A unique, in-depth, and thoroughly believable portrait of the great female Pharaoh: a woman who, while wielding absolute political power, was at the same time emotionally and philosophically developed and therefore capable of conceiving the enlightened architectural and artistic masterpieces that distinguished her long reign. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only novel that captures within a single volume what must have been the reality of daily life in ancient Egypt - from royalty to peasantry. It is all there and in three dimensions ... the divinity-driven, Nile-blessed land in all its magical, hierarchical complexity, its profound sacred science, pervasive religious reverence, its exotic unparalleled material richness, its relentless heat, and its obsession with artistic perfection. An exhilarating read.
- John Anthony West, Emmy Award winner for his NBC documentary "The Mystery of the Sphinx"
Pita has a consummate storyteller's skill for pacing, and as a result, this series is an absorbing reading experience. The decision to follow Hatshepsut through the years bears fruit: readers will close the book feeling they've known this remarkable woman. Highly recommended.
- Steve Donoghue for the Historical Novel Society