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review 2013-07-07 10:33
Book Review: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
The Heretic Queen: Heiress of Misfortune, Pharaoh's Beloved - Michelle Moran

I want to say right from the start that this book is the BEST book that I have read to date (August 3, 2009). I don’t know what was wrong with me, but for some reason I didn’t want to get started with this one. I put it off for three days after finishing Eve for some unknown reason but as soon as I started reading it, I was like “What was wrong with you!”

The Heretic Queen sort of picks up where her previous book Nefertiti leaves off. Nefertari is a princess in the royal court of Seti I. Her mother was Queen Mutnudjamet, the sister of Queen Nefertiti. Nefertari is the only remaining link to this family. With these family connections, Nefertari is constantly harassed by her school mates and others about being from the Heretic family. Her two closest friends, the only ones who really don’t consider her the Heretic, are Asha and Ramesses. Ramesses is the son of Seti I and he is declared co-reagent of Egypt along with his father. Along with his title, Ramesses must select a wife; a role that Nefertari would love to fill. Except there are some major roadblocks in the way…politics, greed, pride.

This story never felt like it was dragging. The sentences never felt clumsy, out of place, or just used as filler. Every sentence was important and helped move the story along in major ways. Moran is well versed in her Egyptian vocabulary and ways of living during the 19th dynasty. Her writing really makes you feel like you are right there or watching a movie play out right in front of you. About halfway through the book I realized that this book would only get through a fraction of the life/story of Nefertari. I was slightly depressed knowing this because this is a great love story for the ages; one that has stood the test of time. When it ended I wanted to read more, more, more! This has quickly moved its way to the top of my favorite book list.

I cannot wait to read Moran’s third book, Cleopatra’s Daughter. I have thoroughly enjoyed her first two.

Michelle Moran also has written two other books with an Egyptian slant to them: Nefertiti and Cleopatra's Daughter.

 

You can visit Michelle's website for additional information about the book. If you would like to preview the story before reading it, why not try out this excerpt of the book?

 

     

 

This review is of a book from my personal collection and is based solely on my reading pleasure.  Review originally posted at The Maiden's Court on August 3, 2009.

Source: themaidenscourt.blogspot.com/2009/08/moran-has-done-it-again-heretic-queen.html
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review 2013-06-26 00:00
House of Eternity: The Tomb of Nefertari (Conservation and Cultural Heritage) - John K. McDonald PDF Cover/title page:Detail a/QueenNefertari 0/'1 the northwall of Chamber G.Opening: Tunneled into the northernslope of the necropolis, Nefertari's"house of eternity" is one of the finesttombs ever created by ancient Egypt'smaster craftsmen.Emblazoned on its walls and corridors,some 520 square meters of exquisitewall paintings reveal a ritual process andillustrate Nefertari's journey of transformationinto a blessed soul in the hereafter.It would prove a long and perilous passage;but she could rely on these hieroglyphictexts and illustrations to be her beacons tothe beyond. Page 16: The text on the temple facade issimilarly remarkable, for it declares:"Rameses II has made a temple, excavatedin the mountain of eternal workmanship inNubia ... for the king's great wife Nefertari,beloved of Mut, forever and ever, ...Nefertari ... for whom the sun does shine."Perfect photography of the resoration of this tomb, which was opened to the public in 1995. The text was generic, geared to visitors, and adequate enough to direct the inquisitive to further investigation.Summer 2013 Egyptian Encounters:Cleopatra (1963) Film Only3* The Mummy Curse2* Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra4* The Complete Valley of the Kings1* Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson4* Tutankhamen: Life and death of a Pharoah2* The Luxor Museum3* Tutankhamen's TreasureCR The Black Pharaoh3* Nubian Twilight.../ complimentary reading!CR River God4* House of Eternity
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