven’s Journal Reviews for Word Connoisseurs REVIEWER Joy Hunt STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ BOOK: The New Kingdom AUTHOR: Wilbur Smith with Mark Chadbourn PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster RELEASE DATE: September 7, 2021 PAGES: ePub Edition 432 pages GENRE: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Adventure SOURCE: Advance Review Copy (Book Cover May Change Before Publication Release Date) Coming Soon… The New Kingdom by Wilbur Smith and Mark Chadbourn A Gripping Tale of High Adventure and Magical Mysteries Wilbur The Book Maven’s Journal Reviews for Word Connoisseurs REVIEWER Joy Hunt STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ BOOK: The New Kingdom AUTHOR: Wilbur Smith with Mark Chadbourn PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster RELEASE DATE: September 7, 2021 PAGES: ePub Edition 432 pages GENRE: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Adventure SOURCE: Advance Review Copy (Book Cover May Change Before Publication Release Date) Coming Soon… The New Kingdom by Wilbur Smith and Mark Chadbourn A Gripping Tale of High Adventure and Magical Mysteries Wilbur Smith’s latest tale of the dangerously mysterious world of diabolical ancient Egypt, “The New Kingdom,” is the coming-of-age story of Hui, the privileged and beloved second son of the adored second wife of a governor of un-unified Egypt. “Mother told me that the gods have a plan for all men…They reveal it, not with a clap of thunder, but with the slowness of the wind uncovering a gold plate buried in sand. It is easy to miss that message, and that is how the gods wish it, for they want men to pay attention to their presence at all times…” Although born into an ruler’s household with many advantages, Hui’s teenage years through young adulthood are rife with peril—often due to his own reckless initiatives, but also because his sorceress stepmother despises him and will stop at nothing to see him dead and her son rule. "Here we stand before the all-seeing eyes of Seth, Lord of Chaos, our God of Fire and Desert, King of Envy, Master of Trickery, Overseer of Storms…Lord of Violence…Seth…Brother of Osiris, Isis and Nephthys. We call on you…Accept this sacrifice…” An early zeal for recognition begins Hui’s harrowing journeys. It is his quest for a magical stone held by vicious bandits, who think nothing of severing heads with their sickle blades, that results in Hui’s best friend’s death and the unraveling of his former life. "Ever since word of it had leaked out, there had been talk of no other thing in the city—of the power it possessed; of what the gods would grant anyone who owned it…” The New Kingdom is a fast-paced adventure story that follows Hui’s life of betrayal by those he thought closest and his subsequent crusade for revenge to right all that he had lost. "What you endure is the curse that I placed upon you," she said. “A curse given force by Seth himself.” It is a story of youthful spirit and fearlessness; of honor lost and promises broken; of heroism and triumph; and ultimately of conscience, redemption and the absolution found in peace. "It is the duty of all men to do whatever they can to ensure no more blood is spilled, and that we can create an age where we live in harmony to enjoy all that the gods have bequeathed us...” And for Word Connoisseurs… Like all of Wilbur Smith's book’s, The New Kingdom is rich in breathtakingly description active verbs, deliciously vivid figures of speech and quotably gorgeous excepts (as noted above). Below are some more of my favorite examples from the novel: "Nothing great was ever gained by timid hearts.” “…under the lamp of the full moon…” “…the lamp of the moon lit the way ahead.” “He could taste the sweet fragrance of the sheep dung and straw…” “A scarlet strip edged the sable sky in the east.” “…he looked like a whipped dog at the back of a beggar’s hovel.” “The warrior sheathed his sword, the blade singing as it slipped into the leather scabbard…” “The chariots trundled ahead…the grooms and slaves trudged along behind…the ground throbbed…the horses snorted and stamped nearby…” “…words about his soul being poisoned haunted him.” “…he twirled it around then tossed the gore into the flames, where it sizzled and spat.” “…most there saw the lattice of seeping purple weals across his back. He had been lashed within a whisker of his life...” “What is a hero? It is not someone born that way. A hero is a man who defeats his greatest enemy first—his own fear—then carries on.” Be watching for Wilbur Smith’s (collaboration with Mark Chadbourn) newest novel of the ancient Egyptian world, The New Kingdom, coming September 2021, from Simon & Schuster.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    As a fan of stories based in mythology, I was delighted to receive an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of "The New Kingdom" by Wilbur Smith. This was my first encounter with Smith's writings and I can honestly say I will likely at least pick up the original 6 novels in his Egyptian series and have already shoved "The New Kingdom" at my husband and told him it was a must read. It kind of made me think of Rick Riordan for adults, though I do love his books as well. I was entranced from the get go as we a As a fan of stories based in mythology, I was delighted to receive an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of "The New Kingdom" by Wilbur Smith. This was my first encounter with Smith's writings and I can honestly say I will likely at least pick up the original 6 novels in his Egyptian series and have already shoved "The New Kingdom" at my husband and told him it was a must read. It kind of made me think of Rick Riordan for adults, though I do love his books as well. I was entranced from the get go as we are thrown right into the action, as Hui, the main character, his friend, and his brother attempt to steal the Ka Stone. This event set everything in motion and is an event that will be important throughout the story. Every little detail has meaning and Smith neatly wraps up those details in the end. Without giving to much spoilers, each small detail has a purpose that is well woven throughout the story. It is a story of betrayal, vengeance, struggle, coming of age, and love as Hui navigates his destiny. Normally a slow reader, I devoured the 400 page book in a matter of days once I found time to read. As a teacher, I can see this book appealing to students of a high reading level, especially ones who are interested in Egypt or mythology. It is clear that Smith spent a lot of of time researching and coming to an understanding of what Ancient Egypt was really like and created a faithful rendition in his wonderfully written works of fiction. Despite the differences in culture, I can see students finding ways to relate to Hui as he struggles to survive in a world that offers him no advantages. The thoughts and emotions that come into play with every choice he has to make. As a cosplayer, well who wouldn't was to pull off an awesome Egyptian cosplay? There are so many interesting characters to choose from besides Hui, such as the sorceress Isetnofret, the mystical eunuch Taita, the seductive Ahura, the barbarian Khyan, the desert scout Fareed, or the great general Tanus. With some research, I'm sure many cosplayers could pull off some amazing renditions of the vast selection of characters mentioned in "The New Kingdom." As you can probably tell, I'd definitely recommend giving this story a chance, as it is also nicely standalone from the main series. I will definitely be checking out the main series and have found another author to add to my favorites' list.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Beamon

    This is the first book in the Ancient Egypt series that I've read and the series is up to book 7. They do tell me it is sort of a one off, in that it focuses on a different character. This person is in the main series, but is not the main focus. That can be nice because it will expand the background of the story being told. Hui is a boy, son of the governor of Luhan, a small city in Egypt. When we first meet him, he's seventeen and could be counted a man. But he hasn't really been tested by life. This is the first book in the Ancient Egypt series that I've read and the series is up to book 7. They do tell me it is sort of a one off, in that it focuses on a different character. This person is in the main series, but is not the main focus. That can be nice because it will expand the background of the story being told. Hui is a boy, son of the governor of Luhan, a small city in Egypt. When we first meet him, he's seventeen and could be counted a man. But he hasn't really been tested by life. He, with a friend and a brother, is busy stealing into a bandit camp with the intention of robbing the robbers. It doesn't go well. In the act of thievery, they are discovered and the friend is killed. Hui and his brother escape with something called the Ka Stone, a meteorite. Later, when an emissary from the Pharaoh comes to pick the stone up and take it to a temple for safe keeping and study, His father is killed. Hui is blamed and convicted of the crime. He escapes with the help of his sister. This starts his journey of self-discovery. He is severely tested as he is a thief on his own, a lowly member of a barbarian war band and a full member of the bandit band he stole from at the beginning of the book. His one driving passion is to revenge his father's death. We don't know how long these trials last. The bandits are caught and mostly executed by the Egyptian army. Each member of the bandit group is interrogated. When it's Hui's turn, he tells his entire life story. The general who has caught him is impressed by that story and lets him live, putting him in the Blue Crocodile Squad. Hui excels at the tasks given him and rises in his position. He becomes a leader of men. During this time there is a split in Egypt between the Upper and Lower Kingdoms. According to history, this happened every now and then. There was war between the Kingdoms. Just when the side Hui was on seemed to be winning, the barbarian war hoard attacked. Things looked pretty grim for Hui and his family. I don't usually tell so much of the story in my reviews, but this book kind of required it. Lots of things happen in this coming of age tale. It is well told and very fascinating reading. I may possibly go back and read the earlier books in the Egypt series. So many books, so little time. I received the copy of this book that I read fir this review from BookishFirst.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    I always enjoy reading anything by this author and his latest book The New Kingdom was a riveting read. This is the 7th book in the Ancient Egypt series, somewhere along the way I have missed the last two books! But, this book could easily be read as a stand-alone, if you haven't started this series and are planning on reading it, then read the previous ones first. This is the story of Hui, he is the son of Kwahy, the governor of Luhan. Bandits, tribes and outlaws are known to be in the area, Low I always enjoy reading anything by this author and his latest book The New Kingdom was a riveting read. This is the 7th book in the Ancient Egypt series, somewhere along the way I have missed the last two books! But, this book could easily be read as a stand-alone, if you haven't started this series and are planning on reading it, then read the previous ones first. This is the story of Hui, he is the son of Kwahy, the governor of Luhan. Bandits, tribes and outlaws are known to be in the area, Lower and Upper Egypt show animosity towards each other. Egypt is a country that has wealth and also a lot of hardship. Hui finds himself on the outside of Luhan, no longer in a position of privilege. What should have brought him good luck instead brought him to the edge of death. He is forced to flee the life he has known to survive. This leads him to a world of bandits, the outlaws and he will need all his wits about him to survive. The story focuses on Hui and those closest to him. There is a good amount of historical reference in this story as well as the religion of the time. But for me, this was more an action and adventure story rather than the historical fiction I was expecting. I have to say I really enjoyed this fast-paced and exciting journey as I follo0wed Hui from one dilemma to another putting himself in situation after situation. This is one of those stories that I could see working well on the screen as there is quite a bit of action. Hui is a character who thinks on his feet and if it wasn't for his wit he would soon find himself in more trouble than he already had. He is a character that I really liked, a rogue in some ways, a liar, but one who has an end goal. So, no, not that trustworthy but I couldn't help but like him. I liked the historical content and also the way the mythology and religion were worked into the story. Let's be honest any story about ancient Egypt needs to have some sort of magic in it, as well as conspiracy, and there is a lot of that. Conspiracy between families as they try to manoeuvre and outwit other, characters swapping allegiances and sides. THis all adds to the thrill of the story and as I mentioned earlier, it adds to the action. THis was a fast-paced and exciting read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a wonderful story and one that I would definitely recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Rimmelzwaan

    The New Kingdom by Wilbur Smith with Mark Chadbourn is the seventh book in his Egyptian Series which brings us the story of Hui, the younger son of Khawy, the Governor of Lahun. I have read some of Wilbur Smiths work, who hasn't and was looking forward to be transported to Ancient Egypt. History has always been my favourite subject and Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me. I was plunged into Hui's world straight away and didn't surface until I had read the final page...well unless I had to do The New Kingdom by Wilbur Smith with Mark Chadbourn is the seventh book in his Egyptian Series which brings us the story of Hui, the younger son of Khawy, the Governor of Lahun. I have read some of Wilbur Smiths work, who hasn't and was looking forward to be transported to Ancient Egypt. History has always been my favourite subject and Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me. I was plunged into Hui's world straight away and didn't surface until I had read the final page...well unless I had to do something else anyway! Hui is the son of Kwahy, he lives with his father, his stepmother Ipsetnofret, his brother Qen and sister Ipwet. Although he is the younger brother he is favoured to be given the Governorship after his father. This angers Ipsetnofret as she feels her son Qen should have the position. Ipsetnofret is a sorceress and she orchestrates Khawys death to make it seem like Hui is the killer of his own father, culminating in Qen taking Hui's place. With Ipwets help he escapes and vows vengeance on both his brother and his stepmother. We follow his journey among the many warriors, bandits and armies he is either captured by or lives among. He ends up being caught by the Egyptian army with the bandits he is part of. When Hui tells his life story he is spared the usual execution and placed in a squad within the army. He rises to be a leader of men. Fighting a war that separated Egypt into two kingdoms, he becomes a man, but will he ever reek his vengeance on the two people who brought him to this life? Only way to find out is to read the book. A historical fiction novel, based on true events in Ancient Egypt that is a fast-paced read. An adventure complete with treachery, sorcery and many escapes from death also. Being Egypt there is a bit of incest as well. The characters are intriguing and along with Hui's journey they do make for an interesting read. Every character is unique to their part in the plot. I really was swept away with Hui and his life. Wilbur Smith is synonymous with Ancient Egypt and this is yet another thrilling and captivating read from the master of storytelling. Thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers Tours and Zaffre Books for this thrilling Egyptian adventure book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    “There will be danger, no doubt, and adventure and mystery and wonders of which we can only dream.” Not knowing this was part of a much larger series by Wilbur Smith, “River Gods”, I felt it was quite readable as a standalone. Where some detail is missing out in the case of world building, it is still great for someone coming into the books late. The New Kingdom is a piece of historical fiction following one young man, Hui, and his lust for vengeance and escape across the plains, sands, mountain “There will be danger, no doubt, and adventure and mystery and wonders of which we can only dream.” Not knowing this was part of a much larger series by Wilbur Smith, “River Gods”, I felt it was quite readable as a standalone. Where some detail is missing out in the case of world building, it is still great for someone coming into the books late. The New Kingdom is a piece of historical fiction following one young man, Hui, and his lust for vengeance and escape across the plains, sands, mountains and waterways of ancient Egypt. There is a bit of mysticism thrown in every now and again but it truthfully feels at odds with the rest of the novel and it’s very straight forward quest. Overall it turned out to be much more than I expected. Love for those that depend on you, love for a nation, love for family and the lengths some will go to see their kinfolk prevail. The story starts off on the precipice of action and only advances from there. It is an entrancing, fast paced novel, moving from one event to the next with ease. It’s very story driven. Not a lot of character development is established. It turns from one group of citizens to bandits, warriors, wanderers, and merchants to the next. The only character we follow and see grow is Hui. It is very much his quest. His voyage from meek and witless to eager, hungry for vengeance and full of revenge. Hui is very childish, turns away from what he clearly sees happening right in front of his eyes, and has no thought to the scheming that is going on right next to him. It’s beyond frustrating. But it also gives him a chance to grow into the man, the warrior, he is destined to become. Shoes which he fills rather remarkably by the closing of the story. *Trigger warning for sexual abuse and violence* ** Thank you to Bookish First for the pleasure of receiving an ARC of this novel. All statements made herein are solely my opinion and have been left voluntarily. **

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    According to the reader’s note penned by the author (I usually read such things, as I read the exordiums and the afterwords of other novels), he makes clear that this story is about a secondary character from previous novels he set in Egypt. This worried me for a bit. I feared that I wouldn’t be able to understand the story if so much of it came from novels I hadn’t read. But my apprehension proved unfounded. I was caught practically from the first paragraph. Hui foolishly brings his friend Hyky According to the reader’s note penned by the author (I usually read such things, as I read the exordiums and the afterwords of other novels), he makes clear that this story is about a secondary character from previous novels he set in Egypt. This worried me for a bit. I feared that I wouldn’t be able to understand the story if so much of it came from novels I hadn’t read. But my apprehension proved unfounded. I was caught practically from the first paragraph. Hui foolishly brings his friend Hyky to rob deadly and cruel desert bandits and I was mesmerized. I found myself tugged back and forth among the very different personalities of the three youths who dared much and had much to lose. I sensed that this minor raid was only a precursor and foreshadowing of greater struggles to come. You see at once the differences between kind Hui and his older brother, the remorseless Qen. You understand how they will be set against each other in this re-imagining of an ancient battle. It’s potent stuff, reminiscent of all tugs of war between brothers at loggerheads with each other. This is glorious storytelling—affecting, savage, brutal and heartrending. This was just a taste for me but now I find myself eager to read the other Ancient Egypt novels by this author. What a find for anyone who longs for stories of long-ago Africa, at the spot of the cradle of civilization.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jordyn

    Absolutely Amazing I've been a sucker for books about Egypt since like forever, so I had be waiting in anticipation for this book to come in and let me just say, it did not disappoint!!! I really liked the simplicity of the writing style. Now, this is not to say I don't love poetic writing styles, but the prose of this book gave my brain a much needed break from what it's used to. The characters were really well written. I have found myself deeply invested in the protagonist, Hui. His morality wa Absolutely Amazing I've been a sucker for books about Egypt since like forever, so I had be waiting in anticipation for this book to come in and let me just say, it did not disappoint!!! I really liked the simplicity of the writing style. Now, this is not to say I don't love poetic writing styles, but the prose of this book gave my brain a much needed break from what it's used to. The characters were really well written. I have found myself deeply invested in the protagonist, Hui. His morality was something I was draw to. I think it is easier to read books when you care about the characters, and it is hard not to with how well written they are. I'd like to also touch on the humorous aspects of the book. They are not what drives the plot, but little additives that make you chuckle. For example, please skip this if you don't want to read a direct quote from the book: "I am content with my lot. Hero sound like a dangerous title" Right off the bat, humor is sprinkled in with the seriousness of the situation, adding in a nice balance. All in all, this is a book that I would recommend to others, specifically those who appreciate fiction/fantasy involving ancient civilizations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brent Soderstrum

    This is the 7th book from the Ancient Egypt series. This one is so much better than Pharoah, which was the 6th book of the series. I wasn't sure I would read anymore after the last one. This book focuses on Hui, not the eunuch Taita like the other books. Taita does make appearances but he is not the focus. Hui lives in Lahun, with his dad is basically the mayor. He has a half-brother named Qen and a stepmother named Isetnofret. His father loves him the most and wants him to take over someday. Evi This is the 7th book from the Ancient Egypt series. This one is so much better than Pharoah, which was the 6th book of the series. I wasn't sure I would read anymore after the last one. This book focuses on Hui, not the eunuch Taita like the other books. Taita does make appearances but he is not the focus. Hui lives in Lahun, with his dad is basically the mayor. He has a half-brother named Qen and a stepmother named Isetnofret. His father loves him the most and wants him to take over someday. Evil stepmother and his half-brother kill Hui's father and blame Hui. Hui escapes and hides out with various bandits including Shrikes and the Hyksos. He has many adventures with both bands. He makes friends and enemies throughout. I enjoy historical fiction because you learn so much about the people of the time period with an interesting story as a backdrop. I found it fascinating to learn the secret behind the dominance of the Hyksos-horses, chariots, and bows that propelled arrows a longer distance than their enemies. The needless child molestation, incest, and lesbian affair between Hui's fiance and his sister bring this book down to four stars in my opinion. No need for any of it but it was put in by Smith to juice the story up. No need Wilbur.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MizzyRed

    Egyptian history and mythology is always interesting for me to read about. This book is the 7th in the series but it can be read alone and still make sense. It parallels another in the series and if read with that one would probably fill out the soft spots in the plot of this book. Hui is the main character and the story mostly focuses on him as he steals the Ka Stone from the Shrikes and is blamed for the death of his father. He is very revenge driven against Ipsetnofret and Qen who have their o Egyptian history and mythology is always interesting for me to read about. This book is the 7th in the series but it can be read alone and still make sense. It parallels another in the series and if read with that one would probably fill out the soft spots in the plot of this book. Hui is the main character and the story mostly focuses on him as he steals the Ka Stone from the Shrikes and is blamed for the death of his father. He is very revenge driven against Ipsetnofret and Qen who have their own plans for power using the dark path of Seth and craving the Ka Stone for their own. There are bigger power plays as well, with the Red Pretender and the Hyksos fighting for control of Egypt. That means lots of action and fighting and never a dull moment. Hui is crafty and uses all parties for his own advantage becoming a warrior in his own right on his quest for revenge. I do like Tanus, Taiti and Fareed who try to keep Hui from getting too dark, his sister Ipwet too. Because this book is part of the series and is filling in gaps the other books have, it has a soft ending with dark times for Egypt ahead but it is still a good read.

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