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Crown Princess Nindalla knows the terrifying power of Sargon of Akkad’s army: Ten years ago, it destroyed her home city and killed her parents. Now the nightmare is happening again. The Akkadians conquer her new home, Susa; make her a widow; and strip her of her rank. Nindalla vows to protect her children from her enemies by any means necessary, including marrying whoeverCrown Princess Nindalla knows the terrifying power of Sargon of Akkad’s army: Ten years ago, it destroyed her home city and killed her parents. Now the nightmare is happening again. The Akkadians conquer her new home, Susa; make her a widow; and strip her of her rank. Nindalla vows to protect her children from her enemies by any means necessary, including marrying whoever can shield them best. With plots swirling around her, can she trust her instincts to tell friends from foes? Farm boy Ur-sag-enki was forced to become a soldier in the Akkadian army ten years ago after it destroyed his home and left him with nothing. When the Akkadians conquer Susa, he is awarded its governorship. He looks forward to settling down to the normal family life he craves. First, though, he must keep control of Susa despite enemies who exploit his inexperience, and he must gain legitimacy by persuading beautiful former princess Nindalla to marry him. But can he win her heart when it was his hand that struck down her husband?...

Title : Like Mayflies in a Stream
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Like Mayflies in a Stream Reviews

  • Rosalind M
    2019-04-19 13:11

    I've never searched for any information about Gilgamesh, never really been interested beyond watching documentaries which have attempted to describe ancient cultures for modern humanity. But Shauna Roberts's novel brings life to a subject that has always seemed rather dry to me. Her reconstruction of life as Gilgamesh and his people may have experienced it gives color to a history that formerly seemed like nothing more than clay shards; cuneiform; and unfamiliarly stiff ancient verse. The characters read as real people, fleshed out with expectations, shortcomings, and desires. LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAM has been an absorbing read, and I look forward to the next civilization, ancient or otherwise, that Shauna Roberts chooses to bring to life.

  • GUD Magazine
    2019-04-25 12:56

    While I found the cover off-putting for a handful of reasons, once inside I was caught in the flow of the narrative. Roberts realizes her players well, showing multiple sides to mythic characters, and the details she puts into this historical re-imagining of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" really bring the story to life.I was not familiar with the myth prior to reading Roberts' interpretation, and I think that it stands well on its own. We are quickly, and rather brutally, introduced to the deprivations of the King, Gilgamesh, and the cloud that hangs over the citizens of his city. He is both their protector and their destroyer. Also in play are Shamhat, a priestess of Inanna, who has personal connections to both the King and the newly-forming rebellion; Zaidu, a trapper who sets the story in motion; and Enkidu, beast-man raised by gazelles, who becomes the fulcrum of change.The King is a bull of a man: muscular, quick-tempered, and driven by powerful lusts. He cripples the men he wrestles, races others beyond exhaustion, and now has claimed first "rights" to any bride. Gilgamesh answers to no one but the gods—and while the temple grows rich from offerings left by those begging the goddess Inanna for protection, the clergy are simply one more voice that the King ignores.When Zaidu comes to Gilgamesh with his tale of a beast-man destroying his traps, the King sees that perhaps he has found an equal to try. Gilgamesh sends Shamhat into the desert with Zaidu to tame the beast-man and bring him back to the city.The emotional and political twists and turns are best experienced firsthand. I recommend this novel for both its fast pacing and insightfulness, as well as for its historical grounding, and I look forward to more from Hadley Rille Books' Archaeology Series.The review copy was provided by the publisher and will be retained by the reviewer.

  • Barbara Martin
    2019-04-07 11:23

    This is a fictionalized story about Gilgamesh in ancient Mesopotamia where Ms Roberts has developed an in-depth detailed description of Sumarian life in 2800 BC in the city of Uruk. From what I know of the story of King Gilgamesh, Ms Roberts has not deviated much from the tale to portray the characters in a manner she feels would be appropriate for their stature in the community. The story is seen through multiple points of view from Enkidu, the wild man who lives with the gazelles in the desert; Gilgamesh, the cruel tyrant king of Uruk, and Shamhat, a temple priestess of the Goddess Ianna, who fears the wrath of the gods over Gilgamesh’s behaviour.There are two dream prophecies: one from the temple priest, Nanna-Ur-Sag, of a man from the wild who will humble Gilgamesh to restore peace and order to the city; and one from the King, Gilgamesh, of meeting a man who will become a companion to him, his second self.When word comes to Uruk of a wild man from the desert, Gilgamesh thinks this is the person to relieve his boredom. He arranges for Shamhat to ‘tame’ the wild man Enkidu and bring him back. Little does Gilgamesh know that Shamhat has her own plans for Enkidu to restore favour with the gods.Once begun this book was difficult to put down as there were always new questions that needed to be answered. The background information and interaction between the characters is richly described and believable. I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in ancient Sumarian civilization to have a look at what life may have been like. This would also be a good young adult book.

  • Charles
    2019-04-10 07:01

    I found this a really compelling read. Just great characters and a very realistic feel to the historical world. The basic story is a retelling of the Gilgamesh legend, but the mythology is fleshed out with supporting characters who seem extremely real. By the time I got to the second half of the book I was loath to take a break from it and was turning the pages rapidly to find out what happened next.

  • Themattlondon
    2019-04-07 06:03

    An incredible retelling of the Gilgamesh myth. Well-researched, authentic, gripping. I would recommend this to everyone.

  • Amie's Book Reviews
    2019-03-31 06:57

    LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAMAuthor: Shauna RobertsType of Book: Audiobook - UnabridgedNarrator: Hollie JacksonLength: 6 hours, 52 minutesRelease Date: July 14, 2014Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Hadley Rille Books Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This audiobook was downloaded from approx. 4750 years agoThis is a retelling of The Epic of Gilgamesh. The book was an interesting and entertaining listening experience. Set in the ancient world of Mesopotamia in the time of King Gilgamesh, in the great city of Uruk, this book follows the intertwined lives of several interesting characters. Gilgamesh may be the most powerful King of the most powerful city in the land, but that does not mean that he is a good King. In fact, he is anything but a benevolent ruler. He claims the right to bed any bride on her wedding night and exercises that right often and with brutality. He forces citizens to wrestle him and does not care when they are left crippled and unable to support themselves or their families afterward. Citizens of Gilgamesh's city have been flocking to the temples of their Gods in droves asking for assistance and protection. The temple priests and priestesses are desperate to find a way to turn Gilgamesh into a King worthy of worship and adoration rather than fear and hatred. Shamhat, a priestess of Inanna, is sent into the wilderness to find and civilize a wild-man who is thought to be a match for Uruk's violent King. The priestesses are hoping that he will be able to humble Gilgamesh. This story brings to a life a tale that has endured the test of time. It is a book that examines the benefits of being part of a society (civilization) versus the benefits of living free and relying on no one but yourself. Which is better? Why? It also highlights the drawbacks of both lifestyle choices. Is it better to give up your freedom in exchange for comfort and security? And what happens when the leader who is responsible for maintaining order thinks only of himself and not his citizens? The character of Shamhat is a wonderfully vivid character and Hollie Jackson (the narrator) skillfully brings her to life in stunning detail. Her voice is perfect for this character and greatly enhances the listening experience. This book is not meant for younger readers since it contains sexually explicit and violent situations. If you have not yet heard the tale of Gilgamesh or it has been a while since you have read it, I highly recommend listening to it as an audiobook. It is an experience that you will not regret. Everyone should know the tale of Gilgamesh and this book does a great job with that epic tale. The author has included many fascinating cultural details as well as details about the ancient gods and how they were worshipped. I found the description of ancient burial rites as well as the intricacies of ancient commerce particularly interesting. There are Author Notes included at the conclusion of this audiobook which offers even more details. I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Shauna Roberts was born in Ohio and has lived an interesting life. She has a wide variety of interests and affiliations. For more information about Shauna Roberts visit her website at To read more of my reviews visit Follow me on @Amieroger

  • The_Book_Queen
    2019-04-20 08:01

    The “Epic of Gilgamesh” comes alive with the vivid descriptions, characters, and crisp writing talent of Shauna Roberts! Although it is a retelling of an ancient myth, one that perhaps not all of us are as familiar with as, say, King Arthur, Like Mayflies in a Stream is written in such a way that it gives a fresh voice to an otherwise ordinary tale. If you enjoy a good historical novel, or if you are already interested in anything related to mythology, then this is the book for you! No matter the age, from teens to adults, this makes a quick, fascinating read. Roberts provides a look into the past, during a time long ago, but connects the characters to the reader in such a way that you almost forget this is taking place centuries ago-- it feels real, and it's believable. As they say, human nature doesn't change much, even over thousands of years, but the strong connection to the characters is mostly because of Roberts' skills at weaving a story together. My only criticism, if you can call if that, is the descriptions were a bit much at times. Not necessarily a bad thing, but due to my personal preference, there were times when Roberts' almost painted the scene too vividly-- such as during the battles or gory scenes. Again, this is more of personal preference, since I'm not one for gory movies/books and the scenes I talk about from Like Mayflies in a Stream are actually pretty tame compared to many stories out there. 4 STARS! After covering the “Epic of Gilgamesh” in my mythology class last semester, this was an interesting retelling of the story. I enjoyed the story Roberts created around the epic tale while still allowing the reader to glimpse the original “myth” beneath the story. Very well written, entertaining, and quick-- this is not like most historical novels, which cover 700 plus pages and seem to drag on instead of flow smoothly. A good recommendation for anyone, history fans or not, as a refreshing break from the normal paranormal and fantasy novels out there.

  • Ren Garcia
    2019-03-30 10:16

    Prior to reading Dr. Shauna Robert’s "Like Mayflies in a Stream" all that I knew of ancient Mesopotamia was a picture of a fossilized footprint in my set of childrens’ encyclopedias, the fabulous ziggurat at Ur, a small section of pre-rolled characters in my beloved D&D Legends and Lore book and a few days of study in my Mythology 101 class in high school. Dr Roberts, who has a clear passion for the subject, brings it all back to life in this revisitation of the story of Enkidu from the wild and Gilgamesh.Similar to Dan Brown’s "The DaVinci Code", Dr. Roberts skillfully integrates mythological characters with invented ones sprinkled with a learned primer of life and culture in ancient Mesopotamia. The reader gets a taste of it all, from fabrics and textures to foods and drinks the ancients prepared and enjoyed. She also attempts to “normalize” the mythologicals a bit by making them more mortal and removing some of their more superhuman aspects (for example, I recall from my old reading that Shamhat made love to Enkidu for six days and nights as she integrated him into human culture—it doesn’t quite happen that way in the book though that would have been way cool).Dr. Roberts does an amazing job depicting Gilgamesh, the great hero of the Sumerian pantheon. As I recall, Gilgamesh was a real wildcard, helping one moment and creating chaos the next. The Gilgamesh in the story embodies that chaos, wrestling, racing and beating his people into submission. I highly recommend "Like Mayflies in a Stream" to any who enjoy a good bit of fiction and romance, mixed in with a literal journey through a rich but forgotten culture.

  • Debra Mullins
    2019-04-21 14:02

    I adore books set in the ancient world. As soon as I saw this one was set in Mesopotamia, that was all I needed. LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAM is a skillful retelling of the Gilgamesh epic told from the point of view of Shamhat, a priestess of Inanna. Shamhat loves her life as a priestess and strives to always do as the goddess would want. She has taken a vow of chastity, which was only set aside once for a special feast day when she was selected to play a part in a ceremony that left her pregnant by King Gilgamesh. Her son is being raised by the temple to be a priest and doesn't know who his parents are, since he is considered to be the son of the goddess. Nevertheless, Shamhat loves him as a mother and would do anything for him. These very human feelings come into direct conflict with her committment to her vows when she is ordered to go to the desert and bring back a wild man to challenge Gilgamesh, whose restlessness has made him reckless and endangered the lives of his people. I was absolutely riveted by the political maneuvering and Shamhat's internal struggle to do the right thing and yet still save her son and brother and other friends whose lives were put into precarious positions by the capriciousness of their king.The world created by Shauna Roberts completely sucked me in and made me feel as if I had been transported to the ancient city of Uruk--the sights, the smells, the culture of the people. If you're an ancient world geek like I am, you will love this book! And if you aren't...this book might make you one.

  • V
    2019-04-05 11:10

    This story is a (fairly) realistic novelization of the Epic of Gilgamesh that is told mostly- but not entirely- from the point of view of the priestess who has been sent to tame the wild man Enkidu. The premise is a good one and the author does an excellent job of fleshing out many details of ordinary life in Sumerian times. I mostly enjoyed the story but, as usual, have a few small gripes...In the process of making the story more realistic, some of the mythic resonance of the original tale is lost, especially when the author uses modern idiom. Also, the pace of the story seems a little off, richly detailed and increasingly suspenseful for the first, say, two-thirds and then sort of petering out at the end. I was a little disappointed that there were no details about the two quests from the point of view of Gilgamesh or Enkidu... but events of those journeys are far from "realistic," which may be one reason the author chose to leave them out. I wonder how this story would do if written with more of a flavor of magical realism.But those criticisms are minor. I think this story really is worth having a look at.

  • Lynn Franklin
    2019-04-05 09:01

    Before starting this book, I knew nothing about The Epic of Gilgamesh. While I love reading about archaeology and archaeologists, I've shied away from books attempting to actually tell a story from ancient people's point of view. I kept picturing Elizabeth Peters' delightful spoofs along the lines of "Urg spotted the goddess and wanted her for himself." (See Peters' delightful Die for Love (Jacqueline Kirby).)Based on a friend's recommendation, however, I downloaded a sample and couldn't stop reading. The characters are realistic and lovingly rendered. The heroine retains her strength and independence despite the pressures of a society that views females as nothing more than property and baby-making machines.The best part, however, is the ease of reading. Shauna Roberts weaves in historical detail in a way that keeps the story moving and, at the same time, educates the reader. At no point did I have to stop and backtrack to figure out what was happening in the book. As another reviewer mentioned, what a great way to learn history!

  • Barron
    2019-03-29 09:54

    I really did enjoy this book. You might calm it literary historical fiction. Therefore is some romance in it, but the romance is not the point of the story.It is set in Mesopotamia during the reign of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is a horrible king. He does pretty much whatever he wants to do without regard for anyone or anything else. He rapes the wife of one citizen and her husband vows to seek revenge on the king from that moment on. And that is where the main story starts. The rest of the story centers around a wild man who is lured to the city and tamed by one of the priestesses. It is prophesied that he is will overcome the king and humble him, which he eventually does but not in the way everyone thinks he will.This is a wonderful story and well narrated as well. I never got bored listening to the story or the narrator. I very much recommend this audiobook for anyone who enjoys historical fiction or just plain good books.

  • Masterrabbi
    2019-04-02 13:22

    Content: A narrative novel set in the oldest human epic is a challenge that is well matched in Like Mayflies in a Stream. The perspective from Shamhut is refreshing and well done, offering a less favorable view of the king. Covering the first five tablets of the epic, with some liberty taken in the seventh for the end of the book, I still feel I've visited Uruk.Narrator: Hollie Jackson did a fine job with a crisp and easy to follow read with a perfect balance in doing voices but not sounding too far off.Writing: I'm used to flowery prose and like it. I found this book too straightforward to me, with many statements. To be far, she comes from anthropology and the sciences, so my expectations may be a bit high. The first chapter was really odd, though I think this might be an attempt to capture the simple mind of a child. This took it from a 3.5 to 4 down to a 3 to 3.5 for me.Conclusion: If interested in the content and genre, it is a great entry with sold reading.

  • Steve Malley
    2019-04-23 09:13

    Forget history. Forget accuracy and detail. This retelling of The Epic of Gilgamesh is a simply fantastic novel. The writing is clean and compelling, the storytelling brilliant. There's plenty of action, a kind and sensitive heart to the story and one of the best heroines I've ever encountered.Okay, now the history. Now the accuracy and detail. Like Mayflies in a stream is one of the best historicals I've read, especially considering the period in which it's set. Shauna Roberts clearly knows her stuff. Better still, she manages not to dump her knowledge in our laps. Instead she creates a subtle, thorough and convincing portrait of this lost world, seamlessly bringing the modern reader into a culture very different from our own. It's an impressive feat of literary sleight-of-hand. Just beautifully done.From start to finish, Like Mayflies in a Stream swept me up and refused to let me go...

  • Joanne Renaud
    2019-04-07 13:10

    There's not enough historical novels about ancient Mesopotamia out there, and I was delighted to find this sexy, smart and historically aware retelling of Gilgamesh by Shauna Roberts. In some ways it feels more like an expanded novella than an actual novel, but it was a fun, fast read; I loved the sexual tension between the priestess Shamhat and the two men she felt drawn too. On one hand you have the strategically minded Zaidu, the hunter; and then there's the massive feral-but-lovable man-child Enkidu. And then you have Gil himself. He's not really the hero in this one; he's kind of like... Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, who has a philosophical awakening at the end (as opposed to falling from a roof). Now, excuse me while I giggle for hours imagining an ancient Sumerian take on Gaston's theme song...

  • Deedra
    2019-04-24 10:18

    his was an interesting take on the Gilgamesh stories.The author explains at the end where she got her information on clothing,foods,etc since there is no actual acct of these things.The story follows Gilgamesh,the king,a tyrant who thinks he's making good decisions and a priestess who tries to point him in the right direction.I thought the story was slow and all the names of places and people just jumbled in my mind.The narrator,Hollie Jackson,was a fine selection for this material.I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

  • D
    2019-04-15 09:10

    This author described a time completely foreign to me, so well that I continued thinking of the inhabitants long after closing the book. So many details are included in the lives of the characters, that I could practically taste the meals, and feel the aches in my feet! The fight scenes were gruesome! The love scenes were underplayed. Not my regular reading genre, so it was a good stretch for me. I was anxious to turn every page to read the story unfold.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-04 10:53

    This book is a novelized version of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia, and one of the earliest known works of literary writing (or so says Wikipedia). The story takes place approx. 4750 years ago in the city of Uruk, and tells the story of King Gilgamesh. A very interesting story, with lots of details about daily life of that time period.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-29 06:23

    I wasn’t familiar with the Epic of Gilgamesh, but enjoyed reading this retelling of the ancient tale.

  • Carleen
    2019-04-11 13:16

    Great book for readers of historicals that are well-researched and well-written.