Thursday, April 8, 2010
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
The Dust Jacket Blurb:
Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep's heretical desire to forsake Egypt's ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship.
Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister's desire for power. She yearns for a quiet existence away from family duty and the intrigues of court. Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart. But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love. To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister, the most powerful woman in Egypt- while also remaining loyal to the needs of her family.
I was so excited when this book came out because until then, Pauline Gedge had been one of the only ancient Egypt writers on the market. I've always been intrigued with the Amarna period and was thrilled that Moran chose to highlight Mutnodjmet in addition to Nefertiti because I've always been intrigued with Mutnodjmet's story. The novel was rich in historical detail (I learned that there were toilets in 18th Dynasty Egypt) and extremely vivid. Moran did an excellent job portraying the historical characters while remaining true to history. I highly recommend Nefertiti for all you historical fiction fans out there- it won't disappoint!
And one last reminder! This weekend is your last chance to enter to win Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge, Michelle Moran's Cleopatra's Daughter, Nefertiti, and an ancient Roman coin! What are you waiting for?
FTC Disclaimer- All books reviewed on this blog were purchased by me.