Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Heretic Queen

Michelle Moran is one of my absolute favorite authors! I discovered her last year and instantly devoured her three books about Nefertiti, Nefertari and Cleopatra. You will not be disappointed. This book is about Nefertari, the niece of Nefertiti. Whether or not this is true, we aren't sure. What we know is she was loved by Pharoah Ramasses, and became Chief Wife and Queen of Egypt. This book is full of beautiful scenery and wonderful sights. You follow Nefertari's life growing up in the Courts of Pharoah Seti as an orphan, excelling in her studies and close friendship to Ramasses and Asha. She struggles to overcome the shadow of her aunt Nefertiti and her husband Akhenaten, who were known as the heretic King and Queen.

Nefertari also battles against the chief advisor Rahotep and his evil lover Henuttaway, sister to Pharoah Seti. Woserit, the other sister, takes Nefertari under her wing and trains her. This book is exciting and full of intrigue, murder, spies, and romance. It is interesting to learn about their Gods and way of life. Read Nefertiti first if you want to get the background story.

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