The Fifth Prophet

A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel (The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection Book 4)

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
266 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2021
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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 collection.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Fifth Prophet is a work of fiction in the historical, coming of age, and thriller sub-genres, and was penned by author Lauren Lee Merewether. The work is intended for the mature reading audience and contains scenes which some reader may find upsetting, including reference to animal cruelty and domestic abuse, as pertaining to the historical context. As the fourth novel in The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection, we find ourselves once again immersed in Merewether’s incredible Egyptian world of dark intrigue. Our protagonist this time is Pawah, a young man with power and glory on his mind, who finds himself able to subvert the sympathy and discrimination he faces to feed his own greed.

Author Lauren Lee Merewether has crafted a highly immersive and character-driven work of fiction with plenty of dark dramatic twists to offer its readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was its ability to allow readers to follow the rise of a villain with such close emotion, investment, and even sympathy for this devilish character. I for one was captivated by Pawah’s charm and intrigued by the ways he wove himself into a new society. As always with this collection of works, the worldbuilding was superb and included fine details of culture and daily life, whilst also painting the gorgeous, atmospheric backdrop of ancient Egypt preparing to face some of its truly darkest days. Overall, I would highly recommend The Fifth Prophet to fans of historical thrillers, emotive and dark origin stories, and for Egyptophiles everywhere.

Jessica Barbosa

The Fifth Prophet is book four of the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection by Lauren Lee Merewether. The story circles around a peculiar, ungrateful youth with dark intentions named Pawah. His father, Yotefseneb, is wary of him and thinks he is not like other sons. He can clearly see that Pawah lies to get what he wants, but his wife, Ast, is determined to be on their son's side. Pawah does not love either of his parents. He merely sees them as obstacles in his life but he is willing to use them for his benefit. He plays the grateful son when he is given the chance to go to school and become a scribe, but he has no intentions of repaying his parents for their efforts to give him a better life. He embarks on a journey to Waset, determined to do all he can to achieve the rich life he feels he is owed. How far will Pawah go for power and gold?

Lauren Lee Merewether has created a unique and mesmerizing story that features a villain's perspective. With Merewether's astounding ability to capture the reader's interest from the very first page, I was taken on an unforgettable roller coaster ride. Pawah has all the characteristics of a great villain: manipulative, deceitful, and only interested in his own well-being. He sees everyone as a pawn or a stepping stone, judges their value on whether they could be manipulated easily or if they could be of use to him. On behalf of Pawah's victims, I felt so frustrated and helpless. I had my fingers crossed the whole time, hoping that they would eventually see through his facade before it was too late for them. Truly The Fifth Prophet twists the heart and gives a unique insight into a villain's mind and motives. The entire story has evoked such strong, complicated emotions and reactions in me. I have never hoped so much for the downfall of a book's main character! (Curse your heart to Ammit, Pawah!) Overall, I found the entire book to be extraordinary! It is absolutely memorable because of its careful details, beautiful settings, and super characters. Thank you so much for this amazing reading experience!

Rabia Tanveer

The Fifth Prophet is the fourth book in The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection by Lauren Lee Merewether. The story follows young Pawah who leaves his home behind to start a better chapter in his life. Coming from a poor family, Pawah wants to become a scribe at the temple of Amun. So, he travels to Waset to do just that. However, Waset is the place for the wealthy and not very appreciative of a boy who has nothing to his name. But he soon figures out that he has a way with words, and if Pawah plays it right, he will no longer be poor with no money to his name. As he grows older, his greed for power and riches grows as well. And that marks the beginning of a man who will go to whatever lengths to get what he wants and get it however possible.

I am a huge fan of author Lauren Lee Merewether and The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles. She creates the most diverse universe and characters that take readers to a new level. As expected, the story is intricate, richly detailed with some of the most picturesque descriptions and character development that only a writer of her caliber can deliver so effortlessly. Pawah’s story is jarring yet moving at the same time. A young boy with nothing to his name comes to a strange city, and his head turns after witnessing the riches the city has to offer. The author takes us into his mind, makes us live Pawah’s thoughts and how he operates. There is power in the narrative, the plot has an energy that seeps through each word, and of course, the background is so realistic that you will feel like you are in the moment with Pawah. It is a whole sensory experience that you should experience at least once in your life. I absolutely loved it.