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Before reading this book, I had never heard of the Hittites Now I have and I also know of this time in our history than I had ever hoped to know and it s because of this book Make no mistake, this is no history lesson It is a magnificent historical novel so well written you can t help but find yourself bang smack in the middle of the action Highly recommended. This is a fascinating book When I first read it back in 1983 I d no idea of how much impact the Hittites had on history While it is a novel, historical sources like the Armana letters were used as a base This adds a richness to the setting that you ll never see in most novels, or even in a lot of histories If you read anything this year, make it I, the Sun [Download E-pub] ⚖ I, the Sun ♥ From Palace Coups In The Lost City F Hattusas To Treachery In The Egyptian Court Of Tutankhamun, I, The Sun, The Saga Of The Hittite King Suppiluliumas, Rings With Authenticity And The Passion Of A World That Existed Fourteen Hundred Years Before The Birth Of Christ They Called Him Great King, Favorite Of The Storm God, The Valiant He Conquered Than Forty Nations And Brought Fear And War To The Very Doorstep Of Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt, But He Could Not Conquer The One Woman He Truly Loved An exceptional story brilliantly told A must for any fan of historical fiction if you like Michener or Clavell, you ll thoroughly enjoy this story For the ancient history aficionados, Janet Morris crafts a convincingly real drama of the life of the Hittite King Suppiluliuma ca 1344 1322 BC Cleverly told via first person narrative, the reader is brought into the mind of the king as he deals with the competing demands of empire and family Add to this the painstaking research that virtually qualifies her as a Hittite scholar, Ms Morris has adeptly woven a biographical chronicle that is both intriguing and compelling and never dull Battle scenes will leave the reader ducking arrows. History has always fascinated me and one of the most fascinating civilizations that I believe captures the imagination of many, is Egypt You can just never get enough of it Janet Morris weaves an amazingly accurate and vividly detailed story I am in awe of the amount of research that must have gone into it But research is just one part of writing the book To make history accessible and interesting is something that the author has done incredibly well Till I read this book, I had only heard about the Hittites in passing as part of some fictional story, though they did pique my interest enough to read up a bit about them But I realize now that I just grazed the tip of the iceberg In I, the Sun, the author describes a world of kings and queens, of heroism, betrayal, deceit and passion It is a long book, but I found myself staying up to read just one chapter , and it took me a lot longer than usual to finish but it was well worth it.This is an amazing read, an incredible journey, and I have to commend the author for the passion and dedication that has gone into the writing of this book This masterpiece of historical fiction was based on the actual writings and historical records of Suppiluliumas I, the great Hittite king who dominated the Middle East around the 14th century, BC He rebuilt the old capital of Hattusas, and from there exercised his Imperial Power over the Hittite heartland, controlling the lands between the Mediterranean and Euphrates But he was not a king to sit back on his throne and pull the strings of his minions, advisors and subjects No, he was hands on, and long before he became king he made his way in the world, fighting and whoring and playing politics His military career included dealing with the eastern kingdom of Mitanni, and regaining a solid grip on Syria I, The Sun was first published in 1983 by Dell Books, and with this classic story of Suppliluliumas I, author Janet Morris laid the groundwork for her most famous fictional character Tempus the Black, whom she first introduced in the original Thieves World series, and in her own, later novels such as Beyond Sanctuary, Beyond the Veil, Beyond Wizardwall, and The Sacred Band, written in collaboration with her husband, Chris Morris In I, The Sun, Janet Morris weaves a brilliant, sprawling tapestry of events in the life of this great king of the ancient world, whom we first meet when he is known by his birth name, Tasmisarri This historical novel, cleverly written in first person to stand as the official autobiography of Tasmisarri Suppiluliumas, begins with the death of his father, the Great King Arnuwandas Since Tasmi cannot sit the throne until his majority, his uncle Tuthaliyas inherits the crown But so much can happen until Tasmi comes of age, and so, to keep his own brothers from killing each other and him, and thus seizing the throne, Tuthaliyas adopts Tasmi and makes him his heir From that moment on young Tasmi is surrounded by the political maneuverings and machinations of such players as another of his late father s brothers, Prince Kantuzilis, whose nature is far malicious than princely Even Asmunikal, Tasmi s mother, has her own secret agenda, and very soon he is caught up in court intrigue, surrounded by enemies and sycophants, becomes embroiled in one military engagement after another, and grows to become a major player in the game of empires.Tasmi first becomes a pupil to Kuwatna ziti, a lord and warrior who is also a servant of the Sun Goddess of Arinna Kuwatna ziti recruits Tasmi for the Storm God Teshub of Hatti, husband to the Sun Goddess And thus begins Tasmi s education He later meets Daduhepa, a lord s spoiled brat serving at the temple to make her holy until she can be sold off in marriage Tasmi falls for her and then, unable to control his needs and desire for her, rapes and takes her virginity But she is of high birth, and so Kuwatna ziti tries to mend things by saying it would do them all good if Tasmi married the girl So Tasmi agrees to marry Daduhepa, and she becomes his first wife and the mother of first son, who he names Arnuwandas II, after his late father When Tasmi is sent to the garrison at Samuha, he learns that Daduhepa is again with child, his second son, named Piyassili But she will not join her husband at that frontier garrison, and goes instead to Hattusas, the old capital city In the meantime, Tasmi grows farther into manhood fighting the wild tribes of Gasga, and takes for himself a lawful concubine named Titai, much against the wishes of his friend and comrade, Kuwatna ziti Please note Titai is the only fictional character in this historical novel After a nasty winter, Tasmi, Titai and Kuwatna ziti travel to Hattusas, and from there Tasmi intends to return to Samuha with his wife and new born son But Uncle Tuthaliyas, the Great King, orders Tasmi to remain in Hattusas Allegedly, and against Tasmi s wishes, Titai works magic against the Great King, who grows increasingly ill And there is to her story, to her relationship with Tasmi and her ultimate fate that I will not reveal here Soon Tasmi s thoughts turn toward kingship and how it might best be administered by his own hand.During Tuthaliyas illness, his brother Kantuzilis Tasmi s other uncle assumes the throne and plots to rid himself of Tasmi by sending him and his men to war against the Arzawaens, the Gasgaeans, and the other tribes of the lower country Suspicious of the machinations of both is uncles, and uncertain of even his own mother s loyalty, Tasmisarri confers with Kuwatna ziti and his most trusted men But at this point they have no choice other than to march off to war securing all, conquering all in the name and for the glory of his uncle, the Great King Tuthaliyas But Tasmi s suspicions and fears ride with him, and he begins making plans of his own Upon their triumphant return to Hattusas, where they are to be honored, Tasmisarri and his men find that the Great King Tuthaliyas has fallen even ill, and is now half mad The Great King denounces Tasmi and his heroes, and right then and there Tasmi realizes that he must now follow through with his plans He in turn confronts and denounces Tuthaliyas swords are drawn, blood is spilled, and uncles are slain Tasmi, victorious, is now proclaimed Tabarna, my lord, Great King and all other appellations When Tasmi s mother Asmunikal denounces and turns her back on him, he exiles her to the isle of Alashiya Now Tasmi begins to round up the families of those lords who opposed him to be executed or sent into exile Tasmi then renounces the name Tasmisarri, the name his mother gave him, and declares himself Suppiluliumas, meaning Pure Spring There is so much to this grand historical novel that for me to keep relating events in this review would be an exercise in exhaustion Suffice to say that Morris characters live and breathe and bleed, driving the story forward, providing all the drama and intrigue one expects from any novel, fictional or factual, that deals with kings, queens, and dynasties This novel is textured, layered, and rich in intrigue, action, and complex characters that stand at the center of this autobiographical novel Suppiluliumas is no two dimensional character by any means he is truly one of the most engaging, interesting, and perplexing characters I ve encountered in a long time Cruel, vengeful, even blood thirsty at times he is not unkind, not without heart And because Morris used his own writings to add depth and texture to this novel, she has given us greater insight to his thoughts and feeling Here he speaks of what it is like to be king It is a lonely thing to be a king unloved by his land It is anguish deep beyond measuring, to be a general separate from his armies Power s curse comes in an ache behind the eyes from reading and folds around the belly a snakelike girdle of fat from sitting Or here, in this passage, where he broods about war Never again have I felt such loathing for war and death Some say it is a thing of youth personally, I think every man whose word sends others to their deaths must experience it, or become like the stone god Ullikummis with no heart in him to speak like a mortal man s Indeed A little research will reveal to you the accomplishments of this ancient king, whose name was unfamiliar to me until I first heard of this novel Although established in the Bronze Age, the Hittites were forerunners of the Iron Age, developing the manufacture of iron artifacts from as early as the 14th century BC The Hittites were also famous for their skill in building and using chariots, a skill which gave them a military advantage Janet Morris truly nails their time and their place in history the settings, traditions and customs of the various people in this part of the ancient world, the very grandeur of their era ring true with the vivid poetry of her writing This is a well executed and thought provoking historical novel, filled with character drama, romance, tragedy, action, plot and counter plot There is a certain power that comes through while reading this novel, a power derived from knowing that this is real life as it was lived nearly 2000 years before Christ, told to us by a master of storytelling and history Janet Morris paints a solid portrait of Tasmisarri, Prince of the Realm wild, reckless, a rebel, who later in life becomes Suppiluliumas, the Great King, the Pure Spring At first, in his youth, Tasmi comes across as arrogant and even heartless, but beneath all that we can see the makings of a brilliant leader, a ruler who cares about his people and his empire Just thinking about the amount of research Morris did in preparation to writing this epic, the note taking, the outlining, the planning, staggers my mind These ancient dynasties were complex and convoluted, and keeping names, dates and events straight alone are worthy of praise Janet Morris is, besides being a wonderfully gifted writer and storyteller, a devoted scholar of history, and this novel was truly a labor of love for her Joe Bonadonna, author of Mad Shadows The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser, Three Against The Stars, and Waters of Darkness. I had been looking forward to reading this for a while and I was not disappointed This book is superb Based on actual events save one character this story recounts the life of Suppiluliumas, King of the Hittites, favourite of the Storm God, and empire builder Told from the perspective of the king himself it is an exciting, moving and in some places heart rending story of the adolescent and angry prince who survives court intrigue, treachery, heartbreak and war to lead his people to a golden age Translations from actual historical tablets merge in with the author s own words to present this fantastic book and present a vivid recounting of a world which existed fourteen centuries before the birth of Christ This must be remembered when reading this book, as it tells of slavery, violence and inequality against women, atrocities of war and other issues which harken back to a different morality than our own The author neither condones nor condemns these views they are a fact of the time.In many ways the story is tragic and I have to say, even though in a couple of places I guessed at events and I knew the ending I was almost moved to tears, I did not want to story to end A touching and rather sad love story interweaves, proving that whatever else Suppiluliumas was he was still a man, and a flawed one at that I was totally drawn in by the diverse, well described characters and their culture, from the lowliest slave girl to the man who was favoured by the gods The Storm God himself is enigmatic but his role is crucial to the story and in following him one follows the journey of the man who was known as the Sun.Highly recommended, this will certainly be added to my list of favourite books.I will also be seeking out other books about this time period as it is so fascinating. Before I share with you some of the exquisite writing in I, the Sun, let me start at the end On the last page of the book you will find an impressive bibliography list that attests to the meticulous research into the life and times of Suppiluliumas, who was a great warrior and statesman This research provides the detail, the authentic detail necessary for constructing the shell of this story, its events and the descriptions of the locale It is into this shell that the author, Janet Morris, has blown a breath life, fleshing out a fascinating historical figure His voice has an unmistaken elegance to it Describing a mysterious presence that follows him throughout his life, Suppiluliumas says, He has been in my dreams before every moment of crisis, for every tumble onto truth that has ever befallen me, striding away, his shoulders like a second horizon We follow Suppiluliumas starting at the age of 14, just before his coming of age ceremony, until the moment he hands the kingdom over to his successor, his first born son Arnuwandas In place of showing Suppiluliumas drawing his last breath, we witness him being summoned to the top of the hill, as his chariot starts ascending He is on his way to meet his fate, symbolically represented by the Storm God It is an epic saga, with heroic action bringing the Hittite kingdom to Imperial power and consolidating its heartland Seen through the man in the eye of the storm, we gain a brilliant power of observation He says, My life always had events taking place within and without at different intensities On the outer edges, matters foment and wild winds blow on the inner, things display themselves to meticulous examination under a clear sky The writing gives a sense of a depth to the character, and so does the cover art I simply love the way it is layered a The deepest layer is adorned with images done in relief based on the hero s adventure a Hittite king standing in his chariot and aiming his arrow at a stag b The middle layer done as the royal seal of Suppiluliumas c The front layer containing the title, in immensely solid, metallic letters that quite appropriately reflect a strong sunlight.Five stars. If you thought political scheming, familial betrayal, and murderous plots interwoven in any way you care to think of and treacherous tales of love and lust was a theme invented by the modern world about us, or the likes of George R R Martin, then think again.Hittite king Suppiluliumas is a historical figure who lived during the second millennium BCE In I the Sun, we follow the epic scope of his life From an angry, arrogant boy who was just as likely to be murdered in his sleep by his siblings to accomplished military leader and tactician, loyal to his men, but ignorant of the bureaucratic intrigue that could still result in an untimely end to the brilliant leader who cared as much for his people as he did for the empire he worked so hard to inherit.But what a journey it took to get there, for even his own family were without scruples, and colored by traditions that were as calculating, as they were cold and merciless Think of Suppiluliumas as a king in the making amid a pit of vipers.Despite the odds, he overcame everything to achieve the throne in a game that was as staggering in its scope as it was brutal.And remember, this man actually livedIf you re looking for a quality read, one that is as meticulously researched and historically factual as it is thought provoking and intellectually stimulating, then look no further The journey of Suppiluliumas life will possess you, entertain you, and keep you enthralled to the very end.A polished and accomplished epic, as gripping today as it will be decades from now.A Game of Thrones for adults. The best historical fiction I read in years, since picking McCullough s The First Man in Rome , which happened some decades ago, decades that were filled with historical novels aplenty for me But not like this one I, The Sun left me completely enthralled It s a fairly long read and I found myself racing through it, eager to know what s next while at the same time trying to prolong the reading I knew I won t be happy when it ll come to the end, simply because I would love to read and And indeed, the moment I finished, I found myself peeking into the opening pages anew, to be caught in the magic of Suppiluliumas I s life or Tasmisarri for some all over again I just didn t want to part my ways with this great Hittite king, his inner world, his glorious deeds and no less fascinating thoughts about all this, his passions and disappointments, his qualms and dilemmas, his love for his women, some of them, and his infatuations with others, his hatred for some his enemies and his understanding and acceptance of others, his patience with his children and heirs, and most of all, his reflective thoughts, the observance of his nature, or at least this is how he has been presented in this masterpiece of historical work.Another merit of this novel is its rareness Having read historical novels concerning this or that period of Egyptian history, I never ran into Hittite s side of telling the story Usually these people appear as a background, an exotic enemy to keep this or that Egyptian court on its toes But not this time This time it s all about Suppiluliumas I, the Great King, the Favorite of the Storm God, his conquests, his struggles, the story of his life And as much as I want to, I m not sure I will find another historical novel featuring the Hittites of Hattusas and not just as a part of the story of their powerful neighbors such as Egyptians or Babylonians The first person narrative made it easier to sympathize with the Great King, understand him and feel as though being one of his confidants The author made the brilliant job of balancing the historical credibility while presenting us with a man whose values were so far away from our modern day reader and yet whose deeds were still understandable, still acceptable, still human in the way they had been presented, through his inner thoughts and feelings This is the most definite sign of worthy historical fiction for me, the ability of the writer to make the reader understand and sympathize with the character without taking his, or her, authenticity and believable way of behavior away I can t recommend this novel highly enough I wish there was to this tale