Over the last week or two, readers like you have helped us build the brand-new Discovery List, which is a spreadsheet of hidden gems—outstanding self-published books that have flown under the radar—that we can all add to.
The list allows us, the readers, decide which books are the best, rather than the complex, money-hungry algorithms of big tech companies that often bury some of the best stories under hundreds of thousands of others.
So far the list contains 21 books, and it will soon be available for download as we continue to add to it. Would you like to add a book?
This week, the best book on the list is…
Empires of Bronze: Thunder at Kadesh by Gordon Doherty (Historical Fiction)
(Review: Jon F. Zeigler of Sharrukin’s Palace gives it 5 stars.)
Here’s what it’s about:
1275 BC: Tensions between the Hittite and Egyptian Empires erupt and the two great superpowers mobilise for all-out war. Horns blare across the Hittite northlands and the dunes of Egypt rumble with the din of drums as each gathers an army of unprecedented size. Both set their eyes upon the border between their domains, and the first and most important target: a desert city whose name will toll through history. Kadesh!
Prince Hattu has lived in torment for years, plagued by the memory of his wife’s murder. Thoughts of her poisoner, Volca the Sherden – for so long safe and distant by Pharaoh Ramesses’ side – have sullied his dreams, blackened his waking hours and driven him to commit the darkest of deeds. Now that war is here, he at last has the chance to confront his nemesis and have his vengeance.
But as the ancient world goes to war, Hattu will learn that the cold, sweet kiss of revenge comes at a terrible price.
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