Origins Book Tour + Review + Giveaway

Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, 

Origins by Nicole Sallak Anderson! which is being hosted by HFBT!

@NSallakAnderson @hfvbt  

#Origins #NicoleSallakAnderson #HFVBTBlogTours

Origins by
Nicole Sallak Anderson

  Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Literary Wanderlust Paperback & eBook; 229   
Pages Series: Song of the King’s Heart, Book 1   
Genre: Historical Fiction


This is the lost story of Lord Ankhwenefer, known to the Greeks as Chaonnophris the Rebel, the last native Egyptian Pharaoh. The brilliance and heartache of his rebellion weave a tale that history has forgotten.
Until now.

In the year 205 B.C., after centuries of Persian and Macedonian occupation, a rebel king rises from the south to take ancient Egypt back unto native hands. He will battle the Ptolemy line for twenty years, and rule almost eighty percent of Egypt, yet in the end, history will never mention his name.

Born Prince Ankhmakis, the last in a line of native Egyptian kings, he is raised with one purpose—to help his father reclaim Egypt from the Macedonian occupiers and return their country to dynastic greatness. Fate, however, has its own plans. For lies and deceit live in the hearts of all involved, from his family to the priesthood, and the Greeks aren’t the only ones who seek to destroy him.

Natasa is in training to become the High Priestess of the temple of Isis. Her task is to strengthen the royal family with the magic of the goddess through love and pleasure. She never thought the connection between her and Ankhmakis could be so strong, or carry a power coveted by those lurking in the shadows. Nor did she know that the child they would create would have her own great destiny to fulfill.

Together, Ankhmakis and Natasa must defend the potential of their love from those who would seek to use it for their own gain. Theirs is a world of magic, power, riches, and lust, and there are those within the court who would do anything to keep Ankhmakis and Natasa apart. Between mystical forces, murder, and illicit schemes–only the gods know if they’ll survive.

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Praise for Origins

“ORIGINS is an enthralling, cinematic tale set in Ancient Egypt, seeping with magic, intrigue, treachery, and romance. I was hooked from the beginning and holding my breath until the very last page.” — Stephanie Diaz, author of the Extraction Series “Nicole Sallak Anderson’s detailed research of costumes, history, and rituals illuminate a long-vanished culture and makes it interesting and she has skillfully breathed life into mere hieroglyphs turning them into vibrant people whose lives are filled with love, jealousy, intrigue, and ambition. A must-read for anyone fascinated by Egyptology or who just wants to read a great story.” — Nancy Lynn Jarvis, author of the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series and the PIP Inc. series.


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.    

Origins by Nicole Anderson is a breathtaking tale of Ancient Egypt.
The author should be commended for her delivery of a gorgeous epic love story, that is instilled within a spectacular historical fiction.

I love it when I come across an author that’s writing is truly exceptional.  
Let me tell, this is one book that you need to read, if you are a historical fiction fanatic like I am. I have feelings this series is really going to take off.

A powerful historical fiction that brings to life the mysterious Rebel King. The Rebel King’s rebellion in 205 B.C.,  was a dramatic time when the Upper Kingdom of Egypt took back control after centuries of Persian and Macedonian occupation. The author uses Herodoyus’s Histories and actual ancient Egyptian poetry taken from scrolls that survived as well as temple walls.

Prince Ankhmakis is the second son to the throne of the house of Hugronaphor. His family was one of the few native royal Egyptian families still in existence. This is his story, that Anderson has meticulously researched, to create a compelling storyline. Her seamless narrative will draw you into this decadent captivating book. Along with rich atmospheric descriptions, I loved the overall premise of the novel, and the quick pace kept me engaged. I felt I was dropped into the books setting, the characters were dramatic and vibrant. The magical nuisance were perfect for the historical content of Egyptian culture which is saturated with mythology and lore. She captures the essence of people of this bygone era to perfection. 
The stunning plot is widespread with intrigue, and complex conflict, which is set against a backdrop of the ancient world of Egypt. There are complex, treacherous people who seek to undermine the campagne. Who seek to retake the city of Thebes from the Greeks, and deliver it into the rightful ownership of the true Egyptians.  
Overall this will enable Prince Ankhmakis’s father to dominate the majority of Egypt. Prince Ankhmakis father, Hugronaphor is set upon being crowned Pharaoh of upper Egypt.

At the heart of book is an all consuming love story, that will make your hear race. Prince Ankhmakis falls deeply in love with Natasa, who is the daughter of the head Priestess of Isis. Natasa is schooled in the arts of pleasure, she is tasked to strengthen the royal family with magic of the goddess. She becomes his spiritual companion. Together they will conceive a baby of prophecy, that has been foretold as the Golden Child. This fated couple will encounter deceit and treachery who benefit from Egypt being left in the hands of the Persians and Macedonians. 
Ankhmakis is determined to take back Egypt, where the true Egyptian natives ruled. liken to the past of her former glorious days of legendary splendor.

I was completely impressed how the author truly went beyond the norm of most writers. She made sure that you are given every lit bit of extra information to make your reading experience a phenomenal one.

A book I highly recommend to my family and friends, it’s an exceptional written tale.

I am anxiously waiting for the next installment in this Trilogy.

A prophecy has been foretold by Stamatia, the Oracle.

“ Egypt’s day of Resurrection is near. The man of the South Shore rise to the throne, and the pretenders will be swept from our shores. The golden child shall be born to him who’s banner claims Thebes, and through this miracle, Egyptian will return to her glory.”

About the Author

Nicole Sallak Anderson is a Computer Science graduate from Purdue University, and former CTO for a small Silicon Valley startup, turned novelist and blogger, focusing on the intersection of technology and consciousness. She currently lives in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains in California with her husband, where she raises goats and bees. She enjoys spinning, knitting, playing the bass, and dancing, particularly the tango.

You can keep up with all her latest writing by following @NSallakAnderson on Facebook, Twitter and Medium or her website

Feel free to contact her, she almost always answers to any query or comment!

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 24 Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, August 25 Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, August 26 Review at YA, it’s Lit

Thursday, August 27 Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, August 28 Review at Books and Zebras

Monday, August 31 Review at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, September 1 Review at Books Cooks Looks

Wednesday, September 2 Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, September 3 Review & Excerpt at Journey in Bookland

Monday, September 7 Feature at I’m Into Books Review at Pursuing Stacie Review at History + Fiction + Adirondack Spirit

Friday, September 11 Review at Jessica Belmont

Wednesday, September 16 Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, September 18 Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Origins!
To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on September 18th.
You must be 18 or older to enter.

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