The Heretic Queen
A NovelBook - 2009 | First Broadway Paperbacks edition.
The 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 in history.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.
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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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