|So many novels about Ancient Egypt focus on life within the royal court or royal harem. This novel was a pleasant departure for from glittering drama of a royal court. While the Pharaoh and his wives are never far from the plot of the novel, the main focus is on the tomb builder village. I have seen several documentaries featuring archaeologists and historians discussing how these tomb building villages work but I've never taken the time to read about these village. This novel gives the reader a look into the lives of the people who lived in these villages. As it turns out, they aren't any less dramatic than the royals.
The plot of the novel did take some time to get rolling but once it did, it was a nonstop ride.