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One of the reasons it is always interesting is because the author doesn't just try to write a trite love story in a different era, he actually makes it real. Relationships, events, even war, do not always come out as we wish for. The characters you care and cheer find that sometimes, life is about taking the best from what is left to them. Overall, it comes across as a story of triumph against odds, but with engaging trials along the way.
Definitely a novel that keeps you thinking about it when mundane duties force you to set it down. He keeps drawing the reader back because the unpredictability of the events make you anxious to get back to it to see what happens next.
But I get ahead of myself. Shiri is a love story, set in Egypt of the Pharaohs. As the author says, it is a work of fiction, with characters, names, places and events that are the product of the author's imagination or else used fictitiously. The sense, the flavor of Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt at its height are there. The characters have names that are familiar, that raise echoes. I say all this at the outset because I have read some reviews that complain that the story is not historical. This story is what it is claimed to be. Those who want to read textbooks can certainly find plenty.
The story concerns Shiri, the daughter of a chieftain, who is carried away by the forces of Pharaoh when they overrun the land of the Shepherd King. She becomes a slave in the royal palace, and moves among people whose names are familiar. And she learns to love a man...
I am not going to tell the story. You will have to read it yourself. If you enjoy intrigue, splendor, terrible villains, valiant heroes and heroines that are full of courage and resolve, this story is for you. If you savor luscious settings and thoughts that touch the heart and illuminate the mind, this is a good story for you. Be aware that there are some scenes involving a specific character that some readers will find upsetting. Because of that I would not give this book to children to read. All is resolved most satisfactorily, even splendidly.
If you enjoy the Egyptian books of Wilbur Smith, you will enjoy Shiri, though I personally find it more refined than Smith's work. Shiri presents you with a love story set in an intriguing period peopled by fascinating characters and crafted with beauty and emotion. Well done, Mr. Taylor.
This novel took me on the wonderful adventure into the ancient Egypt of pre-Moses times, into the deserts of Judea and then the beautifully sparkling Heliopolis, Memphis, Thebes, with its beauty and its horrors, all woven together into a breathtaking story of courage, love, sacrifice and more.
I recommend "Shiri" highly, historical fiction lovers or not, this book will keep you glued to its pages, while giving you a wild ride and the taste of the past.
I'm a huge fan of ancient Egypt and have read numerous books on the subject. The author did a very good job of blending fact with fiction in this interesting adventure. You could really picture the lives of the royals and the regular people from the author's excellent descriptions.
While I didn't particularly care for all of the characters as people they were all well developed and felt very genuine. I was drawn in by Shiri and enjoyed her journey immensely.
Historical fiction fans will find this incredibly enjoyable and I highly recommend it. I look forward to future releases from the author.
Some of the scenes get quite graphic, including the treatment of female slaves. The amount of detail throughout the book, including the graphic scenes, is impressive. I would recommend Shiri to anyone who enjoys reading historic novels that include a great amount of detail and characters that really pull at your heart strings.
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