Scarab in the Storm

The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles, Book III

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
424 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2020
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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. Salvation in the Sun (Book One) and Secrets in the Sand (Book Two) were a success. Now onward to Scarab in the Storm (Book Three). I can't wait for you to experience the history I've put into this series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Scarab in the Storm is the third book in The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles by Lauren Lee Merewether. This is a historical fiction tale that takes a look at the history of Egypt and the life of one of the most celebrated rulers of this nation. Being a king is not easy, but Tutankhamun had no idea it would be this harrowing. The once impressive nation of Egypt is crumbling and is being divided. Tutankhamun is scrambling to make sense of it all and trying to find a way to put his nation back on its feet. But he is facing deceit, doubt and political corruption every step of the way and he is not sure who he can trust. To make matters worse, his wife Ankhesenamun is convinced that their lives are in danger. Suddenly it isn’t just the crown at stake. Can Tutankhamun manage the storm and come out of it as a ruler that will go down in history books?

Scarab in the Storm is one of the most intricate, richly detailed and exceptionally well-woven books I have ever read. The execution of the narrative and the plot is excellent. The imagery, descriptions, setting, and dialogues are fitting of the time. I was sucked into the story the moment I read the blurb and I knew it was going to be an epic experience. Author Lauren Lee Merewether breathes life into Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun; you can tell she did her research on them because everything about them is believable. King Tut is smart, determined and a go-getter, he does not rely on others to get the job done for him and he gets headfirst into the conspiracies to solve them on his own. The element of political deceit is tangible and the action never stops. This is an epic story that you need to read if you are a fan of action or historical fiction.

Ruffina Oserio

Scarab in the Storm is the third book in The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles by Lauren Lee Merewether, a mesmerizing story that takes readers on an epic journey to ancient Egypt. Fans of Egyptology and the works of Christian Jacq will adore this novel. Egypt is splintered by different political interests and the new pharaoh, Tutankhamun, is determined to shape it into glory. The climate is tense, with corruption and greed infesting the minds and hearts of high-ranking officials. There are threats everywhere, but the strongest of them is one that looms ahead. Queen Ankhesenamun is striving to gain the trust of the pharaoh and be of help in making wise decisions. But can she gain Tut’s trust and be a pillar beside him, braving the difficult storm ahead?

Lauren Lee Merewether has done her homework in researching ancient Egypt and the author explores the traditions and way of life of the people with unique brilliance. The culture comes out colorfully and readers get insights into the day-to-day life of the royal family. The historical elements are scattered throughout the story and the conflict is built around a powerful conspiracy. Scarab in the Storm is written in prose that is crisp and I enjoyed how the author allows the mystery that is Egypt to come out in the narrative. The characters are elaborately developed and I enjoyed the backgrounds and the role that each plays in the story. This novel brings to life a forgotten world and unveils the beauty and trials of ancient Egypt.

K.C. Finn

Scarab in the Storm is a work of historical fiction set in Egyptian times and was penned by author Lauren Lee Merewether. This book forms the third novel in The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles, which imagines the lives of some of the most famous figures in Egyptian ancient history, especially when their society is at a potential point of political and social collapse. Boy king Tutankhamun and his queen, Ankhesenamun, have the weight of the whole kingdom on their shoulders, but their immediate concerns are different. Whilst Tut tries to fix his gaze on the big picture and the future, his wise queen spots the vicious dangers that lie much closer to home.

Author Lauren Lee Merewether is sure to captivate those who, clearly like her, are fascinated and enchanted by the complex and dangerous world of ancient Egypt and its cut-throat society. The dramatic plot of the novel is nicely wound around elements of real history and poignant constructions to relay the fraught political tensions and grisly battlefields of the time. The tension of the complex conspiracy elements keeps the suspense going and encourages readers into just one more chapter, but there’s also a strong emotional arc and some important character-defining moments for both Tut and Ankhesenamun as the story unfolds. With all these developments working alongside a stunningly atmospheric backdrop, which is almost cinematic in its description, what results is a fantastic read that no history fan should be without. Scarab in the Storm is a highly recommended novel.