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.
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
A rare combination of a beach book and historical fiction, that's both entertaining and fairly intellectual. If you liked The Other Boleyn Girl by Philiippha Gregory, you'll like this. I've always wondered what ancient Egypt was like and this book made it come alive without being boring or too esoteric.
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
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!
Absolutely gorgeous storytelling via the author and narrator. An absolute audio book connoisseur, I literally worked an "all-nighter" just to finish this book. Beautifully done.
If you love historically accurate romance novels with substance you will adore this well written treasure.
A riveting tale of intrgue and political maneuvering, this novel tells a fictional story of a real Egyptian princess who becomes wife of Pharoah Ramses. Many aspects are supported by facts in archaeological records and is referred to by the author at the end of the audio book. Enjoy going back into time to what may have been.
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