Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

This is a historical fiction book about the rise and fall of Pharaoh Nefertiti. The story is told from her younger sisters view, Mutnodjmet.

Nefertiti was the pretty one, she was the older one. She was the one chosen to marry the next pharaoh on line, Amunhotep I (later called Akhenaten). All those in the royal family new that Akhenaten was rash. Once his father died and he became Pharah of both lower and upper Egypt, he decided to make Aten the main god that was to be worshipped. He also decided to move the palace and home of the Pharaoh from Thebes to Amarna. He decided to make soldiers do the building instead of protecting all of Egypt.

Nefertiti sided with Pharoah. However, the people loved her. She bore 6 children, all girls.

Mutnodjmet was a quieter person. She was good with herbs and knew their uses. She didn't want to be in the palace or caught up in that world, she wanted to solitude of her gardens. She soon fell in love with a general that the Pharaoh didn't like. When she became pregnant, the pharaoh made her lover go off to fight and she ended up loosing the baby. This is the first, but not the last time, that Mutnodjmet stood up for herself and did what she wanted and not Nefertiti.

This was such a wonderful story. I couldn't get enough of it! This is the first historical fiction book I have read about Egypt. I think the way of life was just fascinating. At first I thought it weird that the book was not from Nefertiti's view point, but I soon didn't care. I grew to like Mutnodjmet and not really like Nefertiti. I think the author did a great job of explaining everything to where the reader can understand what is going on and what the location was like. She describes the palace and the way of live very well. At least, I assume she does. I had wonderful images.

While I was reading this book I met one person in person who saw me reading it and couldn't say enough wonderful things about it. I also had at least two people online let me know that they loved this book, once they realized I was reading it. So...dont' take just my word..takes others...this is a great book. I know the author also recently had another book published. It is a sequel to this one, so I'm already looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of it. It's called The Heretic Queen

Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Let me know and I'll list it below.

(sorry, no linked reviews yet)

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Ladytink_534 said...

I really want to read both of Michelle Moran's books in this series but my library doesn't have them yet :( So you can imagine, I'm green with envy every time I see another copy of this being reviewd lol!

Unknown said...

Ladytink_534 - poor girl...I think you'll have to go buy it. haha!

Bookfool said...

I'm glad I have Google Reader because I'd already forgotten to add this one to my wish list. How long did that take me? 24 hours since you mentioned it in AN2R? Okay, it's on the wish list, now. Thank you, dear.

Literary Feline said...

It really is a good one, isn't it? I hadn't read too much about this time period either and Michelle really made it come to life for me as well. Great review, Kris!