Eighteen years have passed since Seti commanded the Royal Army in THE CITY OF REFUGE. Now he rules Egypt as King.
While Seti is far away to the south, his eldest son is ambushed and killed through a senseless mistake. His family sends word, but it is not delivered. Seti returns to learn that his son is sealed away in a tomb. With grief weighing heavy upon his heart and yet constantly under his subjects’ gaze, Seti cannot bear his grief.
He seeks anonymity and healing in a small village only to learn that marauders from the western deserts have been attacking the town, which is helpless to resist them. During that short summer, the greatest warrior king of that dynasty teaches them the art of battle, and in doing regains peace, finds love again, and learns that a King is still a man.
MOURNINGTIDE is a story of loss, renewal and love set against the background of the Valley of the Kings.
With Mourningtide, Diana Wilder has continued her feat with the Memphis Cycle: putting a human face and emotion to those known today only through hieroglyphs.
The second book in the series follows King Seti in his quest for solace and penance after the death of his eldest son and allowing his grief to create a chasm between he and his youngest son. Wilder gives the classic tale of a king in disguise living amongst commoners who are in peril a gripping twist in this vivid story.
The story is detailed and well-researched, and Wilder brings Ancient Egypt to life on the pages and explores the complexity of family and the healing power of atonement. Mourningtide is as introspective as it is exciting, as poignant as it is triumphant.