A Novel

Book - 2009
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This fictionalized life of the notorious queen is told from the point of view of her younger sister, Mutnodjmet. In 1351 B.C., Prince Amunhotep secretly kills his older brother and becomes next in line to Egypt's throne: he's 17, and the 15-year-old Nefertiti soon becomes his chief wife. He already has a wife, but Kiya's blood is not as royal, nor is she as bewitching as Nefertiti. As Mutnodjmet, two years younger than her sister, looks on (and falls in love), Amunhotep and the equally ambitious Nefertiti worship a different main god, displace the priests who control Egypt's wealth and begin building a city that boasts the royal likenesses chiseled in stone. Things get tense when Kiya has sons and the popular Nefertiti has only daughters, and they come to a boil when the army is used to build temples to the pharaoh and his queen instead of protecting Egypt's borders.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, c2009.
Edition: 1st Broadway paperbacks ed.
ISBN: 9780307381743
Branch Call Number: FIC/MORAN
Characteristics: 479 p. : map, geneal table. ; 21 cm.


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Aug 07, 2017

Michelle Moran's first novel explores the intertwined lives of two sisters, Nefertiti, wife of Pharaoh Amunhotep IV, and Mutnodjment, wife of General Nakhtmin in Egypt's 18th Dynasty (1351 BCE). As Nefertiti rises to power, her sister Muty is appalled by the destruction of the old gods for the one god Aten and the manipulation of power and pawns that occurs behind the scenes. Moran skillfully draws a complete picture of two women from a family bred for royal politics from their rise to influence to Nefertiti's death and the rise of Tutankhamun in 1335 BCE. She also captures the details of everyday life and objects that makes the reader feel a part of the scene.

May 13, 2017

Well-written, good characterization and interesting Egyptian historical fiction.

SaraLovesBooks Apr 17, 2017

I really loved this exploration of the ancient Egyptian world. Most of the details of the characters' lives have to be made up because there is so much we don't know about them. I loved how Moran brought the ancient Pharoah Ankenaten and Queen Nefertiti to life. The characters were fascinating. The story is told from the point-of-view of Mutnodjmet, Nefertiti's sister, and her opinions of the court of vipers she and her sister have landed in when Nefertiti is chosen to be one of the wives of Prince Ankenaten, heir to the throne of Egypt. It's a fast-based, fun read.

Feb 08, 2017

This is one of my favorite books so my review might be a little bias. I find the characters develop amazingly throughout the book! Though there are some slow parts in the book, it is mostly filled with action, and determination. It is a long book, so if you like a quick read this might not be the book for you. I highly recommend it, though I only read this one AFTER I read the Heretic Queen (by the same author) so I had a great desire to understand these characters from that book. I find you can read this one before or after Heretic Queen, but I do recommend to read both because they are amazing books.

Aug 15, 2015

I have read many novels about Nefertiti, and I liked that this one was told from the perspective of her sister, Mutnodjomet. This author writes excellent historical fiction!

I love this authours work. I find the amount of research and factual content incredibly interesting. I have yet to read a book by her that hasn't been excellent.

Jul 04, 2015

Entertaining, with lots of dialogue and some interesting details on life in ancient Egypt. However, the first part of the book dragged a bit. The characters were also very one-dimensional.

TulsaTimeTraveler Feb 03, 2014

If you are looking for a marvelous escape into ancient history, this book has everything- politics, romance, scandal, and unimaginable beauty. The writer describes ancient cities in a way that makes you feel as if you were there, watching the events unfold in person. The amount of research required to create the imagery in this book is impressive, with a very readable plot and great characters.

Nov 27, 2013

An easy and interesting read on Nefertiti's life from her sisters point of view. Lovely details and an imaginative take on an era we can only gues at.

Sep 08, 2013

boring, no real plot, and the whole story is about Nefertiti's sister...not Nefertiti. It does get better in the last 100 pages, but seriously? I would not recommend reading the first hundred just to get to it.

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Aug 07, 2017

"Nefertiti charms people, " my father said approvingly, " and the people she doesn't charm she can easily outwit."


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