The Heretic Queen

The Heretic Queen

A Novel

Book - 2009
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In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family's past and remake history. Nefertari has been left to run wild in the palace, but catches the eye of the Crown Prince. All of Egypt opposes this union, and political adversity sets the country on edge.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780307381767
0307381765
Branch Call Number: MORA
Characteristics: ix, 402 p. : map, geneal. table ; 24 cm

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SaraLovesBooks Apr 17, 2017

I really loved this book of Michelle Moran's, but there is a bittersweetness to it as well, because the heroine is the daughter of protagonist from Nefertiti, so this tells the reader how her story ended, and it wasn't a happy one. Her daughter, Princess Nefertari, is stuck in a world that wants to forget her family ever ruled, trying to claw a place for herself, that includes the man she loves, Crown Prince Ramesses, destined to be one of the greatest pharoahs of Egypt. Nefertari is one of Michelle Moran's most compelling heroines. She is raised at the royal court, but has no actual place there, being an unwelcome reminder of the previous dynasty. She has to choose who to trust and what she can do in order to fight, sometimes literally, for her life.

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luminea
Aug 20, 2015

Michelle Moran writes impeccably researched and highly enjoyable historical fiction!

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becker
Dec 26, 2013

Egyptian fiction. Light read. An interesting look at the structure of family and society at the time.

sylvek Dec 23, 2013

Michelle Moran has once again crafted an amazing story of one of Egypt's most famous queens. Each character has their own unique surprises and the plot is very much intriguing. Another great read by Michelle and a recommend :)

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 20, 2013

I haven't read "Nefertiti," but the plot made sense anyway, since there is a genealogical chart. Wonderful immersion in a culture totally alien to us, the details making it understandable and familiar. Nefertari is a very well-rounded personality, even though she tells the story. While she loves Ramesses, she knows his faults too. There is a well-set up conflict propelling the plot. I hope Moran writes a sequel, because it ends way too early in the lives together of this memorable couple.

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qgreen2585
Sep 07, 2012

I absolutely loved this book! Good read!

AuntJane May 23, 2011

An engaging story and good read.

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jasonderulogirl
Nov 05, 2010

WOW! i own this book and i love it, its kind of a sad story though

kpalichuk Nov 17, 2009

Although a stand-alone novel, the motives and actions of the characters make a bit more sense if you read 'Nefertiti' first.
This is the story of Nefertari - the niece of Nefertiti. Nefertiti is, at this point, known as 'The Heretic Queen' and Nefertari pays the price.
Once again, Moran has done a lot of research in order to make Ancient Egypt live. Very enjoyable and an easy read.

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TheresaAJ
Jul 10, 2017

As one of my favorite historical fiction writers, Moran scores another hit with her story of Nefertari and Ramses the Great in ancient Egypt's Nineteenth Dynasty. When the story opens, Nefer is still in the schoolroom with her pals Ramses and Asha. When Ramses takes Iset as his wife, his aunts Henuttawy and Woserit, begin their political games to make either Iset or Nefer the Chief Wife. Iset is beautiful and produces the first son (who only lives a short time) but Nefer can speak 8 languages, produces twin sons, and is well schooled in manly pursuits such as hunting and sports. When Nefer goes to war with Ramses and his general Asha, she sets the stage for a final showdown between the warring aunts. This captivating novel only reinforces the idea that politics is a bloody sport, no matter what era in time.

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