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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.



My Review:

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.

21 comments:

Elana Johnson said...

Great review! Thanks. And hey, what age do you think it's appropriate for? Only adults? YA? MG?

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for all your kind words on my blog. And thanks for becoming a Follower. If any agent visits, the more I have, the broader the platform he/she will think I have.

Have only happy surprises tomorrow, Roland

Not enough hours! said...

I just had to tell you. My six year old is doing Ancient Egypt in school, and is quite fascinated by the whole period.

~ Rayna

L.T. Elliot said...

I love that the sister's story is told too. It sounds fascinating!

Mason Canyon said...

Great review and love the cover. I'll have to add this one to my wish list.

Amalia T. said...

I saw this one in the store a bit ago and thought about picking it up-- but I didn't. It looks/sounds awesome!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Elana- I'd say this could go with a YA audience, but I'm not sure about MG readers. I know I would have loved it at any age, but I'm beyond obsessed with Egypt.

Roland- You're welcome!

Not Enough Hours- Yay! Everyone should love ancient Egypt!

L.T.- Yep, I like it when authors focus on a not-so-famous person too.

Mason- It's definitely a good one to add to your list.

Amalia- You can pick it up next time! And it has a new cover- the one I have is the original one, but I posted the new one.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Great review, Stephanie. You may have sold me on these books whether I win them or not! :-)

Susan R. Mills said...

I'm definitely putting this one on my list. Thanks for the review.

L. T. Host said...

Thanks for the reviews! I'll have to go pick these up soon.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like an interesting book - and I love the cover :)

Lisa and Laura said...

I'm all over this! I was just thinking the other day that I really need to read some good historical fiction. Don't get me wrong I LOVE YA, but I might need a tiny break.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Stephanie, there's a murder scene blogfest going on right now. Come check out my entry if you're interested. It's from my historical fantasy set in 1853, RITES OF PASSAGE :
http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/

Terresa said...

Beautiful cover art, although (admittedly) I'm a dunce when it comes to Egyptian history.

PS: Gabaldon endorsed it? How crazy awesome is that???

Muse in the Fog said...

I completely agree with everything your have said. Michelle weaves such a vivid picture of ancient Egypt, it is simply wonderful!

Here is an award for you :) http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/2010/04/suddenly-sunday_11.html

Have a great week!

Guinevere said...

This sounds really interesting! I love the idea of reading something with the POV of Nefertiti's younger sister. It sounds really fresh and unique.

Jojomama said...

Looks like a cool read!

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