King's Daughter

A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Complement (The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Complement Collection)

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
386 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2021
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Author Biography

Howdy! My name is Lauren. I have earned the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Historical Fiction Finalist medal and a nomination for the Montaigne Medal. I love watching the History channel, the Science channel, etc. because I love to see what new finds the world of archaeology has come across in their digs and the new theories that emerge. The recent consolidation of King Tut's treasures sparked the idea for The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles series and led to countless hours of detailed research to write these books. I can't wait for you to experience the history I've put into this series and its prequel and complement collections.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

King's Daughter by Lauren Lee Merewether is part of the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Complement Collection. Nefertiti’s daughter, Nefe, is on the run from her home after her mother was betrayed and murdered. Her sister has abandoned her and she needs to get away from a madman who wants the throne and will stop at nothing to get it. She flees with Nefertiti’s steward, General Paaten, and a man called Atinuk into the unknown. Nefe needs to trust the people she is with but they all have secrets they keep from one another. Can she pick up the pieces and start again in Canaan as a refugee? And will her companions prove to be faithful to her?

King’s Daughter by Lauren Lee Merewether was a fascinating historical read, a kind of coming of age story set in ancient Egypt. It is a complex story, with a deep plot and some interesting characters. An action-packed story, this is all about survival against all odds. The main characters were exceptionally well-developed and the story was paced and flowed smoothly. The tale is told in easy to understand language, making it simple to keep up with. If you love historical novels, you will love this one. The author demonstrates a clear passion for this period, with plenty of historical detail that brought the story to life. With such descriptive prose, it wasn’t hard to fall into this story and be transported to the heat and sands of the Egyptian desert. Wonderful story, I really enjoyed it.

Heather Osborne

King’s Daughter: A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Complement by Lauren Lee Merewether is an ancient historical fiction novel set in Egypt. Containing the undertones of a coming-of-age story, Nefe, daughter of Pharaoh Nefertiti, must flee the only home she has ever known as her mother is brutally betrayed and murdered. Spirited away by the loyal General Paatan, Nefe, along with a man who claims to be an ally and her mother’s steward, the unlikely group must find their way out of Egypt, lest Nefe is taken by those who have killed her mother and made to suffer the same fate. However, young Nefe is confused, angry, and mourning the loss of her family. Will she be able to come to terms with all that has happened, or will her grief envelop her and leave her unable to thrive in a new land?

I am a particular fan of novels that take place in ancient Egypt, especially ones with a very human element, as is found in King’s Daughter by Lauren Lee Merewether. I found Nefe mildly infuriating, however, with very few qualities to redeem herself. Her behavior toward Paatan and her mother’s steward was, at times, absolutely deplorable, but there is some excuse in that she was mourning. Personally, I found the most likable character to be Paatan. I felt he dominated the story, despite the premise being that it was about Nefe’s journey. His experiences made him the character I wanted to watch and root for. However, this novel will appeal to fans of ancient historical fiction, and I did appreciate the note at the back explaining a bit more about the circumstances in which the novel was set. I would be keen to read other books by Merewether, who very clearly has a passion for this time period in history.

Jennifer Ibiam

The fight for the throne continues in this installment of A Lost Pharoah Chronicles titled King’s Daughter by Lauren Lee Merewether. Pawah gained access to the palace and used the Pharaoh’s trusted royal guard to eliminate her. Nefertiti, the Pharaoh, knew that the day would come when her life would be taken. She prepared by entrusting the lives of her two daughters, Nefe and her sister, into the hands of her friend and confidant, General Paaten. The instruction was to take them to a faraway land in the guise of common citizens, so they can start afresh. However, the road to freedom isn’t without its struggles when your dearest are saboteurs. Will General Paaten and the two girls make it out of the palace alive? Is the General as loyal as Pharaoh Nefertiti thought?

King’s Daughter by Lauren Lee Merewether is a fantastic historical novel that will appeal to lovers of archaeology. Set in ancient Egypt and the surrounding lands of Canaan, Goshen, Nubia, and more, this book is a thorough blend of fact and fiction. King’s Daughter is a tale of survival, wit, deceit, trust, greed, and sacrifice. The plot of this story was unique and felt so real, showing me ancient Egypt through the eyes of Nefe and Paaten. The development was perfect, and the characters were consistent with their moods. I enjoyed the simple writing style and flowing dialogue. Lauren also included glossaries at the beginning and end of the novel, which helped with understanding the titles and languages. This story was engaging, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Nefe and Paebel.

Rabia Tanveer

King's Daughter: A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Complement is the second book in The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Complement Collection by Lauren Lee Merewether. The story follows the life of Nefe, the daughter of Nefertiti who had to drastically change her life to survive. When Nefertiti was murdered, Nefe, the Pharaoh's daughter, had no other option but to run for her life. Accompanied by General Paaten and Atinuk, Nefe started her journey to the foreign land of Canaan, where she knew no one. However, Nefe could not trust anyone, not even Paaten and not Atinuk. With her whole life shattered, Nefe had to hope for the best and pray that the people of Canaan would not ask too many questions. What will happen to Nefe? Will she safely make it to Canaan? Or will she meet her demise before she reaches safety?

The Lost Pharoah Chronicles series blew me away with its complex plots and incredible characters. I had high hopes of Lauren Lee Merewether delivering a similar experience with King's Daughter. However, it was not the same; it was infinitely better. This time, the story was more complex. Nefe's character was compelling. She was innocent in all this mess, yet she had to make decisions that she never thought she would. She literally to mature mentally and physically if she wanted to survive. This struggle for survival, the fear that her protector would turn on her, and the unpredictability of finding shelter in Canaan all shaped Nefe into a strong woman. The narrative was perfectly paced, the action was always present, and the descriptions made me feel like I was in Egypt with Nefe. Intricate, descriptive, and entertaining! It is a novel I highly recommend.

K.C. Finn

King’s Daughter is a work of fiction in the ancient 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 owing to some moderate violence and adult thematic content, and it forms part of The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Complement Collection of novels, but can be read as a standalone if you don’t mind mild spoilers elsewhere. Our protagonist is Nefe, daughter of the infamous Nefertiti, who flees for her life when her family is torn apart by death and betrayal. What results is a harrowing coming of age tale of a young woman rebuilding her life and moving from the status of princess to refugee.

Having read many of the fantastic books in the Lost Pharoah Chronicles over the years, I am always delighted to engage with another touching and realistic drama from author Lauren Lee Merewether, who has once again crafted a knockout work of fiction with plenty of pathos, grit, and inspiration to offer readers. Nefe's is quite a journey as a protagonist ripped from an idyllic life and thrown into the lands of Canaan, which were deftly described with cinematic detail. The new cast of characters (and some more familiar faces) in this tale never cease to captivate with their enigmatic dialogue and double-edged presence, making for a plot that was impossible to predict and very exciting throughout. Overall, I would highly recommend King’s Daughter to fans of detailed ancient historical fiction, realistic characters with deep emotions, and to fans of the existing series everywhere.