“An engrossing narrative…Wycoff illuminates the darkest aspects of
the ancient Egyptian Royal Court. Seen through the eyes of Princess
Merit-Aten, daughter of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten, Shadow of
the Sun delivers a fictional peek into a world of treachery, political
intrigue and religious strife. It is an enlightening story, not to be
missed, and is enhanced by Wycoff ’s obvious flair in enlivening
aspects of the known history with the deft skills of her pen.”
– Lorraine Evans, Author of Kingdom of the Ark

“An intriguing historical fantasy, a rich and multi-layered tale of
politics, religion and spirituality in ancient Egypt, seen through
Nefertiti’s daughter’s eyes as she grows to womanhood. Full of
vivid emotion, threat and dangerous choices.”
–Robin D. Owens, Author of Enchanted Again

“Merrie P Wycoff ’s first novel, Shadow of the Sun, is a heartfelt
and lovingly told story of Merit-Aten, the first-born daughter of
Nefertiti and Akhenaten, during the 18th Dynasty in Egypt. In
reading this thoroughly researched and fascinating tale of mysticism
and magic, of good and evil, of individual choices made that lead to
enlightenment or damnation, I was transported to another time
and another place. Shadow of the Sun is a wonderful debut for this
promising and talented new author.”
– Jessica Wulf, Author of The Wild Rose

“Merrie Wycoff offers a historical novel at once enjoyable and comprehensible, where many others have failed. She teaches the reader the intricacies of life at several societal levels in a dynamic land, with a cast of compelling and intriguing characters, at a vibrant time of history. The story line parallels a tale to which a contemporary reader can relate, at many levels. Ms. Wycoff skillfully interweaves powerful themes predicated on clear emotional expressions, thorough character development, and a flair for flow of story making Shadow of the Sun very desirable reading. I strongly recommend it.”                                                                         –Ruago Salla, Ph.D.

“Great read! This book has it all, suspense, mystery, romance, magic…
and very thought provoking. Set in one of the most tumultuous
periods of ancient Egypt, Shadow of the Sun is a page-turner you
won’t put down until the last page. I loved it.”
– Lois Moger, Professional Bookseller

One Response to Testimonials

  1. Auth says:

    Like you, I also think that Akhenaten’s controversial reoigilus switch was politically motivated. I think that nearly everyone has heard at least a little about Akhenaten, but just to be sure I’ll quickly try to summarize why everyone loves to talk about him. He was pharaoh in the 18th dynasty (New Kingdom) and King Tut’s father. A few years into his reign he had the capital of Egypt moved to new location in the desert – Akhetaten – better known as Amarna from the modern town’s name. The people were to worship one god Aten – the sun disk but though the veneration of Akhenaten and the royal family under the rays of Aten. (What better way to gain power – have your subjects worship you! I see this as further support for the political motivation theory.) It is debated if this reoigilus change should be considered henotheism or monotheism. (I’ll leave that debate for someone else to cover). Also, the art changed significantly. People argue if the art was actually depicting an androgynous reality or if it was an exaggeration. Now that we think that we have found Akhenaten’s body, it looks like the art style was all an exaggeration. (This hasn’t been ruled out entirely – there is still the possibility of illness). Why he did this is up for discussion as well. Those who think that Akhenaten was reoigilusly motivated think that he was trying to imitate the androgyny of a sun disk in human form. From a political standpoint, implementing a distinct art form would have set Akhenaten apart from his predecessors. Whatever his motivation, Akhenaten makes for an excellent discussion topic!

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