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Khaemsawet, son of the Pharaoh Ramses the Great, was a historical person, famous in his own time and for centuries afterward. He was Governor of Memphis, High Priest of Ptah, a physican, scholar, magician, and the world's first Egytianologist, who searched for ancient tombs damaged by tomb robbers, restored them and named their occupants if he could. Along with all this, he was for a while the Crown Prince. He searched all his life for the 'Scroll of Thoth' which would give him, as a priest and magician, powers over the afterlife and eternal life. In the legends about him, which lasted long after his own time, he found that scroll, but in its' finding, his life and all that he loved were destroyed. Ms Gedge, best of the writers of Egyptian historical fiction, recreates that legend. As always, she makes us feel we are living in that time and place and experiencing that tragedy. It is an excellent book.
This incredible novel is based on the legend of Setna Khamuas (Khaemwaset in this story), younger son of the pharaoh Ramses in 1250 B.C. Rich, powerful, and well-versed in the arts of magic and spells, Khaemwaset is surrounded by a loving family. He is also dedicated to restoring ancient tombs. One evening, at a lavish party, he is approached by an elderly and enfeebled man who begs a favor from him. Khaemwaset does not realize that his response to this request will have a stunning impact on his life, the lives of his family, and the state of his soul. Shortly after this,the discovery of a mysterious scroll in a tomb he has excavated begins a series of momentous events. The book was nearly impossible for me to put down by this point, with a stunning twist at the very end finishing off a remarkable tale. Masterful storytelling, and highly recommended!