The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen [NOOK Book]

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"I am King Tut?s wife, but my name is barely a whisper in history?s memory. I was the last of my family to survive the Aten revolution. I had a child at age 12 and was forced to marry three times. But that didn?t mean my story ended badly. My name is Ankhesenamun, my loved ones called me An, and I will stop at nothing to save my family."

Despite the vast treasure found in Pharaoh Tutankhamun?s tomb, there is little left over regarding his bride. From the turbulence of her father?s reign, Akhenaten, who forced ...
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"I am King Tut’s wife, but my name is barely a whisper in history’s memory. I was the last of my family to survive the Aten revolution. I had a child at age 12 and was forced to marry three times. But that didn’t mean my story ended badly. My name is Ankhesenamun, my loved ones called me An, and I will stop at nothing to save my family."

Despite the vast treasure found in Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb, there is little left over regarding his bride. From the turbulence of her father’s reign, Akhenaten, who forced monotheism on the country to the mending of these wounds by the now-famous Tutankhamun, her life saw more change than most ancient Egyptians dared even dream about. Evidence left to us about her is this: She was forced to marry her father, her brother, and her grandfather. She gave birth to one healthy baby girl and two stillborn girls. She was widowed at age 12 and 23. She saw four pharaohs crowned within 23 years. After her grandfather took the throne, she disappeared from history.

Ankhesenamun grew up a princess and became a queen at age 13. Her husband, Tutankhamun, was 9. With outside forces try to influence every choice they make, Ankhesenamun finds herself torn between her duties and her desires. In addition, her husband must deal with a crippling deformity that leaves him vulnerable. Meanwhile, Ankhesenamun wrestles a matter of the heart, her own heart. There is a young girl whom was never supposed to have survived the fall of Akhenaten City, a daughter she bore that carries the blood of the heretic in her veins. There are some who will stop at nothing to find this daughter and end the line of Akhenaten once and for all.

Guided by a traveler from the desert wanders whose leader left Egypt in ruin, Ankhesenamun finds herself longing for true love and the ability to worship a God now banned from her world. Can she find a way to escape the game for which she is being played by forces she cannot see? Will it enough to survive the most terrible of all fates -- the threat of her own death and having her name and her family's erased from the walls of history? Because once the new king is crowned, she is dispensable.

With a twist of biblical history interlaced, Ankhesenamun’s voice has a new song to sing which has otherwise been forgotten. Her story weaves through the sands of time as in each chapter she narrates her past and the path her life has been directed to take. Between chapters, Ankhesenamun is dealing with the repercussions of her husband’s death as power-hungry men are grappling for pharaoh’s crown. Using newly discovered facts about Akhenaten’s and Tutankhamun’s genealogy and their reigns, this tale breathes new life into a fascinating and dangerous time in Egypt’s history. Can a lone woman stand against the tides of time which have already consuming her parents, her sisters, and her husband? May the gods have mercy...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483505343
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 357
  • Sales rank: 130,834
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

My love of history sparked with the discovery of the Titanic by Robert Ballard. I read up all I could about the ship and her voyage. After a brief interest in all things JFK, my interest eventually warped back in time. It was ancient times that most fascinated me, especially the people of ancient Egypt who for thousands of years thrived without the use of cars, internet, modern medicine, or phones. I also enjoy Biblical and Greek history. While Roman history is also quite interesting, I do hold the society largely responsible for the global loss of women's rights after their sacking of Alexandria. But that is an opinion for another time!

The idea for my book "Aten's Last Queen" took hold of me when I went to visit the exhibit "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs." I felt called to this young woman named Ankhesenamun who was remembered lovingly in images but whose life was otherwise lost in time. In my novel, I hope the restore a small piece of her voice as well as interest readers in this time period. If one person says "history is cool" because of my book, well, then my mission is more than accomplished! However, any historical or typographical errors the reader may find, I hope you will forgive me. The fault is my own.

When I'm not reading, writing, or spending time with my family, I also enjoy a perfectly steeped cup of hot tea, scrapbooking, and catching a Twins game now and then at Target Field. Whether my imagination reaches the distant future or ancient past, I am ever grateful to have made it to this point and am excited for what's to come!

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

    The Forgotten: Aten's last Queen by J. Lynn Else I loved this bo

    The Forgotten: Aten's last Queen by J. Lynn Else
    I loved this book! It's set back in ancient Egypt, but the author has a great way of making the characters come to life! J. Lynn Else is beautifully descriptive in her writing, so you feel like you are there, can see the things they see, and can almost reach out and touch the scenery. She effortlessly weaves the historical information in with the fiction, creating a rich story full of love, loss, betrayal, faith, and family. There are twists and turns, and the book keeps you wondering what will happen next! It was a fast read for me...I didn't even want to put it down to make dinner! If you like historical fiction, you'll certainly enjoy this book. Can't wait to see what J. Lynn Else puts on the shelves next!

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