Scepter of Flint

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
384 Pages
Reviewed on 07/27/2020
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Author Biography

N.L. Holmes is the pen name of a professional archaeologist who received her doctorate from Bryn Mawr College. She has excavated in Greece and in Israel, and taught ancient history and humanities at the university level for many years. She has always had a passion for books, and in childhood, she and her cousin (also a writer today) used to write stories for fun.

The inspiration for her Bronze Age novels came with an assignment she gave to her students one day: here are the only documents we have telling us about a certain royal divorce in Ugarit in the 13th century. How much can we say about what happened? It quickly became apparent that almost anything we might come up with was as much fiction as historiography!

Today, since their son is grown, she lives with her husband, three cats and a dog. They split their time between Florida and northern France, where she gardens, weaves, plays the violin, dances, and occasionally drives a jog-cart. And reads, of course.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Scepter of Flint is a work of fiction in the historical, mystery, and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author N. L. Holmes. Continuing the fantastic series of the Lord Hani Mysteries, we once again find ourselves immersed in the world of ancient Egyptian politics, culture, and society with our favorite diplomat. The novel works as a standalone but can also be read as the third installment in Hani’s life, where we now find his daughter working as a physician whilst a deadly plague comes to the palace. Robberies take place and trusted allies fall, leaving Hani in the middle of a new mystery to unravel to bring health, peace, and power back to his nation.

Author N. L. Holmes never ceases to amaze me by the level of depth and immersion we get from the Lord Hani Mysteries series. As a massive fan of the other books, I can guarantee that readers will once again be swept into a deeply intelligent turmoil with Hani, and see his family develop their own storylines too as they take on challenges of their own. What results is another excellent mystery encompassing detailed facets of ancient life, atmospheric touches from the descriptive palaces, and other vistas of Egypt, as well as some new characters to really loathe as their evil deeds are uncovered. Overall, I would highly recommend Scepter of Flint to fans of the existing series, and the series in general to fans of in-depth, emotionally resonant and highly engaging historical mystery fiction.