Dreams for the Wind
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by T. K. Sheils
Category: Historical Fiction
Description: Condemned at birth because of an ominous prophecy that he would kill his father and breed heirs with his mother, he was spirited away and reared in a distant land. Returning as a young man to claim his Kingship, some say by murdering his father, he had children by his mother, as prophesied. It was believed it was his incest that brought a plague upon his capital city, for which his subjects banished him, blind, into the desert. Not the legend of Oedipus Rex but the fictional autobiography of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, in the opinion of Immanuel Velikovsky, the historical precedent to the Greek legend. This is the story of the last twenty-four years of this extraordinary man's life...
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2007
eBookwise Release Date: February 2007
6 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [531 KB]
Reading time: 322-451 min.
"...A decadent, voluptuous and erotic tale. Sheils uses the life of Akhenaten as the presumed foundation for the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. The story of Akhenaten is told in five parts dedicated to the women that influenced his life. Each section reveals new and interesting information about the life of Akhenaten and his contemporaries. Dreams for the Wind is the story of the fall of a doomed Pharaoh. It is also the story of a weak man and his inability to rule wisely ... Sheils paints a vivid picture of life in ancient Egypt. He provides lush details of the religion, culture and people of ancient Egypt. This is a great novel for historical fiction lovers. Readers who love detail will consume this book. It is a wonderful marriage, piecing together the little-known facts of the era and fantasy to make an extremely interesting tale. Sheils has managed to create a novel that is an interesting addition to the genre. He has taken a king that was reviled and expunged from the history of his people and recreated his life. From the very beginning the story is filled with intrigues and secrets. Everyone has an agenda and they use or allow themselves to be used to further their causes. There are dark undertones to this story; there is violence, sexual torture and murder. The incest and sexual nature of the book makes Dreams For The Wind a book that should be restricted to mature audiences. If this aspect does not bother you, read this book. It is a must for lovers of all ages of history!"--Anita Jo Stafford, Timeless Tales
"4 Stars! ... Set in ancient Egypt, this is the fictionalized autobiography of a pharaoh who tried to do the right thing and ended up doing just about everything wrong. Akhenaten has a mind of his own and uses it, but doesn't always think through the consequences. His adopted sister, his mother, his wife and later his concubine all play major roles in his life--forcing it along lines predetermined by a seer's vision at his birth, and following closely along a 'newly' heard Greek story, Oedipus ... A thought-provoking and outright sensuous saga of one man's lifetime and the people in it. This book does contain graphic sex, which is actually an integral part of the plot. Sheils has crafted a sweeping story of the intrigues, incest and incredible dramas of ancient Egypt."--Karen Larsen, Scribes World
"In his profoundly researched and highly erotic historical novel, T. K. Sheils has Pharaoh Akhenaten tell the story of his life, in a voice truly belonging to a man who has seen it all and who has lived too long. When he was born, a prophecy said Akhenaten would kill his father and bed his mother. So he was reared far away from home. But he returns, claims his kingship and rules Egypt with religious fervor. Dramatic and sensual throughout, this is a book for readers who love to indulge in long historical stories, replete with ancient settings, cultural details, philosophical discussions and, last but not least, sexual relationships in a time when morals were quite different from today's. It is not for readers who are looking for a short, quick read, and also not for the squeamish, due to some graphic violence."--Christine Spindler, Sexy Cybooks
That's when it happened, the thing I can barely describe because my mind would not let me see it all.
The bases of the posts, to which the girl's wrists and ankles were tied, must have been mounted on some mechanism below the floor, for they began to move toward the four corners of the room, resulting in an agonizing further stretching of the girl's body in all directions. And I knew I was witnessing a slow and infinitely more agonizing version of the Camel Death.
I turned away, terrified to watch more. I fled the room, my stomach heaving. But I still caught a glimpse of the Pharaoh, my father, as he threw back his hood. He was smiling a smile of awful satisfaction.
And the shrieks of the girl followed me up the passageway, reaching a terrible screeching climax.
And the silence after that was worse.
I feverishly ran about the throne room, vomiting, and, in my hysteria, forgetting where the passage to my quarters was located. When I found it at last, I flung myself up it, staggered into my bedroom and fell onto the bed sobbing and retching dryly.
That is where Tirhya found me and, despite her repeated questioning as to what was wrong, I could not find the voice to tell her.
I was shuddering and sobbing uncontrollably and, that night, it was Tirhya who held me tightly until, just before dawn, I fell into a quivering, fitful--but, thankfully, dreamless--sleep.