1111016Pauline Gedge rarely fails to deliver on her ancient Egyptian fiction, and that’s one of the reasons why I love her work so much.

Little bit of a throwback here, The Twelfth Transforming is the fourth book she ever published, back in 1984.  I’ve read all of her works but for two now, and Child of the Morning remains my favorite by her.

But here in Twelfth Transforming, we are introduced to the Empress Tiye and her husband Amenhotep the III, ninth pharaoh of the eigtheenth dynasty and one of the greatest in Egyptian history.  It was during his reign that Egypt reached it’s peak in culture and world standing.  Sad that his son had to tear it all down.

Amenhotep III had several children by Tiye, two boys and several girls who went on to become his wives as well.  But it was the younger son that history remembers the most: Amenhotep IV who later changed his name to Akhenaten and nearly destroyed Egypt during his ten years of reign.

Twelfth Transforming follows Tiye for the most part, the last years of her marriage to Amenhotep III and the first half of her son’s reign, but does follow along in the viewpoints of other key players such as Akhenaten’s infamous wife Nefertiti and his subsequent successors.

So you’re looking over the shoulders of some of the most famous and infamous people of Egyptian history, and their fame is not always earned favorably.  Akhenaten and Nefertiti took Egypt from their worship of multiple gods to one, built a gorgeous city out of stone and sand, bankrupted the nation, and lost many vassal states to ignorance and neglect.  And all this culminates in the death of the infamous boy king Tutankhamun.

The only downfall to this book is the last few chapters.  Most of your favorite characters are dead, and the pacing is a little slow and tedious, but otherwise it was a fabulous read.

Love, lust, murder, and polical intrigue all set against the backdrop of the harsh and fertil beauty that is Egypt.  Gedge makes her characters come to life, and despite the fact that you can Wiki most of their lives, she keeps you turning the pages.

Enjoy folks.

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