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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Sun at Twilight is a work of fiction in the historical, interpersonal drama, and thriller sub-genres, and was penned by author N. L. Holmes. As the fourth book in the Empire at Twilight series, the work is intended for the mature reading audience but does not contain excessive or graphic content. We find ourselves back in the ancient Hittite Empire, where a newcomer to the throne, Tudhaliya IV, finds a challenge to his position and, worst of all, it comes from one of his dearest, closest people. What results is an intriguing tale of political conspiracy amongst those in line for the throne, but also a heartfelt and heart-wrenching drama of friendship, sacrifice, and duty.
Having read many of author N. L. Holmes’s historical works over the years, I know that I will never be disappointed by the lush, atmospheric worldbuilding and the way the author always brings to life lesser-known facets of civilization in glorious detail. In this story, I found the tension between the two central male figures really exciting and bittersweet, and it was penned with a keen sensitivity for the protagonist being pulled in all directions by his position and his heart. I also felt that the dialogue was an essential part in layering the story with different whispers, conspiracies, and thrilling moments, whilst also letting the audience read between the lines for the emotional cues behind the words, which was cleverly done. Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Sun at Twilight for fans of the existing series, and the author in general for those who enjoy vibrant ancient history with relatable emotional drama.