The Twelfth Transforming

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No period in Egyptian history has been the source of so much fascination as the reign of Akhenaten, the XVIII Dynasty pharaoh whose impetuous government took his country to the brink of disaster. In The Twelfth Transforming, Pauline Gedge tells the rich and dramatic story of Akhenaten's catastrophic rule -- and of the Empress Tiye, whose efforts to save her beloved country from her pharaoh son unwittingly bring a curse upon the land. In scene after scene, ancient Egypt comes vividly to life: the splendour of the imperial courts; the unrelenting heat of the desert; the misery wrought upon the land when the life-giving Nile fails in its annual inundation. The Twelfth Transforming is historical fiction at its finest, an epic of a ruler, a dynasty, and a people confronting their glorious and tragic destiny.

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PAULINE GEDGE is the award-winning and bestselling author of thirteen previous novels, ten of which are inspired by Egyptian history. Her first, Child of the Morning, won the Alberta Search-for-a-New-Novelist Competition. In France, her second novel, The Eagle and the Raven, received the Jean Boujassy award from the Société des Gens des Lettres, and The Twelfth Transforming, the second of her Egyptian novels, won the Writers Guild of Alberta Best Novel of the Year Award. Her books have sold more than 250,000 copies in Canada alone; worldwide, they have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into eighteen languages. Pauline Gedge lives in Alberta.

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“Stunning realism . . . a multicolored tapestry.” —Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully detailed historical biography in the tradition of Mary Renault . . . a sensuous, teeming, complex world of intrigue and passion.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A lustrous tale about Pharaonic decadence, told not in strident, panoramic fashion, but in the quiet undertone of an intimate chronicle. . . . A sad and often lyrical narrative of a self-centered family’s corruption and downfall. [Gedge] tells it truthfully, if slowly, convincing the reader that inhabitants of an alien culture with improbable mores remain painfully human, that fundamentals endure.” —New York Times Book Review

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