The Son of the Sun
by Moyra Caldecott (Sample Chapters)

Contents | Chapter 1



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 Akhenaten’s 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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