At first glance, Meres' life seems perfect. She has a loving and devoted husband. A caring community. A "glamour" job as the only civilian allowed to work inside the temple of Isis, Our Lady of the Absolute. But there's one thing Meres doesn't have: a child. And being childless is enough to make any woman feel worthless in the White Walled City, the royal city of the Black Land, a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt.
When Meres learns her beloved sister-in-law Pu is pregnant with a foreigner's child, everything changes. As a member of the Pharaoh's harem, Pu is bound by law to be faithful to him, but she's unintentionally broken that law and committed treason, a crime punishable by death. Now, only Meres and Pu know her secret. As a loyal citizen, Meres is bound by law to turn Pu over to the authorities. But how can she do that to someone who didn't mean to do anything wrong--especially someone she loves?
Suddenly, the life Meres cherishes turns into a nightmare. Torn between love and envy, family and country, duty and faith, Meres risks rejecting the hard and fast rules of her religion in order to help the people she loves. She plunges into a dangerous journey that will lead her to uncover the truth about herself, her life, and the realization that nothing is absolute.
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Resa Nelson again gives a smash hit. A stand-alone departure from her first novel, "The Dragonslayer's Sword" we are brought into a world as Ancient Egypt in a modern-day society. There is nothing hoaky about her world or characters. Everything that is explained, everything that occurs has a very solid, well thought out purpose (even if it seems confusing at the time). The story feels more like a prime-time TV miniseries or a blockbuster screenplay than of a novel - the reader is thrust fully into this world and taken for an astonishing journey. Her attention to hard research, details, and characters are exquisite and palatable. Once you start to peel back the layers, not all is what it seems to be, nothing is absolute. Her driving theme of this story is both compelling and hard-hitting. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Resa will throw in a wrench that really gets the heart and mind racing. As with "Dragonslayer", this book is a total page-turner, with each moment keeping the reader riveted. I had a hard time keeping this book down, and again I found myself nearly yelling at the book with the twists and turns that Resa is known for. As is usual with her work, this story is not for the weak-minded or closed-minded. Resa is a demanding, purpose-driven author who brings stories that are cerebral and contemplative - And I love every minute of it. (please note, this is not to say the book is a difficult read) Another thing I really liked is that she strikes a balance for her characters, they are able to live their lives as they see fit. I feel this is a unique departure from other stories that appear to have a bias to one viewpoint or another, that you must make a choice to be on one side. Her departure is what I feel to be most profound and contemplative of her story and her theme - something that can be applied to real life. I also highly recommend video interviews that Resa filmed herself, interviewing some of the main characters in the novel. It is an intriguing concept. They can be found on YouTube, search for "Resa Nelson", and "Who are the Black Landers?"