Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Slayer of Gods by Lynda S. Robinson

I’m disappointed that there are no more Lord Meren novels after Slayer of Gods, the sixth and last and the series. I’m more disappointed in my self for waiting so long to finish reading Lynda S. Robinson’s books which are all extremely well-written and very enjoyable.

For six novels, Lord Meren, the Eyes and Ears of the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun, has been keeping the boy safe and secure on his throne. However, the boy king demands to know who killed his beloved step-mother, Queen Nefertiti, who was poisoned some ten years prior. The search for the murderer has put Lord Meren in mortal peril many times and has even endangered his children.

Accompanying him in this final installment is Anath, the Eyes of Babylon. She’s clever, resourceful and beautiful enough to turn even Lord Meren’s head. She joins him as he travels up the Nile to the remote city of Syene, to question a former bodyguard of Nefertiti’s, and back to Memphis. Meren has the advantage of her wit and cleverness but also the comfort of her body.

While Meren is chasing suspects all over Memphis, Robinson brings ancient Egypt alive in its glory and its ugliness for us beginners. She describes the sights, sounds and smells in vivid details, immersing the reader in the environs as if he/she was traversing the hot dusty streets.

She also brings the characters to life in amazing realism. Lord Meren seems to leap off the page as he anguishes over his children, during his daughter’s kidnapping and an attempt on Kysen’s life. He’s torn between protecting his family and protecting King Tutankhamun. Many times, he seems to be the only one trying to keep the throne safe from would-be assassins and usurpers.

Lord Meren is one of my favorite literary characters. He’s smart, loyal and not afraid to be humble. But he’s not perfect. Although humble before the king, he doesn’t forget his importance of being the Eyes and Ears of the Pharaoh. Sometimes that self-importance clouds his better judgment when among the riff-raff in the streets and not at court where his countenance is well-known.

Kysen, Meren’s adopted son is also a strong character and another one of my favorites. He plays a smaller role in this novel as opposed to others but still comes through for his father.

I hope that Robinson decides to continue with her Lord Meren series. Her spellbinding novels surpass other Egyptian series and are as good as any historical and non-historical mysteries.

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