The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the 18th 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.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.
©2008 Michelle Moran; (P)2008 Books on Tape
"Nefertari's struggles to be accepted as a ruler loved as a leader and to secure her family's position throughout eternity are sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
The Heretic Queen is a worthy sequel to Nefertiti. Moran continues to draw you into the exotic world of Ancient Egypt, weaving an intriguing story with historical details that bring that era (1200s BC) completely to life. This is the story of Mutnodjmet's daughter, Nefertari, and her triumph over her past (as the niece of Nefertiti, the Heretic Queen). Nefertari is an incredibly strong character--much like her mother was in Nefertiti. It's amazing to think that the rulers of Egypt at this time were largely teenagers, counseled by older, wiser viziers, but teenagers, nevertheless.
Both of these books made me appreciate how the women of that time knew how to care for their skin and use make-up and accessories to dramatize and enhance their features, drawing parallels to the use of skin care products, makeup and jewelry today.
I enjoyed the first novel, Nefertiti, but The Heretic Queen blows that one out of the water. I couldn't stop listening to this book and I found myself really caring about Nefertari, her feelings, and things she deals with. The attention to detail in this book was also excellent. For example, Moran makes religion an underlying theme and also makes their religion believable, so that you find yourself understanding how it motivates the characters. The narrator is also very good and I liked listening to her. I really loved this book.
Anyone who enjoys historical novel cannot help but love this book. It follows Nefertiti, and tell the story of her niece, Nefetari. It's worth the credit.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought the voice of Cassandra Campbell was well suited for the parts. I listened to this one before Nefertiti and wished now that I had read them in order.
Engaging, empowering, smouldering
Nefertari, she is a smart young woman who truly loves her country and her pharaoh husband
She captures the intelligent air of the young lady main character, Nefertari
The Warrior Wife
I loved this book and have already listened to it three times. Cassandra Campbell's characterizations are wonderful and make it easy to follow the characters without sounding over dramatized. I love the story and I thought it was even better than the first book about Neffertiti and her sister. This book describes Neffertiti's neice, Neffetari and follows her journey to become Queen along side Rames II. I also love Moran's historical notes at the end of novels. I hope she writes another!
The writing was competent enough, getting the reader from beginning to end without any major interrupts (save for a few naps), but I found the skill level to be amateurish and the prose is absolutely stuffed with lazy cliques. The Egyptians managed to capture our collective imagination for thousands of years, yet the characters is this book were far from engaging and not memorable in the slightest. The love making scene was downright cringe-worthy. A valiant effort indeed, I hope future books get better!
Yes it was the triumph of the virtuous Princess, and a cute fiction story taking in some actual events of history. But I love those kinds of stories plain & simple.
Since I have two small children, I have no time to sit and read. Listening to books as I drive is probably the most relaxing part of my day.
Yes! It was well written, with vivid details. It was an amazing love story. I was actually on the edge of my seat waiting and worried about what would happen next. Great book.
Nefertiti, by the same author. I loved the way the two books connected. The author made the setting so integral to both stories.
Loved her narration. Her voice fit the age of the characters perfectly. She made me feel like I was there. She should have been used as the narrator on Cleopatra's Daughter. That narrator is HORRIBLE! She is too too old for the characters in the book. Campbell was a great choice. I could listen to her all day.
Ramases. He has such an amazing presence. I almost felt like I knew him and he was a real man. He had depth and dimension and was my favorite character.
If you love God don't read this book. I kept waiting for the love of God to drive the character. The story missed its own boat. However if you don't like to think when you read you might like it. The local book club had it up for discussion at their next meeting. I decided to read it to assess whether I should join the club. I didn't.
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