Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Review: Loxur:Book of Past Lives by:Julie Bettendorf
About the Book:
Set against the rich tapestry of ancient Egypt, Luxor: Book of Past Lives is the story of Nebamun and Iramen, two brothers who are embalmers in Egypt during the era of the boy king, Tutankhamun. It is their duty to prepare the many bodies of the dead who land on their embalming table for a journey into the afterlife. Paralleling this ancient tale is the story of two different brothers, Abdul and Karim, who make their living by robbing the ancient tombs of Egypt in the late 1800's, when the theft and sale of artifacts was at its peak. Woven throughout the novel are the mysterious intersections of the brothers' lives, though separated by thousands of years. Luxor: Book of Past Lives is a masterful blend of fiction and historical detail, each chapter offering a window into the past, with details gleaned from countless historical accounts. It is a riveting tale of violence and greed, riches and poverty, and good and evil in the time of the pharaohs and beyond.
It's not everyday that you get transported back in time, a time that has long since passed us by that all of us living now know of no one that have experienced such things. The author takes a simple enough theory and with a lot of research and well thought out information comes up with a great backdrop for this story, in a sense it is a two in one. History buffs would really enjoy this book because it takes you through a comparative element of two different time periods.
Fiction and history come together to give you an interesting read that is some what long but not too bad at just over 300 pages. It was interesting and highly climatic. The author is very good at what she does!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.