Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Heretic Queen

The Heretic Queen
By Michelle Moran; Three Rivers Press

Summary: In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

My Review:  I must be on an Egyptian rampage or something. I've become addicted to the culture of ancient Egyptian life style. I just can't get enough of it. In this novel Michelle puts a glossary of terms towards the back of the book and it became my very best friend. I love the Egyptian language! Its so beautiful.

I never even heard of Nefertari until this book. I really enjoyed her story and how she dealt with the struggle of being Nefertiti niece. Her journey to win the Crown Prince's heart  is a long and trying process. Once she marries the Prince it is an even longer journey to become the Chief Wife since the Pharaoh has two wives. Since she is considered a heretic she must win the courts and the peoples heart to be consider a candidate for Chief Wife. Overall I think it is an Ok book. I wasn't that into the story, I just loved the culture, places, and terms throughout this book.

Things to Watch Out For: Sexual scenes, murder, evil plots, and war.

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