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The Lightning Horse (Empire at Twilight Book 1) by N.L. Holmes

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The Lightning Horse (Empire at Twilight Book 1) by N.L. Holmes
When a young Hittite charioteer discovers that the chariot accident that killed his father and maimed his grandfather was sabotage aimed at the king, he sets out to find the killer. Facing the loss of everyone he holds dear, he learns that good and evil are often not what they seem, and he must struggle to adjust to a new identity.

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N.L. Holmes is an archaeologist who has taught ancient history and humanities at the college level for many years. She is the author of eight novels set in the Bronze Age. With her husband, she splits her time between Florida and northern France.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jennifer Wolbeck

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my second read from the Empire at Twilight series, and while I have praised N.L. Holmes plenty enough in the past for her immersive world building, fluid writing style and interesting characters, I’ve realized that one of my favorite things about her is her choice of subject. I adore historical fiction, but this is my first time reading about the Hittite Empire from the 1230’s BC. What fascinated me the most was the parallels I found between Tudhaliya IV and King Edward IV of England from the Wars of the Roses in the 1400’s AD. The concept of infighting within powerful royal families and the fears over the stability of succession seems to be a universal and timeless concept, and it was a treat getting to read about it from a different perspective.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jonell Collins

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would like to say that I took my time and relished the reading of The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes. Unfortunately I cannot say that. I read it from start to finish in one sitting. I can’t help it, I love these books. They are so well written, the language is beautiful, the story is deep, and this one was especially  significant to me. I could so relate to  King Tudhaliya.Brought up to believe that integrity was important, that honesty was important, that justice was important. He became the man that he was brought up to be. It’s always a disappointment when you believe in those things and you find out the rest of the world doesn’t. With this book N.L Holmes has become my top author. I not only recommend that you read this book and her other books but I urge you to, you really don’t know what you’re missing.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Faith Jackson

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have loved this series so far and am sticking it through to the end. Ms. N.L. Holmes knows how to make history fun and exciting. This series does just that. This book was no different but it delves deeper into relationships which I enjoyed. So, thanks for writing this as I enjoyed it so much. Brava!!

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another gripping and engaging historical fiction novel by N.L. Holmes in her ‘Empire at Twilight’ series. This is obviously a well researched novel and it is wonderfully written in a way which brings the time period and setting alive for the reader. I found the historical notes at the beginning of the book fascinating and the map, cast of characters and the glossary and terms of Gods were very helpful and I did refer back to them whilst reading. Set during the twilight years of the Hittite Empire and Tudhaliya IV is on the throne but he is the younger son of a usurper. However Tudhaliya wants to rule by the traditional values of justice and clemency, against the advice of his overly ambitious mother and older brothers who are not entirely loyal. His ideals are tested when his cousin and friend Kurunta makes his own claim on the throne and Tudhaliya must deal with this threat without looking weak. Overall his goal is to be able to leave his own son an empire free of civil war but at what personal cost to himself. The storyline is fast paced and the plot twists kept me hooked from beginning to the end. The characters are well defined and the descriptive narrative gave me a clear image of them, making me feel immersed in their story. This was an entertaining and enjoyable read which had me captivated from page one. Although part of a series it can be read as a standalone story, however, I have read and enjoyed the previous novels and would recommend both this book and the series.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Sun at Twilight by NL Holmes is the fourth book in the Empire at Twilight series. This is a fantastic series and this book does not disappoint. The story is set during the Hittite Empire during the reign of Tudhaliya IV. The challenges to the throne and other issues have him questioning how he is to rule the Empire, fair and just or with an iron fist. I really have enjoyed this series and this book is wonderful as well. I feel myself drawn into the stories and wanting to know the story taking place. The author gives wonderful descriptions and creates and imagines the world at hand during these ancient times. I look forward to reading more in this series and from this author in the future.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the next installment of the Empire At Twilight series and it focuses on Tashmi-sharrumma, his father has died and he has now been chosen to be the next Great King Tudhaliya IV and as he grieves, he is also wondering how he will be able to take on the mantle of king and worrying that he might not be enough of anything to do it, especially with the family’s questionable allegiances and loyalties he is surrounded with. He does find comfort in his cousin Kurunta, he has since they were boys, but now he has been crowned, he doesn’t quite know how to deal with it, he has never been someone eloquent, however, he also has trouble expressing his feelings as well, as well as his wife, to a point at least. As the funeral rights and commemorative feasting comes to an end, it is time for the oath making part of the ceremony and even though he is exhausted, he agrees and as the vassals approach him to give him their solemn oaths, he is silently hoping that they are genuine with their vows and when he goes to his chambers, he is greeted with the news that his wife is expecting and is due in midsummer, he now hopes that this is a good omen for his reign.

The next day, Tudhaliya tries to escape for a few minutes onto the roof of his palace and away from everyone, but his solitude is broken when Kurunta joins him and the reminisce about their childhood and he can forget for a small time the weight which is hanging on his shoulders now and then his reign really begins when Tudhaliya meets with his generals and his mother the Tawananna to speak about the affairs of the kingdom, that there is more news coming, but this time it is all bad, the Assyrians are hounding his borders and there is a chance that the lands between them and his are vassals who may decide to turn on him if the leverage is right, there is a debate as to what to do, where the choices are hard, wither to direct them one way and give them something else to focus on but break a treaty, or to ask them to cease and desist and if they refuse, to send troops in to send them back to their own country, the king makes a decision which disagrees with the Tawananna and most of the other councillors. Next he finds out that some individuals who were exiled, have been seen and that they may be trying to shore up allegiances to usurp the throne, the decision is made to wait and see what happens, but to keep their ears open. The final thing is that the crops are having another poor year and that they may have to buy in grains if the poor weather conditions continue, after the meeting is finished and other matters of state are resolved, Tudhaliya is notified of a request for help from a vassal king and he agrees to help, but when he gets there, the battle is lost and the person he came to aid runs away instead of fighting back as expected.

As the months pass and the affairs of the kingdom are becoming steadily worse, Tudhaliya does everything he can think of to appease the gods and find out why everything is happening, but he is finding it hard to trust those surrounding him and this is putting a strain on his relationships, including the ones which he thought were the strongest. Will Tudhaliya be able to face his challenges and win the battles and hardships to come, or will the cost be too high and leave his son with a broken kingdom to rule when he has gone? This is a long and arduous journey for the king and you will be swept along with him as you hope from one scenario to the next.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars
The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes

The Sun at Twilight is the fourth book in The Empire at Twilight Series by N.L Holmes. This is a wonderfully written Historical fiction that I freaking loved reading. I’m a huge fan of anything Historical and this author is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The style of writing and attention to detail simply blows me away. From the beginning to the end I had a hard time putting it down. Not much else got done until I finished reading. I will say if you haven’t already started this series I would highly recommend reading the whole series in order as each book is as enjoyable as this one. Plus I like to read series in order so I don’t miss anything. This takes place in the Hittite Empire in 1230’s BC and is about family, friendships and sacrifices ones make. Find out what happens next when one is to take over the throne and the other thinks it should be him. What will he choose in the end ,friendship, family or his duties? I highly recommend reading this series and highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading more from this Author.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Kerry Carr

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 4th book in the Empire At Twilight series and the books keep getting better. What I love about this author is how they are able to bring history to life. The stories are enjoyable to read and the author knowledge about historical times really brings the story and characters to life.

Tudhaliya IV has taken the throne of the Hittite Empire after his father passes away. He is placed in that position over all of his older half brothers and he wonders why.

Knowing that it isn’t his rightful role he struggles to keep everyone happy and his relationships with his family members on the right track. However with his best friend and cousin the rightful person to take the throne,Tudhaliya is torn between his loyalty to his family and dear friend and his duty to the throne. Add to this story the  forces working against him and he doesn’t know who to trust. Should we just trust people because they are family or should he be guarded against everyone and anyone.

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The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

The Sun at Twilight (Empire at Twilight #4)The Sun at Twilight by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really getting into N.L. Holmes’ books and The Sun at Twilight is another fantastic read! It’s the fourth in the Empire at Twilight series – set in the 13th Century BCE near the end of the Hittite Empire. The books focus on different characters during this period – in this case, it is the King Tudhaliya IV.
As I’ve said before, N.L. Holmes does a fantastic job of bringing historical worlds to life. She draws on historical evidence to inform the stories and their settings, creating vivid pictures of what life might have been like. Empire at Twilight takes place in a time and place I knew very little about so it has been very educational, as well as inspiring me to look into what artefacts have survived from this period.
The story is exciting and compelling. It opens with the protagonist mourning his late father and setting out his hopes and fears for his coming reign. There are already plenty of complications in family dynamics and allegiances, and people waiting to take advantage of the change in leadership. As the story progresses, there are even more twists and turns.
For me, this is a five star book. I would recommend this series to adult readers who enjoy historical fiction and want to be transported far back in time.

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