Review of the Valley of Kings by James Arthur Anderson

I found this novel while browsing through the Kindle Unlimited Store, and I was impressed with the cover and the writing. I decided to take a look at this and I was easily immersed into this world.

The novel features some of the best depictions of the Gods. I was glad to be reading a historical fiction story set in Ancient Egypt that treated the Gods with respect. It’s not a complicated story by any chance, with demons and political pursuit and assassination. It’s more of a story of human emotion and desire reflecting how our greed leads to our demise.The novel features some of the best depictions of the Gods. It’s not a complicated story by any chance, with demons and political pursuit and assinations. It’s more of an story of human emotion and desire if need be.

The characters in this novel are also often faced with obstacles that come in their path. Sentaph is an engaging character who you will hate at first. But over time, you begin to grow a sense of admiration from him. Whereas with Kanhai, his brother, I’d say to reserve your judgment.The characters in this novel are also often faced with obstacles that comes in their path. Sentaph is an engaging character who you will hate at first. But overtime, you begin to grow a sense of admiration from him. Whereas with Kanhai, his brother, I’d say to reserve your judgement.

The novel also features some of the best dungeon scenes I have seen in a while. However, my issue with this novel was the pacing. I felt this story could have been 200-300 pages long. There were grammatical errors, and within page 87 I noted that one of the characters was called a Hittite, and in the next couple of pages that had the name changed to Persian.

Nevertheless, English isn’t my first language. For a native English, the reader may be able to find and spot errors, I would still take this book and read it for enjoyment. The Vizier in the story, Menruka needed more development in the character stage as the villain. I think there needed to be more reason behind his political scheming.

Overall, it is a rare treat to read a book on Ancient Egypt. I throughly enjoyed it and would give this a 3/5 for now. I do hope the author returns to make a good book out of this and I would urge him to fix some errors with the spelling and puncutation. If there is a sequel, sign me up!

Links: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Valley-Kings-James-Anderson-ebook/dp/B00MGYXVMW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?keywords=valley+of+the+kings+novel+james+arthur&qid=1563444761&s=books&sr=1-2-fkmr0

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James Arthur Anderson is a Professor of English at Johnston and Wales University in North Miami, Florida, USA.

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