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  1. Iset Iset says:

    Hurrah I have good reason to celebrate I read Libbie Hawker’s debut novel The Sekhmet Bed back when it was released and had mixed feelings about it It was seriously unpolished but I felt as though I could catch glimpses of great writing potential within Well you know how the old adage about too many books too little time goes I only recently had a chance to pick up with the immediate seuels rounding out Hawker’s Hatshepsut uartet and I hate to say it but they were disappointing They suffered from the same problems as the debut pacing was a big issue which in turn affected characterisation and while in places the description was inspired Hawker never seemed to let loose with it I mentioned in my reviews of those that I planned to check out her other series as I hadn’t lost hope that Hawker’s full potential could be realised but I honestly didn’t know how that was going to play out I’ve read plenty of authors whose uality remains the same book to book whether that be brilliant mediocre or downright terrible I’ve even read series where the author’s uality of writing mysteriously manages to go downhill I’m not entirely sure how – perhaps initial success led to a slackening of the editing reins and a certain overconfident apathy I haven’t read too many authors where the glint of promise amid a dubious start was realised later down the line Libbie Hawker is one of them Thank goodness What do you think I read bad books for fun? Okay writing snarky reviews is fun But what I earnestly wish for is to discover a new Pauline Gedge or Sharon Penman every time I take a chance on a new author That would be wonderfulI am so relieved and happy upon finishing this book – first in a trilogy about the Amarna period It’s like every wish I had for Libbie has come true The writing is a dream Well okay I mustn’t get carried away and gush too much – I do have one or two small areas for improvement to comment upon – but seriously this is exactly what I wanted The vivid transporting imagery that previously peeked out occasionally in the Hatshepsut uartet is consistent through the entire book; lush and imaginative and whisking me away to ancient Egypt This is what I like to see A little linguistic flex and playfulness; creative flair to keep my brain alert and engaged on every page So few authors even ones who have a good story on their hands do this but for me it is a must have to elevate a book to the upper echelons I was in raptures of delight The uality was greatThe major problems that were in evidence previously are swept away It’s evident from the rich descriptions that Hawker is finally taking her time in letting the story speak unhurried so it should come as no surprise when I saw the pacing is smooth and measured here It’s almost perfectly spot on – apart from one moment where we leap ahead to Nefertiti giving birth at the beginning of one chapter having been not even pregnant in the previous chapter It was a bit of a blip but nothing like the time jumps in the Hatshepsut uartet and it is a very sparingly used device making it much easier for me to forgive and move onThe characterisations are miles better too Multiple protagonists give the book a broader feel than the small cast of the Hatshepsut uartet lending the world much believability and scope And Hawker clearly understands the ambiguity of antagonism here in a much subtler way Her protagonists each have stories that evoke the reader’s empathy motivations which naturally place them at cross purposes without compromising that empathy and the capacity to adapt to events and forge and break alliances that keep the dynamics between them fresh and the audience interested in authentic feeling relationships based on character growth and change as opposed to static personalities in fixed roles where the story fundamentals stay the same She chooses four strong female characters as her protagonists and POVs Tiy Nefertiti Kiya and Sitamun It is glorious to see all four of them take such leading roles and come to lifeThe historical accuracy and up to date research is very much appreciated as well and I know from skipping ahead to the author’s note of the third book in this trilogy that Libbie was highly attentive to latest Egyptological developments However a caveat there are still lots of unresolved uestions about the Amarna royals and by necessity an author is forced to make choices in order to write a full story That means that Libbie’s Amarna royal family may not be your Amarna royal family I will admit that in my Egyptologist’s mind I draw different conclusions from the same scant evidence and so I envision the character personalities motivations and dynamics with one another rather differently For example I agree with Hawker’s interpretation of Akhenaten’s bodily fitness the art style being just an art style but some degree of psychological imbalance being at play But her Nefertiti is nothing like the one in my ‘most likely scenario’ To be fair it is extremely difficult to interpret Nefertiti It depends on whether you think Akhenaten was an inspired visionary or an unbalanced egotist Then you have a choice of interpreting if Nefertiti went along with it because she was greedy and ambitious desperate and scared or had been persuaded to become a true believer I personally read into the monuments depicting their unusual closeness that she was a genuine believer and loving partner – though perhaps with of a practical bent than her husband Hawker unusually paints the marriage unhappily which is a surprise but certainly an effective choice for evoking reader empathy for Nefertiti If I’m honest none of Hawker’s four protagonists are exactly as I imagine my Amarna royals with Nefertiti being the most divergent Did this ruin my immersion? I would say no Is it my ideal scenario? No But it is extremely rare that a writer’s vision will exactly tally with our own When I talk about the importance of historical accuracy to me as a reader what I really mean is first don’t put in anything stupid from a different era that clearly doesn’t belong and second historical believability I don’t mind if an author fills in the gaps of history as long as they don’t fill it in with something that is so off the wall implausible that it beggars belief So your Amarna royals aren’t the same as my Amarna royals? As long as you properly support them with logical motivations and don’t butcher the historical characterisations I’m happy to play in your sandboxSpeaking of historical accuracy I must mention one or two tiny bloopers that slipped through the net Sugar lemons and night blooming jasmine all appear the two former didn’t appear in Egypt until c 700 CE 2000 years after the Amarna era while the flower comes from the West Indies and so arrived much later still Hawker also mentions that princes couldn’t marry sisters only pharaohs but several of Ramesses the Great’s sons did do this – although after the time of Akhenaten so she can plausibly get away with thisSo to my criticisms Aside from the minor anachronism bloopers and time jump blip mentioned above if I had one criticism it was that I felt the story could have benefitted from broadening its perspective Although it was great to have four strong female protagonists I did feel like I was missing out on some key perspectives that I would’ve considered it important to include Akhenaten Ay possibly Thutmose Smenkhkare not in this book maybe but in later books when older I just feel they deserved to be protagonists and possibly Sitamun and Kiya could’ve been cut and moved to secondary characters instead as their parts weren’t as significant Not only did I think the book missed out on their perspectives but as a direct result of having four protagonists who are all ueens the story is in some degree hampered by the restrictions on the lives of these women and the importance of events happening outside their experience Put me in the throne room with Akhenaten and his advisors pleaseAlright for all those wondering I admit I still prefer Pauline Gedge’s The Twelfth Transforming I think it has that broader perspective and to be succinct it just has a darkly delicious and compelling core running through it that is tough to beat Hawker’s Amarna royals are dark but not that dark Not yet anyway But this has to be the next best take I’ve ever read Good job indeed8 out of 10

  2. Christine Christine says:

    Hawerk's Book of Coming Forth series is about the Amarna period in ancient Egypt This first chronicles the in fighting that occurs as one pharaoh passes and another rises The book is told from the relative perspectives of the women in the story the pov is third but the focus of each chapter shifts making a rather good illustration about how power or its pursuit can cost one potential allies

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    The Amarna period is one of my most favourite periods of time in Ancient Egyptian history and one that has been well served by a fairly steady stream of historical fiction about it I've ended up reading a fair amount of novels set in this time – but I've never found a novel that really satisfied me Until now If the rating wasn't enough of a giveaway I loved House of Rejoicing House of Rejoicing is the first volume in Libbie Hawker's The Book of Coming Forth By Day a series that explores the reign of Akhenaten and the rise and fall of the Aten faith This first part focuses on the last two years of Amenhotep III's reign and the first five years of Akhenaten's reign Events are told through the eyes of four royal women Tiye mother of Akhenaten and Amenhotep III's Great Royal Wife Nefertiti daughter of the ambitious Ay wife to Akhenaten Kiya a Mitanni princess married to first Amenhotep III and later Akhenaten and Sitamun daughter of Tiye and Amenhotep wed first to Amenhotep III and then Akhenaten It's tempting to compare this to Pauline Gedge's The Twelfth Transforming one of the best books I've read about Akhenaten and the Amarna period The Twelfth Transforming and House of Rejoicing both feature bleak takes on this time period and both follow the Akhenaten is crazypants crazy and a total pervert line of things And yet they're so different and do their own thing with the history involved Personally I prefer House of Rejoicing simply because I found it a enjoyable read With The Twelfth Transforming I felt I was swimming through a sea of murk and while things aren't any better for the characters in House of Rejoicing I didn't have the same sense of being buried in terrible things and surrounded by terrible peopleI credit this to Hawker's character work All of her characters come across as likeable – or at least understandable – in spite of their flaws and their sometimes terrible actions All four women frustrated andor horrified me at least one point in the novel but I still found myself liking them and hoping that they would have some type of happy ending or at least some triumph I know the history too well to get my hopes too high though I have to take a moment to praise Hawker's characterisation of Nefertiti So often I've seen treatments of Nefertiti that depict her as either a dumb beauty a ruthless schemer or an implausibly perfect ueen that it's refreshing to see her presented as a woman who was highly intelligent and incredibly powerful but not some perfect little snowflake that doesn't do anything wrong or a utterly selfish and unlikeable womanSo too did I enjoy Hawker's exploration of the relationships between all four women Tiye Kiya Sitamun and Nefertiti live in a world where a woman's status and power is derived from their closeness to the king To put another way the four women at the centre of the novel live in a world and system that constantly pits women against each otherIt would easy to write the relationships between Sitamun Nefertiti and Kiya as a rivalry They are all in competition to become the Great Royal Wife and to give Akhenaten a heir who will turn secure their position when Akhenaten is dead And yet they're never just rivals Kiya and Sitamun come across as friends and while Nefertiti holds herself at a distance to them she still views them sympathetically and the reverse also is true This is uite refreshing to read since so often historical fiction will make this kind of situation into a black and white good guy versus bad guy scenario and forget that that everyone involved is human and have their own reasons for acting as they doAs well as crafting characters that feel like real human beings the Ancient Egypt Hawker recreates is vivid and atmospheric I really do get the sense that the book takes place in Ancient Egypt at a very specific time – it's not just some generic bit of action played out in a time that could almost be anywhere There's nowhere else House of Rejoicing could take place but in Ancient Egypt no other time it could take place but Akhenaten's lifetimeI will touch on the history As I've indicated above this is one of my favourite time periods in all of history so much so not only do I have a pretty good grasp of the history I also have my own pet theories about things I've also read enough of Hawker's other historical fiction novels to feel certain that Hawker does know her stuff and typically has good reasons to diverge from historical fact for the benefit of the story With all that being said I felt very happy with the historical accuracy with the book I've professed myself on multiple occasions to be weary of the Ay as Nefertiti's father trope but Hawker's take on it was fresh and exciting so much so that I even enjoyed it Also I was very excited about seeing Mutbenret not Mutnodjmet as Nefertiti's sister – though it did make me wonder what was going to happen with the woman who would become Horemheb's Great Royal Wife is it a spoiler if we're talking about historical events that take place 3000 years ago and involve a character that hasn't yet been introduced in the novel?The one big issue for me is the role of Sitamun Hawker's Sitamun tends to contradict a lot of what is known historically about her – or at least how Sitamun is typically talked about by historians For example Sitamun was the eldest of at least four daughters of Amenhotep III and Tiye but in House of Rejoicing she's the youngest of three I'm not condemning Hawker's choice in changing things around not least because we're only a third of the way through the story but it did draw me out of the narrative for a uick 'wait what' moment House of Rejoicing is an excellent read and an exciting start to a series focused on the Amarna period I can't wait to pick up the seuel damn it not being July 31 right this second

  4. Monica Hills Monica Hills says:

    Interesting novel on the beginning of Akhenaten and Nefertti's reign This was told from several different views from women in ancient Egypt I did enjoy this novel and recommend this to anyone who loves to read about ancient Egypt

  5. Leeanna Leeanna says:

    This review originally appeared on my blog LeeannameI don’t usually review books I read for pleasure any but I had to review HOUSE OF REJOICING It’s the start of a new ancient Egyptian historical fiction series set during the Amarna period AKA when Akhenaten raised the Aten above all other gods I’m always looking for good ancient Egyptian historical fiction I’ve read a lot but I always come back to Libbie Hawker previously under the pen name LM Ironside I’ve read her Thutmoside saga 3 times so I was excited to see her tackle Akhenaten and Nefertiti I like Hawker’s books because she grounds her stories in what’s known but then makes educated diversions I also feel like I’ve travelled back in time thanks to the plethora of details and scene setting I never feel like I’m reading about modern characters with an Egyptian window dressing And then we get to the characters Hawker takes the classic Akhenaten is crazy approach but in a way that I found scary Sometimes when authors go for that angle he’s just laughable in his craziness But in HOUSE OF REJOICING Akhenaten is scary crazy And the author lays a better foundation for his craziness and focus on the Aten than I’ve read before by spending a lot of the book on the end of his father’s reign HOUSE OF REJOICING is written from the viewpoints of four women Kiya a Mitanni princess sent to wed Amunhotep Tiy Amunhotep’s Great Wife Sitamun Akhenaten’s sister And Nefertiti raised by her father to be the next pharoah’s Great Wife None of these women are fully good or bad; I liked and disliked all for various reasons and also empathized with all of them I like the way the author envisioned each of these women Nefertiti is the ambitious beauty she’s always written as but here she’s than that We see why she supports Akhenaten in his uest to glorify the Aten above all other gods Partly for her own ambition but also because she sees how dark the future could be and that supporting Akhenaten might be the only way to gain any shred of control over him And so on with each character If you like ancient Egyptian historical fiction I can’t recommend Libbie Hawker highly enough I’m already looking forward to my next read of HOUSE OF REJOICING and to the rest of the seriesSee of my reviews

  6. Em Biddle Em Biddle says:

    When approaching historical fiction set in the Amarna Period I am often left feeling an odd mix of disappointment confusion and a tad bit of repulsion The sheer lack of evidence concerning the Amarna period has opened it up to many interpretations with only a basic understanding of Ancient Egypt However Hawker vividly brings the Amarna Period to life animating its personalities locations and customs with a believable and accurate mannerI have often found that Nefertiti is often portrayed in fiction as cold cruel and vain and while Hawker does embody some of these ualities in her rendering of Nefertiti she is not all sinner The first time we are introduced to Nefertiti is through the eyes of another where she is shown as an intimidating and somewhat nasty but we soon see that this is a very real very human Nefertiti She is beautiful yes but her looks are a ‘currency’ to be traded and used for her abusive fathers socio political progression Throughout the novel we see Nefertiti grow a somewhat feisty streak which is subdued by her father via the physical abuse of her younger sister Nefertiti has an incredible arch my only criticism is it could be fleshed out There are whole periods of her life that are skipped or skimmed over the birth of her daughters is what particularly stuck out to me as one of the exceedingly vague sectionsRarely is Kiya fleshed out to the extent the House of Rejoicing does It was particularly pleasing to see that Hawker employs the theory that Kiya is also the Mitanni Princess Tadukhepa sent to marry Amenhotep III The emotion infused into Kiya in regards to the arrival in a foreign country was sincere and believable with attention to detail such as accents languages and regalia It would have been nice to have had mention of Gilukhepa the Mitanni Princess sent to Amenhotep III earlier who was perhaps Tadukepa’s Aunt Sitamun too is generally little explored as a fictional character I am excited to see where they take this character and if she will fill in any other hotly contested theories especially with the 2010 DNA test in mind Tiye was fantastic I can’t fault her as a character when I see the bust of Tiye I can automatically match it up with Hawkers characterization You can see her struggle with her ill feelings towards her son the grief of the loss of Thutmose and her struggle to protect and understand her daughter The identity of Smenkhkare is debated issue It is unknown whether he was a son of Amenhotep Akhenaten or even a foreign prince it is even possible that he was simply a courtier who made an exceedingly advantageous marriage House of Rejoicing has laid the foundations of an explanation of the Smenkhkare Issue and while it is not a theory I necessarily subscribe to on a scholarly level it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story I thoroughly enjoyed this book I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in historical fiction in particular the Amarna Period The female characters were all uite relatable non of which were entirely good or bad I am keenly awaiting the second installment and eager to see the further development of the characters and the evolution of the plot

  7. Joana Veríssimo Joana Veríssimo says:

    To be completely honest I didn't have very high hopes for this book but it was free of Play Books I was in the mood for some Historical Fiction which I used to read a lot of when I was younger and set in Ancient Egypt even made it a better option; and I just ended up really enjoying this bookThe book follows four different POVs each one belongs to a woman who is connected to Amenhotep Akhenaten in some way his mother and three wives and I just really LOVED them you get to see them evolve and change during almost 10 years; you get to see their relationships with each other and with the Pharaohs there's a big part of the book that is still with Amenhotep III as Pharaoh which was very interesting to see and a different perspective of him than what I'm used to and you just get to see how they are and how they react to certain thingsThere were uite a few interestings twists in the story and it's that way because you get POVs you know what people think it happened which is not always what truly happened that's why I LOVE multiple POVs so much and I imagine that there are even twists to people who go in blind to this historical period Just a GREAT read that surprised me D It was exciting interesting and really well done And smartly only the first book was free to hook you and now make you want to read the rest

  8. Stephanie (Bookfever) Stephanie (Bookfever) says:

    House of Rejoicing was just incredible I don't know how it's possible that I hadn't read this book yet I've had it on my Kindle for years until I randomly decided to start it and I ended up being so amazed by it Now it's my very favorite book set in ancient Egypt I want to buy the seuel as soon as I can yes it ends in a cliffhanger I gotta warn you but it's a good oneHouse of Rejoicing is set during the 18th Dynasty in the Amarna period which has always been one of my favorite periods in ancient Egypt and I'm sure it's one of the most well known periods too I mean who hasn't heard of Nefertiti and the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten at least once? I've always been super fascinated by Akhenaten and how he abandended the traditional ancient Egyptians gods for worshipping the Aten For most of the book Akhenaten is called Amunhotep IV which was his name before he changed it to what we know him as so for this review I'm going to call him Akhenaten to keep things simple since his father is also called Amunhotep IIIThe book is told in the point of view of four women from the royal court and haremTiy The mother of Akhenaten who once held the power behind the throne when her husband Amunhotep III ruledKiya A princess send from Mitanni to marry Amunhotep III and who just wants to be happy and live her lifeNefertiti The ambitious beauty who was raised to become the next Pharaoh's great wifeSitamun Tiy's daughter and Akhenaten's sister who just wants her brother to love herI loved reading about these four women so much They were written in a way that wasn't all black and white They were definitely gray characters sometimes having to do horrible things and yet I still felt for them and came to care about them as they struggled through those first years of Akhenaten's reign I was uite surprised by how sometimes the story was pretty dark I don't know why I was surprised because the ancient world was often a cruel and unforgiving place especially towards the women but I can only admire the clever writing of the author and how she didn't shy away from the tough topics I also liked how motherhood played a huge part in this novel Each main character had their own feelings and experiences with it which were all very different from one another The writing was my absolute favorite part of this book It made me feel as if I was really in ancient Egypt because of the detailed and beautiful descriptions Libbie Hawker gave us It was simply magical to read I've read short stories by her in the past but this book really made me curious to read of her work which I definitely intend to do In fact I'm already reading a different book by her that's also set in ancient Egypt So definitely expect another review soon

  9. Joey Woolfardis Joey Woolfardis says:

    Full review to follow

  10. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Update I just realized this fulfills the book published by an indie press category on the 2015 Read Harder Challenge I'm a believer in indie publishing lately Sure there's a lot of crap out there but there's arguably a lot of crap in traditional publishing houses too I'm so glad for the indie book revolution in general because I don't know if I would have gotten to read Libbie Hawker's books otherwise And they are exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for in historical fiction Haha I feel like my shelves kind of tell you my review don't they? I tore through this book the same way I've torn through all of this author's books As much as I've been looking forward to Hawker's upcoming book on Zenobia I confess I was really happy to see that she had tackled the Amarna period I've been obsessed with it ever since that 90s documentary on Who killed king Tut???? The answer over the years since increasingly seems like uh no one? But nothing has really diminished my interest in Ankhesanuman This series doesn't seem to be about her but I was happy she was the first POV at least Anyway sometimes Hawker's ancient Egypt novels kinda feel like horror in disguise as historical fiction and I love that I think in one of my reviews for the She King Books I said how I like how these books take the Egyptians' religion seriously By that same token it's always fascinating how terrifying it can be living under a divine monarchy We've seen a few generally benevolent sovereigns in these books However it really is a crapshoot for the people or should I say the rekhet and even a lot of the non royal aristocracy A system where the king claims a divine right to rule is a system that's especially ripe for the worst kind of corrupt And the House of Rejoicing is really all about exploring what happens when the mechanics of such a system prop an especially ill euipped and abusive person Literally everyone except Kiya knows Ankhenaten is bad news here but there's not really anyone can stop him Seriously it's the best kind of horror novel where all the terror comes straight from human nature Speaking of which I continue to like how Hawker explores relationships between women In Sekhmet bed I liked how things weren't so clear cut in terms of the sisters and who was right Things were even twisted and complex here These women in pluralist marriages are rarely friends in her works but it's hard to call them outright enemies And that rings a lot true than some treatments I've read Like I said in my status update I was happy that this summary treated Kiya Nefertiti and Sitamun as narrative euals In these historical fiction novels about ancient Egypt it's so common to have the story unsubtly prod you to root for one wife over the others Even in cases like this where all the women are going to lose out due to Ankhenaten's megalomania And in the case of Nefertiti a lot of books act like we should care just because what? She's the name we're most likely to recognize? And she was really really ridiculously good looking? Here Nefertiti has many dimensions here Sometimes I adored her sometimes I was horrified by her choices but I was never bored by her Same goes for Tiy to be honestI love how every adaptation agrees that Ay's a creep Because really I have some uestion marks about this book but I'm halfway through the full story and I'll see if the next novel satisfies some of the things I wonder about

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House of Rejoicing The Book of Coming Forth by Day #1 ➹ [Read] ➵ House of Rejoicing The Book of Coming Forth by Day #1 By Libbie Hawker ➼ – House of Rejoicing is Libbie Hawker's long awaited return to the lush decadence and dark power of ancient Egypt In the waning years of Egypt’s Eighteenth Dynasty when female power can only come at a House of Rejoicing is Rejoicing The Kindle × Libbie Hawker's long awaited return to the lush decadence and dark power of ancient Egypt In the waning years of House of Kindle - Egypt’s Eighteenth Dynasty when female power can only come at an unsettling price four royal women struggle against the shadowy influence of Akhenaten the infamous of Rejoicing The PDF ↠ heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten wields control of a strange emerging religion unlike anything Egypt has seen His power can’t be denied but whoever can maintain her of Rejoicing The Book of PDF \ grip on the unpredictable Pharaoh will hold all of Egypt in her hands—and better still will remain mistress of her own fate Tiy once the undisputed might behind the throne must choose to relinuish her hard won influence or manipulate the innocent in order to secure her hold on Akhenaten’s leash Kiya an idealistic foreign princess will win Akhenaten with love—if he’s capable of feeling love at all The celebrated beauty Nefertiti will use the Pharaoh for her own ends turning the tables of a deadly political of Rejoicing The Book of PDF \ game to free herself from her ambitious father’s grasp And Sitamun kept imprisoned as the Pharaoh’s plaything will defy the gods themselves to save her daughter from a similar fate.

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  • 18 September 2015

About the Author: Libbie Hawker

Libbie was born in Rejoicing The Kindle × Rexburg Idaho and divided her childhood between Eastern Idaho's rural environs and the greater Seattle area She presently lives in House of Kindle - Seattle but has also been a resident of Salt Lake City Utah; Bellingham Washington; and Tacoma Washington She loves to write about character and place of Rejoicing The PDF ↠ and is inspired by the bleak natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain region and by the fascina.