The Twelfth Transforming by Pauline Gedge

June 11, 2011
By CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius


Murder, intrigue and sex…welcome to the enchanting world of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. ‘The Twelfth Transforming’ follows the end of Pharaoh Amunhotep III’s reign and the rise of his son, Amunhotep IV, who history knows as Akhenaten. The majority of this book is told from the point of view of Empress Tiye, the wife of Amunhotep III and mother of Akhenaten.


After the death of Amunhotep, Akhenaten is declared Pharaoh. Two of the three main women in his life are vying for the title of Empress, causing strife in the palace. The famous Nefertiti and Akhenaten’s sister-wife Sitamun are locked in a struggle for power, one that ends with Sitamun’s murder. But instead of declaring Nefertiti Empress, Akhenaten does the unthinkable—he marries Tiye, his mother. Tiye is once again declared Empress, but because she broke one of the declarations of Ma’at (“Hail Tututef, I have not committed sodomy, I have not turned back the generative power”) by marrying her own son, she unleashed a curse upon the entire dynasty. This curse would wipe out Tiye, Akhenaten and all of their descendents.


Pauline Gedge manages to handle all this incest very delicately and tries not to disgust her readers too much. Only a writer of her caliber could pull off such a feat. Her descriptions of ancient Egypt are vivid and she breathes life into people who have been dead for thousands of years. ‘The Twelfth Transforming’ is an amazing book, but it is definitely not for sensitive readers.


The author's comments:
The Twelfth Transforming is a tragic novel, but it is very good.

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on Jul. 17 2011 at 11:18 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

I'm working on some other reviews, don't worry.  I just have to re-read those books.  And yes, they'll be fantasy rather than history.

on Jul. 17 2011 at 11:17 pm
musicispassion PLATINUM, Perris, California
35 articles 0 photos 735 comments

Favorite Quote:
" Life is never easy for those who dream."
There are so many other quotes i need pages to write them

great review i don't want to be rude but u should try reviewing something other than history but that's my opinion and u don't have to listen to me :P

on Jul. 10 2011 at 1:45 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks, NinjaGirl! :)

on Jul. 10 2011 at 1:43 pm
NinjaGirl BRONZE, Valley City, North Dakota
1 article 0 photos 202 comments

Favorite Quote:
The only thing holding us back in life is our desire to stay where we are and not venture further.
~Some random person on the Internet :P

Interesting review, yet again! You are very articulate and descriptive without boring readers.

on Jul. 7 2011 at 10:47 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thank you!  You should really read it, it's an excellent book. :)

on Jul. 7 2011 at 10:46 pm
Zinaidia SILVER, Moreno Valley, California
8 articles 3 photos 78 comments

Favorite Quote:
\\\"Whatever you are, be a good one.\\\"

Very good review, I have heard of this book before but I never thought about reading it. It seems interesting! Also, you don't have any grammar or spelling errors that I could find. Bravo!

on Jul. 2 2011 at 3:16 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks! :)

on Jul. 2 2011 at 10:05 am
lilmartz PLATINUM, Perrysburg, Ohio
40 articles 5 photos 163 comments

Favorite Quote:
Live Life Like A Party That Never Ends

This is a good review! Even I was intrigued by it.

on Jun. 28 2011 at 9:16 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for the comment!

on Jun. 28 2011 at 9:16 pm
FizzingWhizbees27 BRONZE, Davis, California
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Great job! Well written and articulated!

on Jun. 19 2011 at 5:08 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

It's anything but boring in my opinion! :)

on Jun. 19 2011 at 4:59 pm
JoPepper PLATINUM, Annandale, Virginia
35 articles 0 photos 782 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Freedom is the ability to not care what the other person thinks."

"Not all those who wander are lost" --JRR Tolkien

"When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears." --Jose' Bergamin

Very good it seems like a very interesting book! :D

on Jun. 18 2011 at 6:03 pm
Tink1350 BRONZE, Medford, New York
4 articles 0 photos 104 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Worries are like weights and weights keep you down, so let go of your worries and fly,"

no problem! and i plan 2 read all ur work. :)

on Jun. 18 2011 at 5:40 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

That's okay, I know you're not a creeper. :)  Thanks for the comment, Tink 1350!

on Jun. 18 2011 at 5:38 pm
Tink1350 BRONZE, Medford, New York
4 articles 0 photos 104 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Worries are like weights and weights keep you down, so let go of your worries and fly,"

is novel seems really interesting Carrie, (And the reason i know your name is you told me, dont think i'm a creeper. lol.) And your ewally good at writing book reviews.




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