Salvation in the Sun

The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles, Book I

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
368 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2018
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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.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

Salvation in the Sun: Book One of The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles is a historical fiction novel by Lauren Merewether. The story is set in the religiously and politically turbulent, though artistically unique, Amarna period of ancient Egypt. It tells the story of Pharaoh Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten and Nefertiti, his iconic chief wife, queen, and eventually co-pharaoh, from her birth until the end of his reign. Nefertiti faces difficult challenges, both as a wife and a queen, as her husband proves increasingly incapable of ruling, culminating in the failing economic, political, and military strength of Egypt. As the people rebel against the overturning of their ancient Egyptian religion and threaten the throne, Nefertiti faces a terrible choice. Merewether also provides an Afterword in which she discusses historical aspects of this period, which was for a time erased from the annals of Egyptian history.

If you’re a fan of all things ancient Egyptian, from Nefertiti’s bust to King Tut’s tomb, this book is for you. Second to Cleopatra, Nefertiti is the most recognized queen of ancient Egypt. In Salvation in the Sun, Merewether provides a very believable construction of the family relationships and the political and religious happenings during Nefertiti’s childhood, her marriage as a teenager, and the many years she sat beside her husband, and at times in place of him, on the throne of a very large and powerful empire. Nefertiti’s inner emotional lens shapes the focus of the story and provides the predominant tone. Although the narrative started out slow for me, it quickly picked up its pace and proved engaging and suspenseful until the very end.

NB - Amazon customer

Fantastic book that brings Egypt to life. I have learned more in this book than at any museum I've been to. The level of research that was put into this is astounding. The characters come to life and carry you on a journey through their lives. Highly recommend.

Neita Campbell

Historical Fiction at its best!!! A riveting book that brought history alive! I was totally engaged with the characters and captivated with Nefertiti's journey! If you love historical fiction, this book is a must read!!!

Ashley Manley

This book is amazing- I don’t usually read historical fiction but I was pleasantly surprised by how much it sucked me in. The story is well written and I couldn’t set it down, I had to know what happened to Nefertiti!


I am overwhelmed and intrigued by this author's ingenious and imaginative writing! I am not usually a book reader. but, this book has really held my attention and interest. My husband and I have visited Egypt and experienced a lot of it firsthand including seeing artifacts and etc, so is helping me to understand it more. It actually gives me more insight concerning the rare small profile statue of Nefertiti's existence! If you like Egyptian history, you will love this book! I recommend it highly!


It is a great and entertaining read. If you enjoy historical fiction especially those about Ancient Egypt, this book is a must read. You are pulled into the story and you want to know what happened to Nefertiti. I can't wait to read the next book of the series

Amazon Customer

This book pulled me in from the very beginning and kept my attention all the way to the end. I cannot wait for the next book! The author has a way of making the characters come alive on the page and making you feel their pain, joys, and sorrows. Definitely recommend this book!

Rachel G

I have always loved studying Ancient Egypt, but never have I read such a compelling story that I couldn't put down. The author makes it easy to identify with the characters. You'll be pulled in and intrigued from the very beginning and you will not be disappointed with this book. It is so good!!!

Joy Sephton

A beautifully written story, and a compelling ride back in time to the world of Nefertiti. If you're into ancient Egyptian history, or if you know nothing about it, this is a great read - I learnt a lot and enjoyed every moment of it! Warning: I was also inspired to get onto the internet and read more about this period and the next, and the next... I would recommend this book and I'm looking forward very much to the author's next one.

Lisa Jo

A skillfully crafted must-read! Salvation in the Sun is a historical novel about ancient Egypt that will draw you into that world and keep you fully engaged. The author has done extensive research to create a realistic and believable portrayal of a time long forgotten. I am eagerly awaiting Book 2 of The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles!

Jimmy Smith

For me, history used to be boring. In fact I didn’t even like historical fiction. . .until now! Buckle up before you start reading, because once Lauren gets going, it’s too late. She’s so creative when adding story and life to the history that’s been blacked out. Read on. You’ll love it!

Aimee Ann - Red Headed Book Lover Blog

"Lauren Lee Merewether draws us in with astounding characterization, a mesmerizing storyline, and beautifully crafted detailing that transcends beyond the printed word...a masterpiece recreation of the life and world surrounding Nefertiti that will thrill and amaze any reader!"