Nefertiti - Mudered?,
This review is from: Drinker of Blood (Lord Meren Mysteries) (Hardcover)
Lord Meren has always been suspicious about the deaths of the Pharoah Akhenaten and The Great Royal Wife, Nefertiti. He becomes convinced that Nefertitis death was caused by ingestion of poison, not the plague as originally assumed. Her death occurred years before, and the killer has had some time to cover their tracks. Meren must dig deep to find the real cause of Nefertitis death.
The killer becomes aware of Merens inquiries, and makes a bold move. King Tutankhamun is attacked and Meren is suspected of the crime. As a reader, this is the weak spot in the plot for me. After years of loyal service, one would think Meren was beyond reproach, and the King would insist on his innocence. Perhaps Robinson is making a statement about Tutankhamuns youth and immaturity, or that rulers can truly trust no one.
Robinson takes a different path with this novel, alternating between time periods with each chapter. We learn a great deal more about the reign of Ahkenaten and Nefertiti. What happened in their time is so important, as it sets the stage for the motivation behind Meren and King Tutankhamuns actions in the three previous novels.
I am especially excited about the manner Robinson portrays Queen Nefertiti. She was queen in name and in fact - she took on many royal tasks that Akhenaten found distasteful or difficult. His reign might have been even more disastrous if it were not for her influence on the king, and her diplomacy in politics and religion.