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She grew up on the reed-lined banks of the Upper Nile but she was not like the other villagers of Aswat. Intelligent and ambitious, Thu is convinced that her destiny is greater than to marry a peasant, tend crops and breed sons. She wants more. When Hui, aristocrat, healer and famed seer, anchors his barge at the nearby temple, young Thu swims to it, willing to offer him anything, even herself, for a glimpse of her future. And so she starts a journey that finally leads her to power as Lady Thu, beloved concubine ...
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She grew up on the reed-lined banks of the Upper Nile but she was not like the other villagers of Aswat. Intelligent and ambitious, Thu is convinced that her destiny is greater than to marry a peasant, tend crops and breed sons. She wants more. When Hui, aristocrat, healer and famed seer, anchors his barge at the nearby temple, young Thu swims to it, willing to offer him anything, even herself, for a glimpse of her future. And so she starts a journey that finally leads her to power as Lady Thu, beloved concubine of Ramses III - until, once again, she wants more.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like her well-received Child of the Morning, Gedge's atmospheric new historical is a novel of ancient Egypt. Set in the court of Ramses III, it draws considerable narrative energy from the wanton ambitions and unpredictable fortunes of its narrating heroine, Thu. Eschewing the humble life of a peasant girl, Thu persuades her brother to teach her all he learns at the temple school. When Pharaoh's famed seer, the royal physician Hui, anchors in Thu's village of Aswat, the girl steals to his barge hoping to barter herself for a glimpse into the future. Impressed by her courage and innate ability, Hui makes Thu his apprentice physician. Before long, Thu, though not yet 15, is called upon to treat the ailments of Pharaoh himself. Charmed by the aggressively capable and fiercely complicated young physician, the god-king honors her with a place in his harem. But as she luxuriates in Pharaoh's favor, Thu must contend with the treacherous vortex of court intrigue-and with her love for Pharoah's son, and her desire to be his queen. Deft prose, charismatic characters and a vivid, wholly persuasive rendering of ancient days distinguish this multilayered historical, which may tax readers with its plot convolutions and complicated politics but will reward them in equal measure. British, trans., first serial, dramatic rights: Bella Pomer. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569470435
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Hera Series
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 513
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 1.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    An Outstanding Historical Novel

    Welcome to ancient Egypt, and the treachery of its sophisticated court. The story of beautiful blue-eyed Thu, raised from peasant to powerful courtesan, will hold the rapt attention of anyone who loves fine historical fiction. I literally could not put this book down during the last 100 pages, and it was not easy before that! Intrigue, betrayal, the ascent to power and the dizzying drop from it - all combine to make this a top-notch historical thriller.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    Life in a Pharaoh's Harem

    I really enjoy all of Pauline Gedge's historical fiction. She is by far the best at making this time period come alive. In this fictional story a young peasant girl lives out the My Fair Lady story. She is remade completely and on purpose by a man who has complex reasons for needing to place an intelligent young girl at pharaoh's side, a girl loyal to her benefactor first and who will do his bidding. The plot is complex, but the insight of the harem life is fascintaing---boring, boring, boring, and occasionally spiced with intrigue and death. (An aside: some have remarked negatively on Thu's blue eyes, but it is explained by author by having her father be a mercenary soldier from a foreign land. She needed to be unusual looking so that she would stand out among other young girls and appeal to jaded pharaoh.'

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