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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
Paaten has been taken as a prisoner of war by Egypt’s enemies, the Hittites. He has been beaten, starved, left in the cold, tortured, sold, and his loyalty to Egypt has been tested at every turn. Still, Paaten vows to honor and uphold the principles of Ma’at, and do whatever the gods ask of him when he returns to Egypt. He pleads and prays as he endures the difficult days and although he is determined to stay loyal to himself and to Egypt, there are times when he falters. Paaten finds that, as a prisoner of enemies, the battle he faces is much more difficult to endure. Alone and unable to trust anyone in this foreign land, he struggles to get through every trial that comes his way as he dreams of finally going home. Unfortunately, his troubles just continue to grow and soon he faces his biggest hurdle in returning to Egypt: his heart. Will Paaten ever return home to Egypt and fulfill the promises he made to himself during those long, cold nights? Or will he forsake his loyalty and beliefs? Read the third prequel of Lauren Lee Merewether's debut series, The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles: Paaten's War to find out!
Lauren Lee Merewether has done it again! I have read another brilliant and exciting work from The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles. Paaten’s journey is harrowing and full of dangers and pain. I hurt for him as I read through his suffering and struggles, I felt anger at the Hittites for their unabashed cruelty, and I longed for Paaten to go home with every prayer and plea I read. Paaten’s courage and unwavering loyalty are traits that I admire about him. He meets people like him while he is in captivity, people who have been taken as trophies or bought as slaves. However, unlike him, these men had all made the choice to live in luxury and turn their backs on their homes by assimilating into the heathens that were the Hittites. They betrayed their homes and themselves, broken by the pain of torture or greedy for promised riches. Understandably, there were times when even Paaten’s resolve faltered but he pushed through and did all he could to escape. I admire him greatly for his determination and strength of will. Paaten’s War is an ingenious historical fiction novel with a solid story structure and a distinctive plot that would capture anyone’s attention from the very first chapter. Merewether introduces the readers to Hittite and Egyptian culture with ease that quickly captured my interest. I got pulled along by the story, fascinated by the plot, the memorable characters, and the fascinating historical setting. Overall, I found this book to be incredible and I enjoyed reading it! Thank you!