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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Egypt's Second Born is a work of fiction in the historical, interpersonal drama, and family saga sub-genres, and was penned by author Lauren Lee Merewether. The work is intended for the mature reading audience and forms the fifth part of the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection. Our protagonist in this new and highly immersive Egyptian adventure is Amenhotep, a young prince in the shadow of his brother, who feels constantly overlooked despite beating the odds to even survive in the difficult world in which he was raised. As Amenhotep navigates coming of age and settling into princehood, we discover the rocky journey of two brothers on the road to reconciliation.
Author Lauren Lee Merewether has crafted another highly compelling historical family drama that has plenty of highs, lows, and relatability to offer its readers. One of the things which never ceases to amaze me when I review Merewether’s works is the innate sense of humanity that runs through her characters, drawing parallels with modern emotions so that we can relate to lives quite unlike our own. Amenhotep is a flawed and vulnerable young man with deep complexity and a lot of persecution on him from all sides, which makes for very compelling drama and plot dynamics. The author makes the most of every moment and, when set amongst the immersive and descriptive locales of daily life in Ancient Egypt, it makes this tale all the more atmospheric and compelling to escape into. Overall, I would recommend Egypt's Second Born to fans of vivid historical writing, deep and emotive dramas, and Egyptophiles everywhere.