The Valley Iris

A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel (The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection Book 1)

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
218 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2020
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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. 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 Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite

The Valley Iris is the first book in A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection by Lauren Lee Merewether. Tey, daughter of Rai, has envisioned her future for a long time. She imagines herself as a good wife to Woser, son of Theshen and Senisonbe. She imagines herself in a happy, loving marriage with him, surrounded by their loving children. What she did not imagine was to be rejected by Theshen and Senisobe, even though their two families were the closest of friends despite their difference in statuses. Tey thought they would approve of Woser’s intention to marry her, but, apparently, she is not good enough in their eyes. Tey is confused, heartbroken, and angry towards Woser for not fighting for their love. She is angry with Woser’s family for their prejudice against hers and with her mother for being on Foreman Theshen’s side. Tey tries to move on with Bek, a kind young man who is willing to wait for her, but moving on from her love for Woser is no easy feat. Tey’s jealousy and pain over the whole ordeal uncover a long-kept secret that will change her life as she knows it.

Tey, daughter of Rai, the protagonist of this novel, is an admirable, strong woman who is greatly affected by the sins of her parents. She goes through so much just to survive in an unkind world. Her reaction and confusion to Theshen and Senisobe’s rejection of Woser’s intention to marry her is understandable and I could feel the resulting heartache and fury through the pages. I felt angry and betrayed on her behalf when she found out the truth. The suffering she experiences cut through my heart and I wished greatly for her safety as she battles her inner demons and against the provoked mob. I was with the protagonist through every up and down and I sympathized with her. Honestly, this book caught me hook, line, and sinker. The Valley Iris relentlessly pulled me through its pages. The emotions it evoked in me were deep and unforgettable. Every character was memorable in their own way, they all played an important role and elevated the plot to greater heights. The Valley Iris is truly riveting and mesmerizing. Lauren Lee Merewether’s narrative delivers the emotions of the characters and effectively describes the setting, adding depth and easy visualization. Overall, a spectacular and noteworthy historical novel! Outstanding job!

Teresa Syms

Tey, known lovingly as The Valley Iris to her mother and father, is desperately in love with her lifelong friend, and they have promised to marry. However, everything changes as she comes of age. Her life is thrown into turmoil, and family lies and secrets are exposed. No one can predict what happens next. When her fiancé rejects her at the insistence of his parents, whom Tey believed loved her like a daughter, her life becomes a whirlwind of emotions. Her parents assure her that Bek is a better choice of husband for her, but Bek’s mother has other plans. What will become of Tey once the secrets are out? Will she be able to pick herself up and carry on or is it too late for her to find love and happiness? Lauren Lee Merewether writes a compelling story set in the New Kingdom of Egypt. The Valley Iris: A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel takes the reader back to ancient times and the struggles of daily life for its people.

Lauren Lee Merewether’s The Valley Iris transports the reader back to ancient Egypt. Our heroine Tey has just come of age and dreams of the day she can marry. Her plans for a good life suddenly come crashing down around the entire family when a long-hidden secret is exposed. Her only chance at life comes with a terrible cost, but a price she gladly accepts. Merewether’s story of Tey is a heartwarming tale of struggle, love, deception, and resurrection. The Valley Iris is a wonderfully written story, filled with details of life set in ancient Egypt. The reader walks the path with Tey as she struggles daily to find the meaning of her life. Every reader will find themselves walking the roads of ancient Egypt, as the protagonist desperately tries to find her place in the world. Well written, a great story, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

K.C. Finn

The Valley Iris is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, forbidden romance, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Lauren Lee Merewether. Written as a prequel to the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles book series, the work is largely suitable for all reading audiences, though it does depict some customs which might seem unsuitable in our modern times. In this story, we meet Tey, a young woman who is determined to be with the man she loves, but finds out too late exactly why such a union would spell disaster. What results is a powerful test of character and strength as Tey struggles to find her place as a new adult in the New Kingdom of Egypt.

Author Lauren Lee Merewether really captivates audiences in this unique story about coming of age, and what it would mean to do so during this fascinating ancient historical period. One of the things which I really enjoyed about Tey as a central protagonist was how relatable she still is to modern audiences because of the full range of emotional expressions that the author gives her, and her outlook as she tries to discover and understand the world around her. This gives us a unique perspective to learn about ancient Egypt and the many trials and tribulations there, and the short form of this novel provides plenty of emotive twists to keep us engrossed. Overall, I would highly recommend The Valley Iris for any reader looking to get into this historical fiction period and those who already adore it.