Wife of Ay

A Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel (The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Prequel Collection Book 2)

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
244 Pages
Reviewed on 12/01/2020
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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

Lauren Lee Merewether’s Wife of Ay is the second prequel to the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles. Temehu’s mother, Nefertkau, wants to find her a wonderful husband: a person who would put a light in her daughter’s eyes, someone who would answer the question ‘how will you show your love to her’ with something other than the standard duties of a husband. Temehu’s reputation for her beauty and status have traveled far and wide and sons of nobles send her letters in hopes of being lucky enough to wed her. Unfortunately, none of her suitors has captured Temehu’s interest and although she still has two years before society views her to be abnormal for being unmarried, time flies faster than she initially thought as troubles begin to dog her life.

I have already read Lauren Lee Merewether’s The Valley Iris so I was excited and basically bouncing in my seat when I saw Wife of Ay! Lauren Lee Merewether’s second prequel to the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles is a moving, heartrending tale of Temehu’s love and life as she tried to navigate through the snarling teeth of the noblewomen while trying to be true to her heart. Temehu was such a strong character who shouldered so much after experiencing so much tragedy and sorrow. The problems and despair she faced through the years clearly took a toll on her but she persevered and for that, she has my respect! Temehu made mistakes in her life and she tried her best to atone for some of them; however, she continued to experience pain as a consequence of her prior actions. I could feel her devastation through the pages, I knew she felt like the world always seemed to be against her and her sorrow made my chest hurt. I cried with her as she endured loss, suffering, and belittlement by the shallow nobility, trying to carry everything on her own, not wanting to trouble the people she loved.

Overall, I found this book to be absolutely amazing, outstanding, memorable, and extraordinary! The pacing and plot were incredible, I read the entire thing in one sitting! The characters’ growth throughout the entire book added depth to the story, each one had an important role to play in creating such a remarkable tale. Honestly, Wife of Ay is just a breathtaking book and it was an emotional roller coaster ride. The ending left me with a bittersweet feeling. Wife of Ay is truly, absolutely phenomenal. Ten out of ten and I will definitely read it again!

K.C. Finn

Wife of Ay is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, interpersonal drama, and emotional coming of age sub-genres, and was penned by author Lauren Lee Merewether. Written as part of the prequel series of the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles, this second book continues the events of Paaten's War from book one, Salvation in the Sun. In ancient Egypt in the time of the forgotten kings, we find ourselves following the trials and tribulations of Temehu. Great expectations weigh on her in terms of her marriage and future, but this young woman has deep concerns that plague her almost as much as the gossipmongers and new family members she must endure.

Author Lauren Lee Merewether delivers another fantastic and engaging slice of ancient history with this immersive and emotive novel. One of the things which I really admire about Merewether’s work is her ability to take figures from history and get into the core of their humanity, thereby making them highly relatable to us in contemporary times. Temehu is a deep-feeling young woman with much for us to empathize with, and as we root for her through thick and thin, the story develops into a powerful metaphor for what we all truly want in our lives. I also found the setting and atmosphere to be superbly well-crafted, with all the little details that bring ancient times to life vividly. Overall, I would highly recommend Wife of Ay for fans of the genre and time period, but also to those who love emotive coming of age tales filled with timeless emotion.

Grant Leishman

Wife of Ay by Lauren Lee Merewether is a prequel to her trilogy The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles. The prequel introduces readers to Temehu, the daughter of Nomarch Paser, a high-ranking citizen in the Egyptian hierarchy. When we first meet Temehu, she is thirteen years old and her mother is planning to find a suitable husband befitting a family in such high standing. Temehu and her mother, however, have been struggling to find a suitor who meets her mother’s special requirements. Regardless, Temehu has no desire to marry anyone other than her beloved childhood friend, Ay. The problem is that by the time she recognizes that Ay is her one true love, he is already betrothed to someone else. When Temehu’s beloved mother dies unexpectedly and her father remarries a woman Temehu despises, she is determined to claim her Ay from his betrothed, despite the inherent scandal of doing so. This story chronicles the struggles and trials this pair will face as they try to navigate the gossip and scandal of Egyptian high society, as well as fulfilling their dream to have a child, especially a daughter who would be earmarked to marry the son of the Emperor’s First Queen, who just happens to be Ay’s sister. This story takes us inside the family lives of the Egyptians during a period lost to history’s annals for three millennia.

I have always been a great fan of fiction based around the Egyptian civilization, their gods, and their pharaohs. Wife of Ay certainly fills that niche for me. Author Lauren Lee Merewether has written a short but sweeping tale of family life for upper-class society in this period of Egyptian history. Temehu was a character that was easy to feel empathy with and sympathy for. As a thirteen-year-old, she made a silly decision (for the right reasons perhaps) to push Ay away and she suffered greatly over the years to come for that choice. The pain and anguish she felt resonated through the pages and one couldn’t help but sympathize. I particularly enjoyed the sharp and vitriolic relationship between Temehu and her stepmother, who was beautifully portrayed as a money-grubbing, you-know-what. Because of the length of the story, it is an easy and satisfying read from an author who clearly has an excellent grasp of language and story construction. I read it in one sitting and it strikes me as the perfect book to while away a wet afternoon by the fire. If the intention of a prequel is to suck the reader into wanting to read more and indeed the author’s entire series, this prequel worked magnificently. I am dying to know what happens to Temehu and Ay’s little daughter, whose name I won’t give away, as that would definitely be a spoiler. I intend to read more of this author’s work and I can highly recommend this book as an excellent introduction to Merewether and her version of ancient Egypt.