Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

The 18th Dynasty

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
407 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2015
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Author Biography

Terrance Coffey is an award-winning author, screenwriter, composer and songwriter with a predilection for Egyptian history. He has written numerous short stories, screenplays, television pilots, and even Coca-Cola music jingles. Born in Chicago Illinois, his debut novel 'VALLEY OF THE KINGS:The 18th Dynasty' is an Amazon #1 Bestseller.
2017 National Indie Excellence Awards FINALIST
2017 International Book Awards FINALIST
2016 International Pacific Book Award WINNER Best Historical Fiction

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty by Terrance D. Coffey is the historical saga of one of the most controversial pharaohs to ever come to power in Egypt. Amenhotep III had built a powerful dynasty, ruling Egypt with a firm hand. When his son and heir, Tuthmosis, dies in battle, there is only one left to rule as Amenhotep’s heir: his deformed second son, Teppy. With his mother behind him, Teppy marries the beautiful Nefertiti. Along with their marriage comes a religious conflict unlike any other. Unimpressed with the god of his father, Amun, Teppy urges a conversion to Aten, taking on the name Akhenaten. Moving from the old capital of Thebes, Akhenaten forms a new city with Nefertiti by his side. Their reign is doomed with illness and suspected vengeance by the priests of old. When Akhenaten passes, the most well-known pharaoh, Tutankhamun, rises to power. However, someone close to the family lurks in the shadows, waiting to strike.

Mr. Coffey has portrayed the 18th Dynasty in story fashion, applying a personal touch to the legends of Egyptian history. I enjoyed reading this saga, having always been fascinated by Egyptian history and culture. I would have liked to see more about the distinction between gods Amun and Aten, but I was aware of the early attempt to have people worship one god. I do hope Mr. Coffey goes on to write other story-like histories of the Egyptian dynasties. Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty by Terrance D. Coffey is a great novel for someone wanting to learn a bit of history, but who doesn’t want to go through dense historical texts.