Nefertiti: Queen of Egypt, Daughter of Eternity

Michelle Moran, Author . Crown $24.95 (462p) ISBN 978-0-307-38146-0

This fictionalized life of the notorious queen is told from the point of view of her younger sister, Mutnodjmet. In 1351 B.C., Prince Amunhotep secretly kills his older brother and becomes next in line to Egypt's throne: he's 17, and the 15-year-old Nefertiti soon becomes his chief wife. He already has a wife, but Kiya's blood is not as royal, nor is she as bewitching as Nefertiti. As Mutnodjmet, two years younger than her sister, looks on (and falls in love), Amunhotep and the equally ambitious Nefertiti worship a different main god, displace the priests who control Egypt's wealth and begin building a city that boasts the royal likenesses chiseled in stone. Things get tense when Kiya has sons and the popular Nefertiti has only daughters, and they come to a boil when the army is used to build temples to the pharaoh and his queen instead of protecting Egypt's borders. Though sometimes big events are telegraphed, Moran, who lives in California and is making her U.S. debut, gets the details just right, and there are still plenty of surprises in an epic that brings an ancient world to life. (July)

Reviewed on: 04/16/2007
Release date: 07/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 462 pages - 978-1-84724-152-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-4159-3940-6
Paperback - 480 pages - 978-0-307-38174-3
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-3942-0
Open Ebook - 346 pages - 978-0-307-39421-7
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