I, the Sun

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Perseid Press, Aug 20, 2014 - Hittites - 560 pages
From palace coups in the lost city of Hattusas to treachery in the Egyptian court of Tutankhamun, I, the Sun, the saga of the Hittite King Suppiluliumas, rings with authenticity and the passion of a world that existed fourteen hundred years before the birth of Christ. They called him Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, the Valiant. He conquered more than forty nations and brought fear and war to the very doorstep of Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt, but he could not conquer the one woman he truly loved.

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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
With I, the Sun, Janet Morris comes close to a biography of the Hittite king, Suppiluliumas, whilst creating a captivating story, and that is a
brilliant achievement in fiction where only one character, Titai, a slave girl, is fictitious. At the opening, Tasmiscarri, heir to the dead ruler King Arnuwandas, is shown as a rebel, determined to go his own way despite brutal punishment, and it is that resolve which carries him forward to kingship. Tasmiscarri/Suppiluliumas survives assassination attempts before he is of an age to rule, and he becomes a mighty warrior conquering forty nations to expand his empire. He marries, takes concubines, and records the births of many children, but will he ever win the woman he truly loves?
The fascination of I, the Sun is an intriguing, beautifully-written story with a basis in historical fact. It is a representation of an era unchallenged by modern morality, and it is that which will attract fans of both historical and literary fiction. To read it is to dip more than a toe in the water; it’s total immersion in a period almost fourteen hundred years before the birth of Christ. Acts of courage are tempered by injury, agony, and death. Women live according to their station, anything from queens to sex slaves. However, the Hittite king has his softer side. “Titai, only say that if you behave with love in your heart toward me, you will come to my aid.” I, the Sun by Janet Morris is a treble five-star novel.

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About the author (2014)

Best selling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics.

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