Gilbert, Greta, Enslaved by the Desert Trader, (Richmond, Surrey: Mills & Boon, 2016).
Title: Enslaved by the Desert Trader
Author: Greta Gilbert
Issues: Gendered Expectations (Women); Interracial Relationship; POC; Slavery; WOC
Passion hotter than the Egyptian sun…
In the Great Pyramid of King Khufu, resourceful Kiya works tirelessly, disguised as a boy. But then fearsome raiders arrive and, running for her life, she is captured by a hardened desert trader…
When he realizes what a beauty he has enslaved, Tahar knows he could—and should—sell her for a handsome price. But Kiya is not easily tamed. And when a wild heat explodes between them, shattering all thoughts of resistance, Tahar must find a way to keep her as his own!
Five thousand years ago a civilization emerged in the Nile River Valley to become one of the most enduring the world has ever known. For three thousand years it thrived, isolated by desert and sea and sustained by the river Nile itself.
We know it as ancient Egypt-though the Egyptians themselves called their kingdom Khemet, or Black Land, after the rich black silt deposited by the Nile’s annual flood. The silt nourished crops, feeding one million souls and filling the coffers of Khemetian god kings-not called pharaohs until circa 1400 BC-who used their wealth to build spectacular tombs.
Perhaps the greatest such tomb, King Khufu’s Great Pyramid, inspired this story. For centuries the Great Pyramid has been the subject of intense scrutiny, yet many of its mysteries remain unsolved. Recently some researchers have argued that the Great Pyramid hides chambers containing Kind Khufu’s funeral cache. If found, such an undisturbed hoard of wealth would rival King Tutankhamun’s tomb as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever.
We might never know all the Great Pyramid’s secrets, but we can dream. And we can imagine the people who labored to build and raid it. Their lives might not have been so different from ours after all. Like us, they lived in a time of climatic uncertainties and vexing social inequalities, but also a time of amazing discoveries and miraculous feats. And like us, they shared that most enduring wonder of all-love.
I hope you enjoy their story!