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Friday, December 28, 2007

Review: Egyptian Heart

Egyptian Heart
By Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Maggie Owen's a beautiful, spirited Egyptologist…but lonely. Even a trip to Egypt on a grant to search for a necropolis beyond the Gizah pyramids doesn't make her happy. Love is missing.

Then she uncovers Ramose Nakh-Min's tomb and an amulet from his sarcophagus hurls her back to 1340 B.C.—where she falls for Ramose, who serves Pharaoh Akhenaton, and who she's destined to love. Maggie's mistaken for a runaway slave and stands out with her fair coloring and jinn green eyes. Some say she's magical. Evil. Some try
to kill her.

She's fallen into perilous times. The people, angry that Pharaoh Akhenaton set Queen Nefertiti aside and forced them to worship Aton, instead of many gods, rise up against him. And Maggie's caught in the middle of it.

Desperately in love with Ramose, she finds a way to remain with him— and to make a difference in his world. Maggie has finally found love.

This story had me entranced within the first ten pages. Every historian’s dream come true, to actually step foot back in time and live with the ones you study. Maggie Owen is a geek, and proud of it! The author made her a character you can relate with, which makes the story believable -– despite the fantastical time travel.
The only thing that bothered me about this story, was the choppiness between the dreams/reality/past & present. Maggie has a hard time deciphering between her dreams & reality and the past & present; which made some chapters harder to get into. Despite that, I had a difficult time putting down the story and cooking dinner.

I was impressed with the authors research into the Egyptian culture and history; the details, names were quite well done. This was my first book by this particular author, and I have added her to my watch list for future reading.

Review by Iris