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When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

©2013 Katie Hamstead (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Fascinating and engaging

In Kiya, Hope of the Pharaoh, Egyptian soldiers visit a Hebrew village to find a new wife for the Pharaoh. The Egyptians desire one of Naomi's younger sisters, but Naomi bravely volunteers herself in order to protect her sisters' virtue. When she arrives at the palace, she continues to show strength and bravery, as she stands up for the other wives and concubines, fights the tyrannical first wife, and stays true to her religious beliefs despite threat of death.

I usually do not read historicals, but I'm so glad I made an exception for Kiya. I was immediately fascinated by the world she created and rooted for her characters. I loved stepping into a different world and was impressed by all the detail, such as social norms, culture, food, clothing, and marriage traditions. However, a world is nothing without its characters, and this book has fantastic ones. Naomi/Kiya is a wonderful strong, female character. She is courageous, moral, and easy to root for. I also found the Pharaoh's character to be complex and fascinating. I expected him to be more of a traditional "bad guy" type, but he was very layered and unusual. And the love story between Naomi and Malakai was noble and heartwarming. When he told the story of Rachel and Leia, I admit to tearing up a bit.

I'm so excited to read the rest of the series! Well done Katie Hamstead!

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Hate hate hate this narrator

I'm sorry it was so hard to get through the audio of this book. Great story but terrible narration, her voice was like a kindergarten teacher telling the story of Cinderella .

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Eleven Hours I'll Never Get Back!

I am typically a big fan of books on Egyptology, however this one was painful to finish. The writing is juvenile, trite, and completely predictable. While the narrator's diction is fine, I found the tone of her voice very annoying. Though this is intended to be fiction, it is laughably unrealistic. It reads more like a fairytale meant for an audience of preteen girls rather than historical fiction for adults. Needless to say, I will skip the other selections in this trilogy.

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  • TMC
  • Kentucky
  • 06-19-17

Can't get to the story

The narration of this story is just awful in my opinion... over acted. I can't even get past it to find out if I like the story. I'll try reading it myself as it received good reviews for the story itself.

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Predictable but nicely done

I enjoyed the book and found that ,though the main character and the Pharro were impossible to fit in today's world, they seemed plausible for the intended time.

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Don't waste your time

Book was written for 7th grade level..

Narrator made me want to shoot my phone..

It horrid waste of time

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Only ok

I would rate it between 2.5 - 2.75. Can't decide which was worse, the performance or the story. Probably the former.

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hard to get through

hard to start but worth the wait. The narrator leaves something to desitebwith her butchering of the names but I eventually got used to it.

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Easy listening historical fiction

Engaging way to pick up bits of history...not necessarily 100% accurate, but adequate!! Story paints vivid picture of the period.

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  • Lenora
  • Hopkinsville, KY
  • 07-05-17

Voice inflection

The story was interesting and well written I thought. However, the performance was cumbersome at times. The male parts are all performed with an angry voice; no other emotions are conveyed, even though the story states that their words were said gently, lovingly, firmly, or any other emotion. It made it difficult for me to relate to the characters, and sometimes even pulled me out of the story because I had to redo the scene in my head once I heard that the words were supposed to be in a different tone.

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  • bcatjay
  • 01-27-18

Great Story - Annoying narrator.

What did you like most about KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh?

I really enjoyed the story, and had read a previous one. When reading the previous one I was really THERE.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice I found to be grating and irritating, and having watched dozens of documentaries on ancient Egypt her pronunciation of the historical names was just .... grrrr.