Oswald brings the ancient Egypt of 2350 B.C. to life in her solid debut which chronicles the tale of young Egyptologist struggling to unearth her destiny. To find proof to support a new time-line theory, called Dynasty Zero, pre-dating the First Dynasty, the lovely Egyptologist, Cassandra Seldon, is in Egypt. After she happens upon an ancient artifact from Queen Iput’s tomb, she feels a strong connection to the long-dead queen. Unable to part with the enigmatic artifact, Cassandra decides to decipher its mystery by herself. As past secrets unravel, Cassandra finds her life running parallel to the queen’s. Oswald keeps the action moving throughout the narrative, providing intriguing detail of the ancient Egyptian era, from women wearing makeup to the Pharaohs buried in pyramids with priceless treasure, as well as packs in plenty of emotional punches. The characters are deep, and the ongoing complications in their evolving relationships keep the tension high. Oswald’s combination of the suspenseful plot with the characters’ emotionally deep interpersonal dynamics add depth to the narrative. The switch between the two timelines is effortless, the passages from Cassandra’s past are haunting, and the storyline is intriguing. With vivid settings, meticulously, affectionately drawn cast, and a finely tuned mystery, the novel makes for a pure gem guaranteed to satisfy both thriller and historical fiction fans.