The Son of the Sun
This story is based on the brief but remarkable reign of Akhenaten in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt, circa 1353-1335 BC. It is told as if by his half-brother, Djehuti-kheper-Ra.
The whole Akhenaten period is still a matter for conjecture and careful detective work by archaeologists and Egyptologists. I have sought clues in books and museums and in Egypt itself, studiously researching where I can, and accepting my intuition where I cannot. In the end I have followed J. R. Harris and Julia Samson in believing that Nefertiti herself reigned briefly after Akhenatens death, taking the throne name Smenhkhare. As far as I know, this is the first novel to incorporate this new research.
Though I have made this novel as close to history as is possible on the evidence we have, I found when I was writing it I became more interested in the spiritual journey of the protagonists, the journey on which we are all engaged whether we know it or not, than in the political machinations of a long dead kingdom.
The story begins with the suffering of a boy oracle, or medium, about to be sealed alive into a pyramid chamber for three days so that he may astral-travel to the realms of the gods and plead for the waters of the Nile to rise, bringing life-giving silt to the farmlands. The story follows him through his lonely despair until he becomes the honoured companion of a king and an important figure in an extraordinary revolution.
At this time, the high priests of the god Amun, brought to prominence by the female pharaoh Hatshepsut about a century before, are now rich and powerful enough to challenge a king.
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