Pillar of Fire

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Brought in chains as a slave girl to the court of ancient Egypt, Nofret knew intimately the key players in an extraordinary era: The Pharaoh Akhenaten, who defied the ancient Egyptian deities to worship the One True God, and his beautiful queen Nefertiti. Tutankhamon, the young boy-king murdered in a ruthless struggle for power. Johanan, the handsome young Hebrew laborer who captured her heart, and made her a traveler on a miraculous journey. And the legendary prophet and lawgiver who came out of the desert to defy Egypt's power and lead his people out of captivity.

Acclaimed as one of the finest authors of historical novels today, Judith Tarr has crafted a daring and provocative new interpretation of a crucial turning point in human history.

A monumental novel of Ancient Egypt--of the turbulent years of the reigns of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his successors. Told from the point of view of a Hittite slave who is the chief servant of Akhenaten's third daughter, this intimate account of life in an ancient empire lets the reader feel how the great events of the time affected the human heart.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With her usual skill, Tarr (Throne of Isis) combines fact and fiction to create yet another remarkably solid historical novel set in ancient Egypt. This narrative is based on an intriguing premise: What if Moses, patriarch of monotheism, and the Pharaoh Akhenaten, who forbade the Egyptians from worshiping any god save the sun god Aten, were one and the same? After all, Akhenaten's body disappeared after his death, and Moses rose to prominence shortly thereafter. The third-person narration sticks close to the point of view of Nofret, a young Hittite slave girl who serves the Pharaoh's third daughter. Nofret is sharp-tongued and honest to a fault, qualities which, surprisingly, are valued by her aristocratic lady. The two women find their orderly lives turned upside down by Akhenaten's obsession with his god and his determination to father a son. After a devastating plague-attributed to Akhenaten's misrule-sweeps through the kingdom, Nofret finds refuge among some Hebrew slaves and makes her way to Sinai; later, although still dubious of his one god, she accompanies Moses/Akhenaten back to Egypt, where he demands that the slaves be freed. The juxtaposition of the Exodus story with the events in the Egyptian court makes for an engrossing saga, and Nofret's shrewd skepticism in the face of such great events lends the tale intimacy. This is a highly entertaining blend of romance, drama and historical detail. (June)
Whitney Scott
Tarr's many fans will rejoice in her latest, meticulously researched novel set in ancient Egypt, which her artistry again brings to life for twentieth-century readers. Queen Hatshepsut, royal wife to Thutmose II and queen regent for Menkheperaa Thutmose, her husband's son by a concubine, was not content to rule under another's name. She made herself king and ruled over the Two Lands for years. Tarr weaves into the fabric of the strange facts of this ruler's life such arresting fictional threads as the story of the commoner Senenmut, son of a pot seller, who becomes Hatshepsut's confidant and secret lover as well as her chief servant and overseer. Realizing a turbulent world of courtly intrigues and infighting, Tarr provides a book that can be savored and enjoyed on many levels--perfect for beach reading, what with its lively portrait of enduring love between two who can never publicly acknowledge their commitment, and for such higher pleasures as those afforded by finely wrought characterizations and insights into the minds and hearts of the mighty.
The Washington Post
"Tarr is an excellent writer. Her prose is graceful and her plots are carefully constructed. She is confident in describing the battlefields of war as she is in exploring the conflicts of love..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312855420
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: King and Goddess Series , #3
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Tarr is the author of more than twenty widely praised novels, including The Throne of Isis, White Mare's Daughter, and Queen of Swords, as well as five previous volumes in the Avaryan Chronicles: The Hall of the Mountain King, The Lady of Han-Gilen and A Fall of Princes (collected in one volume as Avaryan Rising), Arrows of the Sun, and Spear of Heaven. A graduate of Yale and Cambridge University, Judith Tarr holds degrees in ancient and medieval history, and breeds Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm, her home in Vail, Arizona.
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