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A major new talent bursts upon the scene with a dazzling tale of momentous adventure and unexpected love.Fans of literate fantasy will revel in the delights of this enthralling tale, which brims with sharp, vivid characterizations and enough plot twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Definitely a collector's item.

Chloe Kingsley, a Dallas artist, comes to Egypt to celebrate her sister's recent acquisition of a Ph.D. in archeology. But, as she wanders the hallways of the legendary temple at Karnak, a strange compulsion leads her to a small room...a moment of dizziness and...

She wakes in 1452 BCE as RaEmhetepet, a priestess of HatHor during the reign of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Initially unable to speak, she is placed in the care of Lord Cheftu, a brilliant physician and her former betrothed, and sent to the court of the pharaoh's nephew, Thutmose III.

The ambitious heir, however, has more to worry about than a seemingly mad priestess. Somehow he must find a way to deal with the troublesome leader of the rebellious Hebrew slaves demanding that Egypt let them go into the desert to worship their God. And as Egypt is plunged into chaos, Chloe and Cheftu fulfill a destiny beyond their wildest imaginings.

(Mar., 420 pp., $22)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer