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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Secrets in the Sand is a work of historical fiction set in ancient Egypt and was penned by author Lauren Lee Merewether. Forming the second novel in the Lost Pharaoh Chronicles, this sweeping political and personal drama follows the ensuing chaos as the eve of war lands on Nefertiti and those closest to her. As the people of Egypt fall into disarray over the endless fighting, enemies gather at the borders, ready to strike and take the country at its weakest. But when murder strikes first, and at the most unimaginable time, the response is swift and shocking as the queen attempts to keep her country stable.
Fans of political and bloodthirsty dramas like Game of Thrones are sure to dive right into the conspiracy and murder amongst the pages of Secrets in the Sand in just the same, compelling way. Author Lauren Lee Merewether writes with authenticity and lavish detail, bringing the ancient world to life in living color and texture through the bold descriptions. More than this, the sensibilities of the characters strike chords with modern themes, particularly as the powerful but struggling Queen Nefertiti battles to keep control and balance out her nation. The personal story arc of the royals and their enemies is well delivered against a more wide-reaching backdrop of war, succession, and control, and when both storylines converge it produces a page-turning frenzy to the conclusion that readers will devour. Overall, Secrets in the Sand is a superb continuation of a fantastic and immersive historical series.