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"Beautiful prose! I am not a fan of ancient historical fiction but this novel is mesmerizing! I learned so much about the beauty and horror of the time! Careful research and documentation is masterful!"

"A lover of historical fiction, especially novels put in unusual, "unexplored" by historical fiction, times and places, this novel gratified the reader in me greatly, leaving me satisfied, but wishing for more. If there was a sequel to this novel I would have picked it right away, despite the perfectly rounded-up ending, even.

Not an expert on anything ancient Egypt related, I found it a delight to learn all about Akhenaten and the possible motives to his actions, to his puzzling attempts of bringing monotheism to his county-folk. The fresh, interesting, thought-provoking angle on the story of Moses paralleling this of Akhenaten was wonderful."

"This is a combination of actual facts and fiction. The story is told from the point of view of king tut's great wife, the only pharaoh that only had one wife and never had a harem. king tut was the half brother of his great wife. throughout egyptian history pharaohs took their sisters, daughters, granddaughters and such as their wives to preserve the royal bloodlines which produced many deformities and deaths of the babies from the incestous marriages. king tuts wife An (for short) gave birth to 3 daughters, one sired from her father Akhenaten at a very young age and 2 from her half brother king tut. one stillborn and the second possibly died shortly after birth. both of which where buried with king tut. It was the duty of the wife to produce a son/ heir to the throne and was considered to be a failure if she did not produce a son. This also reflected poorly on the pharoah which is one of the reasons for taking multiple wives and the harem. This book was very interesting and I couldn't put it down even knowing it was partially fiction and parts were difficult to read.

I highly recommend this book!"

From the Historical Novel Society:

"Else's debut novel, The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen, sets its action in the reign of the now-famous Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamen. The richly-detailed narrative centers on the figure of Ankhesenamun, the young princess who became the wife of King Tut and navigated with him the pomp, intrigue, and danger of the royal Egyptian court in the wake of the tumultuous era of the Heretic King, Akhenaten, and his queen, Nefertiti.

All the familiar characters of King Tut fiction are here, from arch counsellor Ay to General Horemheb, all of them fleshed out and presented in wonderful detail. But Else's most successful fictional creations by far are Ankhesenamun herself, a passionate and believably textured character, and Tutankhamen, who is equally complex and interesting. The result is a tremendously readable novel that is also the first installment of a series."

"This is a superb book! Well written & flows throughout the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it & couldn't put it down. Completely conceivable.......I felt taken back in time. Wonderful!!"
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From the Author

I started the title of my book withthe words "The Forgotten" because I want to make a series of booksabout strong, trailblazing women of antiquity.  I've loved history for along time. First it was maritime history when the discovery of the Titanic was occurring.Eventually, I found ancient history extremely interesting. It's astounding allthe innovations from the ancient world. How they built the pyramids is stilldebated today!
In 2012, I went to an exhibitabout ancient Egypt, with a focus on King Tut and his family. I remember seeingso little about his wife, Ankhesenamun. I was also fascinated by their father whoafter a thousand years of polytheism, would suddenly introduce a religion thatfocused on one god. I wanted to explore that. So I researched a little andfound still very little on Ankhesenamun. That's when my imagination took overand wondered what she must have went through...
She was morethan just an image in stone. She was more than just a pharaoh's wife. At anearly age, Ankhesenamun had to navigate her people through religious upheaval andpolitical dissent. She was a girl who had to grow up too fast.  In thisstory, a strong woman is brought to light. In an ancient world where there wasmore change and unrest than any other time in Egyptian history, one girl becamea queen at age 12 over the most powerful nation of the ancient world.  Discover the adventure of one woman'slifetime.

Product details

  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 15, 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 556 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1500713775
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1500713775
  • Item Weight : 1.62 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1.26 x 9 inches
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