The crash of Pharaoh’s colossal statue into a throng of worshippers brings the festival of the good god Ptah of Memphis to a sudden, bloody end. Prince Khay, the High Priest, barely escapes being killed, himself. He finds clues in the wreckage that show that the disaster was deliberately set. Now he is confronted with questions that grow more alarming with every answer he finds as the great temple of Ptah is rocked by a chilling series of murders.
Increasingly entangled in clues that lead to even more mysteries, convinced that the gods themselves are taking a hand in the disaster, he appeals to Pharaoh for help and is sent a powerful ally in his eldest brother Hori, Egypt’s Crown Prince, whose courage and resourcefulness are surpassed only by his bluntness.
The brothers fight against time as they try to unravel the mystery, knowing that there is more at stake than treasure, and the forfeit is greater than a man’s life. Something great and terrible is stirring, something they must find, hidden deep within the temple, something they must bring into the light before those who walk in darkness take it and turn it to evil.
PHARAOH’S SON is a historical novel set during the golden years of Ramesses the Great. It is a rollicking tale of murder, intrigue and hidden treasure that reaches back into Egypt’s heresy-shrouded past.
Diana Wilder grew up all around the United States thanks to a family that moved a good deal. Perhaps because of the Irish in her, she liked to weave stories for her own enjoyment about the people she met and the places she saw during her travels. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in ancient and medieval history and experience in journalism.
Her love of storytelling developed into a love of writing. She wrote her first novella, based on Kamehameha’s Hawaii, in middle school. She started writing novels in graduate school, and has produced three historical mysteries set in New Kingdom Egypt: The City of Refuge, Pharaoh’s Son and A Killing Among the Dead. The heartbreak and gallantry of the American Civil war has always caught her imagination, and she served as a Docent in the Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia for some years. The Safeguard arose from her research into the Georgia theater of the war.
She has written books set in Paris, in ancient Egypt, the American Civil War, various fantasy places. Currently she is working on sequels to Pharaoh’s Son and A Killing Among the Dead, as well as another novel set in western Virginia during the American Civil War, tentatively titled Crowfut Gap.
Diana enjoys traveling, tries to knit, takes photographs and sails (on a lake in a Sunfish). She sometimes attends cat shows as an exhibitor or as a Judge’s clerk. She is currently working in graphic design, and cannot understand why any author would tolerate a boring book cover.