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In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.
winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire
has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception
of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The
girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in
Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is
pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace.
But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt,
then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner
befitting a future queen.
Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the
Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and
wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising
star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one.
While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes
the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh
in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.
Michelle Moran is absolutely brilliant. She has the ability to weave historical events and people with fictional accounts. I loved her previous novel, Nefertiti, and The Heretic Queen is just as amazing.
I've always had a interest in Ancient Egypt and I love the imagery that Moran presents. I felt like I was right there in Thebes and Pi-Ramesses, praying to the Gods and loving my husband & country, all while the populace condemned me for my ancestors' actions.
I was so caught up the story that I forgot that this is--ultimately--a work of fiction. Much is unknown about the 19th Dynasty, but Moran fills in the gaps beautifully. She has given me a better understanding of a fascinating time period, prompting me to research further.