The Heretic Queen

Michelle Moran, Author . Crown $24.95 (383p) ISBN 978-0-307-38175-0

The intricacies of the ancient Egyptian court are brought to life in Moran's fascinating tale of a princess's rise to power. Nefertari, niece of the famed “heretic queen” Nefertiti, becomes part of the court of Pharaoh Seti I after her family is deposed, and she befriends Ramesses II, the young crown prince. When Ramesses is made co-monarch, he weds Iset, the granddaughter of a harem girl backed by Seti's conniving sister, Henuttawy, the priestess of Isis. As Nefertari's position in the court becomes tenuous, she realizes that she, too, wants to marry Ramesses and enlists the help of Seti's other sister, Woserit. But when Nefertari succeeds in wedding Ramesses, power struggles and court intrigues threaten her security, and it is questionable whether the Egyptian people will accept a heretic descendant as their ruler or if civil war will erupt. Moran (Nefertiti ) brings her characters to life, especially Nefertari, who helped Ramesses II become one of the most famous of Egyptian pharaohs. Nefertari's struggles to be accepted as a ruler loved as a leader and to secure her family's position throughout eternity are sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/07/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 512 pages - 978-1-84724-302-7
Open Ebook - 240 pages - 978-0-307-41028-3
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-5866-7
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-307-38176-7
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