The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen Paperback – August 15, 2013
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"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!"
"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!!"
From the Author
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.
- 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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Ankhesenamun is a sympathetic character. She is truly a survivor. She experiences many horrors. She is the last of her line and is forced to watch her family die in front of her. My heart ached for her everytime she lost a member of her family. She is also forced to marry her father and gives him a healthy baby girl. After the death of Tutankhamun, she has to marry her grandfather, Ay. She tries to get out of the marriage by pleading to the Hittite king to help her. It ends up being a futile attempt to get out of her marriage to Ay. However the novel shows that these tragedies helped make Ankhesenamun a strong woman. I admire that she is really not afraid to stand up and fight for those she loves. She has a few flaws in this novel. She could be occasionally selfish and ruthless. However, Ankhesenamun is mostly a mature character in the novel. Because of the tragedies in her life, she is forced to become an adult at the age of nine. I could not stop reading this book because I hoped that she would eventually find some happiness in her life.
Overall, this novel is about hope, faith, love, and family. The message of The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen is that there is always a silver lining. Even though Ankhesenamun has many dark moments in her life, she learned that these moments paved the road to her happiness. I thought that most of the characters were developed. My second favorite character was Nefertiti. She seemed like a warrior queen. She even took up the sword to protect her family and her country. Tutankhamun seemed like a lonely boy that tried to be a great king to his kingdom. The only character I thought needed more development was the villian. His motive for wanting to destroy Ankhesenamun’s family was very silly. I like how the author incorporated the story of Moses in the Bible and that it played an important part in the story. The aspects I did not like in the novel was the unnecessary love triangle and the story switches periodically between Ankhesenamun’s life as King Tut’s widow and Ankhesenamun’s past. These time jumps made the reading a bit confusing for me and harder to keep track of the story. Still, The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen is a feast for historical fiction lovers and features a captivating heroine. It is meticulously researched and is an engrossing novel. I recommend this novel for fans of Michelle Moran, Pauline Gedge, and Stephanie Thornton.
***I finished the book and will leave the rating at four stars because of the detail and ability to bring this amazing world to life. I did not enjoy the second half as much as I did the first.
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.
And yet, Akhennaten's family, his women-folk, his chief wife Nefertiti and her numerous daughters, as much as his minor wives and offsprings, being the true stars of this story, made this book into what it is, a great literature, a fascinating story and not only an history lesson. The untold story of the various historical characters, what can be more fulfilling than this?
An - Ankhesenamun - captured my heart from the very beginning, her voice so fresh, so authentic and yet so understandable to me as a modern-day reader. Connecting with her was easy. Her hopes, her pain, her aspirations, her frustrations, her delights, her disappointment with herself, her love and desires - I felt all of it together with her, learning history and enjoying a great story at the same time. A perfect combination.
Tutankhamun, just an occasional name from some forgotten school lesson, took shape in this novel for me, presenting me with an interesting character, human and alive, and not a sandy statue or hieroglyph, but a person, hopeful and tragic at the same time, a lovely boy who tried to do his best.
I can go on and on discussing the numerous characters, historical and fictional ones, as this novel drew me inside it, made me live their lives together with them, while learning history and customs, traditions, believes of people, I knew little about before.
I'm a fan and sincerely hope the author will publish more historical fiction in the near future.