Casting the Gods Adrift

Publisher: Galaxy

Review

This is a journey back in time to the era of the ancient Egyptians, when religion and ritual were central to people's lives. They believed in many gods, represented in animal form, until Akhenaten became Pharaoh and, shockingly, banned the worship of all gods except Aten, the sun disc.

This revolutionary moment in history is brought to life through the experiences of Tutmose, a boy who has travelled with his father to supply the Pharaoh with rare beasts. The family stays on to serve Akhenaten, but there are tensions between old and new, and Tutmose finds himself in danger, caught up in a murder plot.

Geraldine McCaughrean brilliantly evokes the place and culture of the time, and turns this extraordinary event into an utterly involving thriller.

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