“The past beats inside me like a second heart.” - John Banville, The Sea
two excellent women authors of historical fiction came to mind while i was reading this book - Joan Grant and Margaret George. both have written absorbing accounts of ancient Egypt, particularly my favorite Joan Grant who claimed her stories like Eyes of Horus, Lord of the Horizon or So Moses Was Born were actual events from her past lives.
Annabeth Neverending's author is no reincarnationist like Grant but she might as well be one through her eponymous protagonist. a keen eye for detail coupled with a vivid imagination and her way with words make this novel a fascinating, engrossing and spellbinding read.
through her flawed and unforgettable characters, she engages the reader from its intriguing beginning to its heart-stopping conclusion. she offers as well glimpses into a turbulent historical period in Egypt marked by court intrigue, family drama and forbidden love.
the whole story is packaged with just the right amount of teenage romance without going overboard. it has also witty dialogs, interesting internal monologues and those serpentine twists and turns that i really like. best of all, the book evoked lifelike images in my mind.
for me, author Leyla Kader Dahm's debut novel is a remarkable achievement and i look forward to reading more of her stories.
*Annabeth Neverending is available at Amazon. for more information about author Leyla Kader Dahm, please visit her website at https://leyla-dahm-6b8g.squarespace.com and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
my personal rating is:
|Annabeth Neverending contains material suitable for readers ages 16 and above only.|