Secrets Of A Sun King


Lilian Kaye is aware of her responsibility to work as hard as she can at St Kilda’s and make a future for herself. However, she’s concerned about her grandfather’s ill-health, and a strange package of which she takes delivery. How does Grandad’s early days of exploration in ancient Egypt, the strange package and Howard Carter’s excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb interconnect? Lilian is determined to work it out. Thankfully, she’s not alone, for her investigation introduces her to two friends, `also curious about the Carter’s expedition and ancient Egyptian history. Together, they unlock the ‘Secrets Of A Sun King‘.

‘Secrets of A Sun King‘ is a thrilling and convincing novel. There is so much to take from it. Somehow, Emma Carroll convinces us of the heat and newly independent Egyptian setting, while in England, we feel a lingering post- Great War sense of bereavement. The letters constructed through Lysandra, offer a glimpse of the young Sun King, so we have an impression of the youth and probably vulnerability of the pharaoh behind the gold mask. We recommend ‘Secrets Of A Sun King’ highly. We love this book.

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Secrets Of A Sun King

Emma Carroll

(Faber & Faber)

Secrets of a Sun King opens with Lil’s discovery at her ailing grandfather’s flat. A strange jar with a trembling message seems troubling… What is this new world in an entirely different setting?  Lil is dealing with the outfall of her father’s affliction since WW1. It seems to affect his relationship with her beloved grandfather. Furthermore, her grandfather’s secretive world seems impenetrable. Then again, he has rules of his own. No wonder her family is at an impasse? Who is she to support? Furthermore, what might she uncover through her discovery in the jar. Is it possible that this might transport her beyond her grandfather’s world to an age long before?
Emma Carroll is the Queen of children’s historical fiction. We love her books, including Frost Hollow Hall to The Girl Who Walked on Air. It seems we breathe the air of other ages, places and times with each new title. Therefore, Lil’s discovery on the step and all that it unleashes is spine tingling. Who was the boy King? What is his story? How did he become the focus of one of the biggest treasure hunts of the 20th century? What are the ramifications, untruths and skulduggery that result from this hunt. All and more await us in Secrets of a Sun King. 


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