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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Blue Gold by Lindsay Townsend

Blue Gold by Lindsay Townsend
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (370 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Ancient Egypt, 1560 B.C.

Ruling Upper Egypt from Thebes, Pharaoh Sekenenre has many enemies. Aweserre, whose grandfather seized the crown of Lower Egypt. Kamose and Ahhotpe, his son and daughter, who plot to rule in his place. And, most dangerous, the storm-god Set.

It is a time of famine. To prosper a man must be civilized and ruthless. Ramose, priest and Vizier, is all of these. Kasa, a farmer, must learn to be like him to survive. Neith, wife of Ramose, is driven, first to drink, then to courage. Hathor, who killed her son, finds love, desertion, then a second chance at love. Tiyi, the gentle masseuse, is desired by many, but desires only one.

Watched by the gods of Egypt, the conflict reaches its climax in war. The pyramids, a thousand years old when the story begins, play a crucial part.

Behind all is the god, Set, with his question: 'What am I?'

[Epic Historical Romance. Contains non-consensual sex and sex between half-siblings.]

A sweeping epic set in ancient Egypt, this story encompasses life as it was lived then, told masterfully by Ms. Townsend. Her style is a little drawn out, but the detail is luxuriously embedded in a story so compelling the reader will not want the book to end.

What I love most about Ms. Townsend’s prose is the ability to give the reader an almost holographic entry into life and times long past. You smell the fear, feel the passion, the frustration and anger, and burn under a hot, unforgiving sun, among other delightful stirrings of the senses.

The story could have been shorter. Given the length and depth of the piece, I got lost more than once in the maze of people and places, the number of which makes the story at times difficult to follow.

All in all, Ms. Townsend gives us a well-researched, believable tale. Her talent is phenomenal and the breadth and scope of her work is to be applauded. I look forward to more of her work.