I found this one of the most stirring books I have ever read. The only way I can convey its power is to give you the personal impression it conveyed. As I read I had a profound conviction that the writer had lived the experiences of the girl ruler of Egypt who tells her story, that the experiences in a happy childhood, in the years of rigorous spiritual training in the temple, in the evolved personality, under complete control of her own will and spirit, in the fullness of a maturity -- all had been known at first hand. There's a growth of serenity and wisdom and understanding that is rare -- a sense of seeing a soul develop, of watching it change from a wilful, somewhat head-strong but gifted child into a womanhood blessed with powers beyond ordinary human expectation -- and each step utterly convincing. There is a quality of inspiration that is unique. There is a beauty in the telling that sings its way into ones imagination and heart. And -- as background -- there is a flawless reconstruction of life in an ancient country, the Egypt of the first dynasty. It is a book that would be a high spot of beauty in any season -- and that is preeminent this year. Don't miss it, as a personal experience. And don't sell it to a customer who wont appreciate it. ""A Harper Find"".