Reviewed by Dan
SERIES: The Immortal Prince of Egypt (#1)
AUTHOR: J.S. Lewis
LENGTH: 252 Pages
A thrilling, spellbinding, adventurous and gripping tale of star-cross love set in the early eighteenth century. . . His family slaughtered. Captured with his people and forced into slavery in the new world, Amun, the fearless son of the most powerful tribal chief in Egypt, Africa, is destined to lead his people out of slavery, and into freedom.
Amun’s spirit is mystically tried and proven, yet constantly tested, for to survive and save those he love; he must surmount his difficulties and become more than just a man, he must become Immortal. But the greatest battle Amun must face is not with his enemies, but with himself; young and confused about his sexuality, in a dark age when homosexuality is punishable by death, and for slaves . . . the fate far worst. Survival is a battle fought to the bitter end.
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This book had several good storylines, but none of them ever really got off the ground. It is basically 252 pages of background for the next book that the author plans to write in the future. We are introduced to a whole slew of characters, but the book bounces around so much that we don’t really get to know any of them. The one thing they all have in common is that they are converging on the island of Jamaica.
We have a young girl named Annie Mae Paterson in Haiti, forced into marriage with a plantation owner in Jamaica, but she is developing her Voodoo powers during this book and her name and title change to Annie Palmer, The White Witch of Rosehall by the mid-way through the book. I surmise she will be a full blown witch in the next book and tied to the Jamaican slave revolts, but that is only conjecture, since we hear nothing further of her beyond that point in this current book.
We have a young warrior in an Egyptian village who has inherited the powers of Amun-Ra. He is also named Amun (after the god) and comes into his powers while on his manhood ritual in the wilds of Africa. He and his friend Tarik and their shared love Dalila form an odd three way dynamic after Amun does not come back from his manhood ritual in the required time. They are captured by Greybeard the Pirate? I’ve never read an account of Greybeard being a slave trader, so I’m not sure this is supposed to be the historical Greybeard.
We have a homosexual Prince (?) in England, William Courtney (who I don’t believe has any historical counterpart?) who escapes to be with his love William Beckford, one of the most powerful planters in the Caribbean. I can only guess that they were introduced so that they can be in future books, because they are never mentioned again in this book after the escape, nor is the actual escape detailed.
Finally we have Danny Steele, a young British man in love with a former slave. He too heads toward Jamaica by the end of his chapter.
I agreed to review the book based on the reviews on Amazon. After finishing the book, I would have to say that I seriously question the validity of most of the reviews for this book on Amazon and many of the reviews of it on Goodreads. While the story is passable, the incorrect word usage is atrocious. Misspellings and grammatical errors are on every page. It is extremely hard to read and even harder to follow the storylines. I personally also question the claims on the front cover of being #1 in m/m fiction, historical romance and gay & lesbian fiction. I’m not sure where the #1’s were, nor if Mr. Lewis is actually on the Kindle Bestseller list, but if so, it was rigged.
I would not recommend this book unless it is heavily edited for a future edition. There are a whole lot of really good historical romance novels out there. This book, with its current editing is not one of them.