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Shadow of the Sun (The Shadow Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Merrie P. Wycoff , Jessica Wulf , Nick Zelinger , Marty Petersen
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Queen Nefertiti's first daughter is born to save her family, and bring peace to her country after her father introduces a revolutionary form of worship that tears Egypt apart. But can she do it without destroying everyone she loves?


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An engrossing narrative.....Wycoff illuminates the darkest aspects of the ancient Egyptian Royal Court. Seen through the eyes of Princess Meritaten, daughter of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten, Shadow of the Sun delivers a fictional peek into a world of treachery, political intrigue and religious strife. It is an enlightening story, not to be missed, and is enhanced by Wycoff s obvious flair in enlivening aspects of the known history with the deft skills of her pen. --Lorraine Evans, author of Kingdom of the Ark

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Jealousy, Lies, Betrayal, Murder...and Magic  
A reign of terror has kept Egypt in shadow, even at the apex of her power and glory.  The greedy and corrupt priests of the dark god Amun maintain a tight grip on the people through the use of fear, superstition, brutality, and, when necessary, diabolical sorcery.
 
Now, there is the promise of a new hope, a new light, but that promise is not welcomed by all. When the ambitious Queen Nefertiti and her consort, the gentle King Akhenaten, introduce a peaceful--and revolutionary--form of Sun worship in the hope of bringing about harmony and unification, Egypt is instead torn into warring factions on all levels of society.
 
Into this deadly conflict is born the first Royal Daughter, Merit-Aten, whose ability to see vivid auras and converse with animals comes with a price. Before her birth, she entered into a sacred contract to save her family and restore peace to her country. But, with danger threatening from every side--even from within her own family--will she be able to honor her contract without destroying everyone she loves?  

Product Details

  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Rosa Mystica Publishing, LLC (June 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GGA8TI
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why does this get so many 5 stars? February 5, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading this book I think there must be something wrong with me. I can't believe all the 5 star ratings unless they're all paid reviewers. I can't say I didn't like the story...it was ok, but the writing was horrible! Stilted comes to mind. I had to read things more then once for them to make sense. The story flowed horribly! Is this a teen age book? I actually don't think a teen could follow it. Wow...and I'm shocked at the horrible ending. Did the author fall asleep and just not finish it? I've never seen a book with all 5 star ratings that was so bad. Thankfully it was a cheap read. And thankfully I'm done with it. The only reason I finished it was because of the misleading reviews. I'm being kind by giving this book a 2 star rating.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAMILY LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT July 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
For those interested in ancient Egyptian history coupled with a bit of romance and a touch of the paranormal, may I heartily recommend SHADOW OF THE SUN by Merrie P. Wycoff. There have been literally dozens of books written about the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and each of us has our favorites. Those who read Michelle Moran's look at the ancient Egyptian Royal Court as depicted in NEFERTITI and deemed the writing to be amateurish and the subject matter a course in "history lite", will find SHADOW OF THE SUN a welcome and stimulating example of what compelling writing coupled with meticulous research can produce. It is obvious that Wycoff's fictional account of the tumultuous world of Akhenaten and Nefertiti as described by their daughter Princess Merit-Aten has been thoroughly assessed in it's exploration of the political and religious aspects of the duo's reign. Reading about this dynamic duo is akin to boarding a time machine and venturing back in history to another time when religion was still a "touchy subject" and treachery seemed to be the order of the day.

While the lives of the "major players" in the novel are engrossing, I found the presence of dwarves and their connection to the royals particularly fascinating, as was the use of the word Easting to describe giving birth - ("just as the sun is born each morning in the East, all new life emerges from the same direction").

Ms. Wycoff's love of her subject matter is evident in her writing and she has a definite gift for bringing her characters and her settings to life. The difference between SHADOW OF THE SUN and other books in this genre would be comparable to comparing a bottle of Mouton Rothschild to a bottle of Boone's Farm or 2 buck Chuck. If you like your historical fiction full of the mysticism that permeated ancient Egypt as well as vivid descriptions and emotion that jumps off the page then SHADOW OF THE SUN should be your book of choice
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel of ancient Egypt July 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Merrie P. Wycoff's new novel, "Shadow of the Sun," is set in the Amarna Period of Ancient Egypt, the era of Akhenaten and Nefertiti and Tutankamun, surely one of the most fascinating epochs in human history. I don't believe that you have to be a student of Ancient Egyptian history to appreciate "Shadow of the Sun," although being familiar with the main characters and historical themes can only add to your enjoyment. Through archaeology we know a considerable amount about the Amarna Era, when Akhenaten challenged the power of the old gods of Egypt (and their priests), but many, many things we do not know, leaving rich fields for a historical novelist to explore. What was Nefertiti's ancestry? What part did she play in her husband's religious revolution? Was Akhenaten's campaign to worship the god Aten driven by philosophy or by pragmatic politics? Merrie Wycoff provides answers for these and many other questions, not absolutely conclusive answers with which every student of Egyptian history would automatically agree, but answers consistent with the author's richly detailed portrait of this ancient land and its people.

"Shadow of the Sun" is told from the viewpoint of Merit-Aten, eldest daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, who achieved consciousness before her own birth, marked from the moment of that birth as a figure central to the emergence of a radically new way of life and relationship with the world, visible and invisible. Merit-Aten is a commendable creation.

I found the novel almost literally impossible to put down, and raced through it from the first page to the last without a break. Wycoff demonstrates a laudable mastery of characters, settings, and atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a splendid and original historical fantasy set in Egypt. The world the author paints is very authentic and well-constructed. The political developments and the minor histories that drive these developments were engrossing and three-dimensional, which made the setting read life-like.

I particularly liked the way Merit-Aten, the five-year old main character, sees the world. She is technically human, but there is something special and prophetic about her. She has a distinctively elongated head, and she sees people’s emotions as colorful auras. Merit-Aten wants, above all, to learn magic so that she can help people. I enjoyed reading her innocent perspective on the dark, sacrificial, and conspiring force that is the Amun Priesthood. The tribulations the royal family that she is a part of faced to overcome adversity were inspiring.

The events that occurred in the story were very colourful, however I did feel like an observer, mainly because Merit-Aten seemed to be an observer in the story. This is understandable because she was very young; however it did make me feel as if the story wasn’t progressing fast enough where it had significance to the main character. I also found that it wasn’t always clear by the punctuation and formatting who was speaking.

Overall, I thought the story was very enjoyable, and different, which I liked for I don’t always read stories like this. I felt the conclusion vindicated my criticism and seemed to shed light on most of the earlier events regarding Merit-Aten’s quest to learn magic and of her confronting her childhood fears. I recommend this book to any historical or fantasy reader. I’d suggest reading a sample immediately for I was quite taken with the depth of the character Merit-Aten!
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Published 2 months ago by Lisa Lykens
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top ten favorite books I have yet to read on my kindle
One of the top ten favorite books I have yet to read on my kindle.very rich in historic research and the story flows smoothly with remarkable plot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stefani L. Rohrbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was there in Egypt experiencing the events with ...
A most enjoyable read for me. I felt like I was there in Egypt experiencing the events with the characters. It felt like a true depiction of how life was during that period. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vincent Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable leisurely read.
I took the time to read this to the end. I 'm glad I did. The plot was slow getting going but once it got moving carried you along nicely. Good characters. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. S. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting But Not The Best
I liked the story being told in first person but because of the complexity of the names of the characters I found it hard to follow at times... Read more
Published 8 months ago by akareload
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC FIRST BOOK!
Amazing first book! If you like ancient egypt this is a must read. I could not put it down and was sad when I read the last word because this is a story that I could get lost in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Pennyapple
2.0 out of 5 stars Booo-rrring! *Yawn*
Very boring book. It is not easy to read. It is not easy to understand what is happening in the story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Kabore
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great
The story telling is fairly simplistic and not as rich or complex as I would expect of an Egyptian story. While not bad, it does not catch the imagination nor engage emotions.
Published 14 months ago by andrea prouse
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
I just couldn't get into the storyline or the characters. Maybe it was the difficulty of the characters names, or that I couldn't keep track of who was who. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bea George
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At the age of ten, while on a school field trip to a local museum, Merrie P. Wycoff saw a colossal statue of Pharaoh Ahkenaten. She was instantly mesmerized, and so was born her passion for Egypt, its history, and its ancient people. That passion has stayed with her from her growing-up years through today, fueled by her long-ago vow to write Ahkenaten's story. Now, with the publication of Shadow of the Sun, she has fulfilled that vow. In addition to a B.A in Public Relations, an M.A. in Metaphysical Studies, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion, Merrie is in the process of finishing her Egyptology Certificate with the University of Manchester in Great Britain. But she feels that perhaps the most important part of her education was her time spent with Abd'El Hakim Awyan, a recognized Elder and Indigenous Egyptian Wisdom Keeper of the Eye Tribe and Keeper of the Keys, whom she met on one of her visits to Egypt. Her studies with him taught her things that could not be learned from books, invaluable teachings of ritual, magic, and history, all of which she has put to good use in this book, and in her personal life. Merrie resides in Colorado with her family, close to the majesty and the magic of the Rocky Mountains. There she follows her dual calling as a Vibrational Healer and writer. Shadow of the Sun is her first novel.

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