Short-Listed on Historical Novel Society's 2014 Indie Award for Best Historical Fiction
Editor's Choice -- "Borg's narrative structure is as supple as it is strong; this is a big book in every way (except in your luggage: it's a well-designed e-book), sprawling, ambitious, and marvelously executed. It's enthusiastically recommended." - Historical Novels Review, Quarterly Issue, August 2012.
ASCRIBE Approved for best fiction.
"A novel that ticks all the boxes. Superbly written, superbly presented,superb plot - and a superb reading experience"
Helen Hollick, author of Sea Witch, Bring It Close and Harold The King - ASCRIBE (Approved for best fiction)
Luckily, I had copied it onto my blog devilwinds.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html
Here is an excerpt:
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction, February 11, 2013
The Kindle Book Review (Indianapolis,IN) This review is from: KHAMSIN, The Devil Wind of The Nile (Legends of the Winged Scarab) (Kindle Edition)
Ms. Borg has written a terrific story of Ancient Egypt before the age of pyramids. She has researched it well and documented the period through characters about whom most of us have little knowledge. The story and her characters are extremely believable...
One of my history professors insisted that his classes read a historical novel during each quarter of his classes. I remember well his suggestion of The Egyptian for Egyptian Historical Fiction. Had Khamsin been written at that time of his teaching, it would likely have been added to his list of suggestions for his students to read. Good work, Ms. Borg!
...Dawn Edwards, The Kindle Book Review
From the Author
Historical Novels Review, Quarterly Issue, August 2012
Khamsin: The Devil Wind of the Nile
By Inge H. Borg
Borg's exceptional novel Khamsin takes its name from the "devil wind" that ravages ancient Egypt for fifty days during the reign of King Aha, the second ruler of the First Dynasty (roughly 3080 B.C.). The Egypt of this setting is primordial even by Egyptian standards: this is a time before the Great Pyramids were built, and before the Sphinx. But even in such an exotic setting, Borg adeptly demonstrates that some human passions never change - her cast of characters is vast, but at the heart of the story are two men vying for power in ancient Memphis: Ramose, the high priest of Ptah, and Ebu al-Saqqara, the plotting vizier.
As the freak windstorm continues to rage, its turbulence is mirrored in the intrigues and battle scenes, the plight of queens and princesses, and the hopes of dozens of lesser (but still fully realized) characters. Borg's narrative structure is as supple as it is strong; this is a big book in every way (except in your luggage: it's a well-designed e-book), sprawling, ambitious, and marvelously executed. It's enthusiastically recommended.
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