Item description for City of the Dead (Seven Wonders Series #2) by T. L. Higley...
Overview When a series of murders at the building site of the Great Pyramid threatens chaos, Hemiunu, Pharaoh's grand vizier, must abandon his legacy to hunt down the killer and restore justice to the city before his work is destroyed.
Publishers Description Up from the sands of Egypt rises the Great Pyramid, where Hemiunu, Pharaoh's Grand Vizier, commands the historic building project as he orders his life--with justice, truth, and precision. But when a series of murders at the site threatens chaos, Hemi must abandon his legacy to hunt down the killer who may be closer than he would like to think. Can he restore justice to the city before his careful life and work are destroyed, or will a mysterious people and their strange God uncover the secret past that Hemi has tried to forget? Endorsements:
City of the Dead, the second of T. L. Higley's Seven Wonders novels, is the story of the man who oversees the building of Egypt's Great Pyramid. Higley once more gives readers a fascinating and too-seldom-offered glimpse into one of the greatest achievements of antiquity. This series is a wonder in itself.
-- DeAnna Julie Dodson, author of "In Honor Bound"
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.06" Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher B&H Books
Series Seven Wonders
ISBN 0805447318 ISBN13 9780805447316
Availability 0 units.
More About T. L. Higley
T. L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written five previous novels. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
T. L. Higley currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about City of the Dead (Seven Wonders Series #2)?
What a great story! Feb 23, 2010
Hemiunu, architect for the Great Pyramid of Giza, struggles to stay on schedule and in the good graces of his cousin, Pharaoh of Egypt. When a sadistic killer is taking the lives of Hemiunu's closest friends, he does all he can to discover who the killer is and to keep a dark secret from coming to light.
Wish I'd read this one a long time ago! What a great story. T.L. Higley completely sucked me into ancient Egypt and her character Hemiunu. He was a deep and interesting character to follow. I liked how she wrote her book in his first person point of view. It made it easy to connect with him.
The storyworld was intriguing as was the relationships she built between the royal members of Pharaoh's court. Murder, love, betrayal. My heart ached for these people as they lived in their strange belief system and I love where she went with it. Plus, it was a good who-done-it. Another book I couldn't put down. I am glad there are seven wonders of the ancient world and hope I get to read every book in this series.
I'm Done For! Nov 8, 2009
T.L. Higley's historical novels exploring the Seven Wonders of the World takes readers back to ancient Egypt, where the Pharoah Khufu and his Grand Vizier Hemiunu are both remodeling the religious beliefs of their people as they carefully construct the Great Pyramid at Giza (c. 2500 B.C.) in City of the Dead.
When a serial killer begins decimating Hemi's close circle of friends, his carefully ordered world begins to crumble around him. With the identify of the killer somehow linked to a day in the past that no one speaks of, the lives of all those Hemi holds dear are in danger until the truth is revealed. Though the second in a series, City of the Dead is a fine stand-alone novel that is completely independent of the first Seven Wonders title, In the Shadow of Colossus.
Rather than depicting Egypt through the life of an anonymous labourer, Higley boldly steps into the story of a well-known historical figure by choosing the Grand Pyramid's architect - Hemiunu - as her main character. A fascinating man, Higley sketches him as one who models himself after his work; hard as stone, full of precise angles, yet sheltering a hidden interior landscape of emotion. With such a prominent character at the fore, some readers may find it difficult to fully buy in to his shift in spiritual allegiance.
Where Hemi, Khufu, and their series of close friends is vividly portrayed, there is a slight, but noticeable tendency for Higley's believers to be portrayed as somewhat idealized. Where complex motives and currents of emotion run rampant throughout the noble classes, the People of the One seem slightly `touched-up' in comparison to the full range of emotion found in their counterparts.
Deftly interweaving the threads of suspense, romance, and historical accuracy, Higley's recreation of ancient Egypt is utterly engrossing. I called upon a great degree of self-discipline to refrain from pulling an all-nighter, and instead broke the novel into two reading sessions. The heady combination of unrequited love and mystery that emanates from the pages of City of the Dead rapidly attaches readers to the characters, and keeps the pages flying.
Our family has been studying ancient history this year, so it is with some degree of certainty that I can attest to the large amounts of research that have been poured into this novel. What is even more amazing is Higley's effortless coverage of a broad span of knowledge-worthy topics without lecturing; the education she offers is carefully integrated within the story's natural flow.
As I read more of Higley's work, I'm becoming increasingly entranced with her vision of re-imagining the Seven Wonders within a faith-based context. While I will admit to harboring some feelings of ambivalence following In the Shadow of Colossus, City of the Dead has won me over entirely to Higley's storytelling. She must surely be amongst the most excellent writers of Christian historical fiction today.
Left Me Cold Sep 20, 2009
I started the book with great excitement. The reviews on this site were positive and I am trying to learn all that I can about life in Egypt in ancient times. What a disappointment! The dialog is worthy of a young teenager and the mystery is very weak. By the middle of the book, I was so annoyed that I returned it to the library. Don't waste your time or money with this inferior work.
Fantastic read Sep 17, 2009
This book is a fast moving historical fiction that gives one a good insight of life during the building of the Great Pyramid in Giza, as well as a who done it mystery. It is informative for my upcoming Egypt vacation. I like the tie in to the Christian faith.
Another Great Read Sep 13, 2009
T.L. has a wonderful way of combining factual history with fictional adventures making for a great read. I can't wait for her October release!