Our Lady of the Absolute
"Our Lady of the Absolute"
-- Midwest Book Review
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What the Reviewers say...
- While more than a few contemporary fantasy authors have looked to the splendor and might of ancient Egypt as a source of inspiration for their own creations, few have done so as memorably as Resa Nelson in her newest novel Our Lady of the Absolute.
– Matt Staggs, Realms of Fantasy magazine
- This long, ambitious book is an elaborate and satisfying narrative, a must for devotees of ancient Egypt.
– Kirkus Discoveries
in SCI FI Magazine
About the Book
At first glance, Meres’ life seems perfect. She has a loving and devoted husband. A caring community. A “glamour” job as the only civilian allowed to work inside the temple of Isis, Our Lady of the Absolute. But there’s one thing Meres doesn’t have: a child. And being childless is enough to make any woman feel worthless in the White Walled City, the royal city of the Black Land, a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt.
When Meres learns her beloved sister-in-law Pu is pregnant with a foreigner’s child, everything changes. As a member of the Pharaoh’s harem, Pu is bound by law to be faithful to him, but she’s unintentionally broken that law and committed treason, a crime punishable by death. As a loyal citizen, Meres is bound by law to turn Pu over to the authorities. But how can Meres do that to someone who didn’t mean to do anything wrong – especially someone she loves?
Suddenly, the life Meres cherishes turns into a nightmare. Torn between love and envy, family and country, duty and faith, Meres risks rejecting the hard and fast rules of her religion in order to help the people she loves. She plunges into a dangerous journey that will lead her to uncover the truth about herself, her life, and the realization that nothing is absolute.
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