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Friday, February 26, 2010

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran 5 of 5 stars.


The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty's royal family--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. 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 Pharoh'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 become 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.

In all honesty, my words cannot do justice to Michelle Moran. Her writing feels so real you are able to completely immerse yourself in the story. Reading her books is truly like take a trip to Ancient Egypt (or Rome, in the case of her latest book Cleopatra's Daughter). The Heretic Queen was so thick in court intrigue if it had not been written so carefully and with such perfect attention to details a reader could easily become lost.

I enjoyed watching Nefertari grow as a character throughout the book. Her intelligence and strength were conveyed wonderfully. Pharaoh Ramesses's love for her was touching and easily understandable. The Heretic Queen is really a passionate and twisting portrayal of one of Ancient Egypt's most famous Pharaoh's and his wife.

For fans of: Michelle Moran, Staton Rabin, Historical Fiction

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