Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Nefertiti" by Michelle Moran [4 1/2]


At the tender age of fifteen, Nefertiti marries Akhenaten, the Prince of Egypt, her dreams coming true as she rises to fame and fortune. Bathed and decorated by a team of body servants, her natural beauty is enhanced until she becomes mesmerizing. She is soon the darling of the people and her husband's closest confidant.
But when her husband breaks with a thousand years of tradition, defying the priests and the military, it will take all Nefertiti's wiles to keep the nation from being torn apart. She's prepared to sacrifice her sister to strengthen her power and this act will lock the two women in a feud that only death can break...

A hugely enjoyable and compelling story that will keep you riveted until the end.

Written from Nefertiti's sisters point of view, it is the story of how one young woman rose from being a princess to a ruling Pharaoh. The author has stayed true to the facts as much as possible.
It truly amazes me that at 15 years old Nefertiti is married and soon starts to have children...six girls in the end...not a son in sight.

What is interesting is how she is able to manipulate her husband Amunhotep into becoming
co regent...which has never been done before.

The wealth that these people had to be able to build cities in the middle of a desert and then it is just left to be destroyed by the sands of time, and they just don't blink an eye...

The author has a wonderful way of telling what life was like back in Egypt 1351B.C, you feel like you are living it yourself.

A compulsively readable novel.

I rated this book 4 1/2 stars.

2 comments:

Chantele said...

I really liked this one as well. I thought Amunhotep was a psychopath though!;)

Irish said...

I have been after this book for ages ..... May have to borrow this one as well from you :) ........ Picked up Vampire Diaries today the first 2 books ...

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