Harp of Joy

Written by Yvonne Harlech
Review by Towse Harrison

Harp of Joy completes the story started in Mistress of the Temple giving us the story of Dorothy Eady’s life as she makes her home in Egypt in the early 1930s, finally devoting herself to Abydos and the reconstruction of the temple of Sety I. Dorothy’s life is fascinating in itself as a woman living alone in Egypt and working with the patriarchal archaeologists of the time. She had an almost intuitive understanding of temple life and ritual in ancient Egypt which brought her respect. However, the passionate belief she held in her past life as a priestess of Isis (Bentreshy) and her intimate relationship with Sety I made her a legend in Abydos as Omm Sety takes the story to a different level that encompasses both archaeology and mysticism.

Harlech has a similar passion for ancient Egypt and the beliefs, rituals and mystical understanding of its peoples. As such she is masterful in creating believable worlds, whether that be 1930s Egypt, Egypt in 3200 BC, or in the timeless world of the Egyptian afterlife. It is easy to become absorbed in Omm Sety’s lives as her spirit traverses the dimensions of past, present, future and always. The gods are real, the legends based on fact and our scepticism based only on the narrowness of our modern minds.

Highly recommended.