Title: Scarab-Akhenaten: Book One of the Amarnan Kings
Author: Max Overton
Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Shawn Weisser
A chance discovery in Syria reveals answers to the mystery of the ancient Egyptian sun-king, the heretic Akhenaten and his beautiful wife Nefertiti. Inscriptions in the tomb of his sister Beketaten, otherwise known as Scarab, tell a story of life and death, intrigue and warfare, in and around the golden court of the kings of the glorious 18th dynasty.
The narrative of a young girl growing up at the centre of momentous events - the abolition of the gods, foreign invasion and the fall of a once-great family - reveals who Tutankhamen's parents really were, what happened to Nefertiti, and other events lost to history in the great destruction that followed the fall of the Aten heresy.
Max Overton follows his award-winning trilogy of ancient Greece (Lion of Scythia, The Golden King, Funeral in Babylon) with the first book in another series set in Egypt of the 14th century B.C.E. Meticulously researched, the book unfolds a tapestry of these royal figures lost in the mists of antiquity.
I read Scarab-Akhenaten in two days and probably could have read it in one but life interfered. I did not put the book down for anything less than necessary. I truly enjoyed the story of Egyptian kings, queens, family, and royal life with all of the pettiness and power-hungry alliances. Max Overton wrote an interesting book in an enjoyable fashion. The story begins in the 1950's with a discovery of lost Egyptian royalty and leads into the story of Scarab and her famous family. I enjoyed the look into Egyptian life and politics. Overton explained all of the marriages and family lines in an understandable manner and I was able to easily keep track. I love they way the book ends with the first half of Scarab's life and I am excited to read the sequel to this book to find out more.