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The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen

Named an Indie Editor’s Choice book for 2016 by the Historical Novel Society and Long listed for the Historical Novel Society's 2017 Indie Award, The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen tells the story of Ankhesenamun--a girl who had to grow up too fast. She loved and lost, but she never gave up. 


At an early age, Ankhesenamun had to navigate her people through religious upheaval and political dissent. Her life was threatened, but she did not back down. When paths were barred, she carved out a new way. And when sacrifices had to be made, she gave with everything she had.


Can a lone woman stand against the tides of time which have already consumed the rest of her family?  May the gods have mercy that she does not become one of the forgotten...

Discover the adventure of her lifetime.

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What REVIEWERS are saying...

A lover of historical fiction, especially novels put in unusual, "unexplored" by historical fiction, times and places, this novel gratified the reader in me greatly, leaving me satisfied, but wishing for more. If there was a sequel to this novel I would have picked it right away, despite the perfectly rounded-up ending, even. 

- Zoe Saadia, Author of several novels of pre-Columbian Americas



The best book I have ever read!

-Goodreads reviewer



Else's debut novel, The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen, sets its action in the reign of the now-famous Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamen. The richly-detailed narrative centers on the figure of Ankhesenamun, the young princess who became the wife of King Tut and navigated with him the pomp, intrigue, and danger of the royal Egyptian court in the wake of the tumultuous era of the Heretic King, Akhenaten, and his queen, Nefertiti.

All the familiar characters of King Tut fiction are here, from arch counsellor Ay to General Horemheb, all of them fleshed out and presented in wonderful detail. But Else's most successful fictional creations by far are Ankhesenamun herself, a passionate and believably textured character, and Tutankhamen, who is equally complex and interesting. The result is a tremendously readable novel that is also the first installment of a series.

The Forgotten: Heir of the Heretic

Set during the turbulent 'Amarna' period and told through Princess Merytaten's voice, "Heir of the Heretic" tells the story of Akhenaten and Nefertiti's revolutionary monotheistic reign and the consequences across the country as well as within their own family. Merytaten is their oldest daughter and is preparing to become Akhenaten's successor. However, when pressures mount against Ahkenaten and his new religion, Merytaten finds herself questioning her loyalties and her god.


When Merytaten begins to see things from her citizen's point of view, she finds a new meaning to her life. But can she save her citizens from the growing madness rising in the palace?


Discover the trials and triumphs of one young woman's lifetime.

What REVIEWERS are saying...

The prose is rich, and is worthy of a movie script, with plenty of verifiable details.

-Goodreads reviewer


The Forgotten: Heir of the Heretic is a thought-provoking read that will linger with you long after you have read the last page. 

-Amazon reviewer


What I truly like about Else's novels is the amount of research she puts into them to bring us back to ancient Egypt and the perspective, from the point of view of women, of that era. Her historicals novels bring out both the details and the emotions of the time.

-Amazon reviewer

Images of Ankhesenamun's & Meryaten's world

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  • Ashish (Friday, May 15 15 06:33 am EDT)

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