Out of the Black Land

Out of the Black Land

Streaming Audiobook - 2013
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Egypt during the eighteenth dynasty is peaceful and prosperous under the joint rule of the pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV-until the younger pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams. Ptah-hotep, a young peasant boy studying to be a scribe, wants to live a simple life in a hut on the Nile River with his lover Kheperren and their dog Wolf-until Amenhotep IV appoints him as royal scribe. How long will Ptah-hotep survive there, surrounded by bitterly envious rivals and enemies? The child princess Mutnodjme sees her beautiful sister Nefertiti married off to the impotent young Amenhotep. But Nefertiti must bear royal children, so the ladies of the court devise a shocking plan. Kheperren, meanwhile, serves as scribe to the daring teenage general Horemheb. But while the pharaoh's shrinking army guards the land of the Nile from enemies on every border, a far greater menace impends, for the newly renamed Akhnaten, not content with his own devotion to one god alone, plans to suppress the worship of all other gods in the Black Land. Members of his horrified court soon realize that the pharaoh is not merely deformed but irretrievably mad and that the biggest danger to the empire is within the royal palace itself.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470836924
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (16hr., 54 min.)) : digital

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ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

Unexpectedly elevated to the rank of Great Royal Scribe, peasant boy Ptah-hotep serves the pharaoh Akhnaten -- formerly Amenhotep IV -- who has renounced Egypt's traditional pantheon in favor of the sun god Aten. Meanwhile, Ptah-hotep's lover Kheperren enters the employ of General Horemheb and observes his master's attempts to defend the Black Land. But invaders present only one threat to the realm's survival: at court, Queen Nefertiti conspires with her sister Mutnodjme to conceive a royal heir whom she can pass off as the child of her sterile husband, even as opponents of the pharaoh's religious reforms plot to end his reign. Out of the Black Land is an intricate, suspenseful study of the political machinations and courtly intrigue of Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.

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