November 16, 2009

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

After reading Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran, I wanted to read Michelle Moran's other two books, Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen. I just finished The Heretic Queen over the weekend and I loved it.

Nefertari is the niece of Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt, who is known in Egypt as a heretic and no one will speak the names of Nefertiti nor her pharoah husband, Amunhotep, fearing a curse would come upon them from speaking of heretics. Because her ancestors were known as heretics and wiped from the history books, Nefertari was shunned by the people of Egypt. She is the only living person of her ancestry after her mother, who was also a queen of Egypt, died in childbirth. However, because Nefertari is still a princess and came from a long line of queens and pharaohs, she is allowed to remain in the pharoah's palace as she grew.

Nefertari was raised in the palace with the pharoah's son Ramesses, who she fell in love with as they grew up. When Ramesses became pharoah, Ramesses and Nefertari wanted to get married but the people refused to accept Nefertari as their queen. Ramesses and Nefertari worked to win the affection of the people of Thebes so that their marriage would be blessed.

The Heretic Queen is an amazing historical novel that draws you in and tells the fascinating story of Nefertari. I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. Wasn't Amunhotep's name changed to Akhenaten? I just read a book about him from the perspective of a young scribe interviewing different people involved in the lives of Nefertiti and her husband. It wasn't as interesting as it could have been. I'll have to check out Moran's books.


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