A Novel

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Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep's heretical desire to forsake Egypt's ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husband's perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises. The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see that the powerful priests, along with the military, are plotting against her husband's rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds--and brave enough to tell the queen--is her younger sister, Mutnodjmet.

Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister's desire for power. She yearns for a quiet existence away from family duty and the intrigues of court. Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart. But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love. To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister, the most powerful woman in Egypt--while also remaining loyal to the needs of her family.

Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict-- Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail. Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2007.
ISBN: 9780307381460
Characteristics: xiii 462 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.


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Feb 21, 2019

The book seems pretty historically accurate as the plot and characters seem realistic and not exaggerated. It is a bit boring at times but the description of the settings were very vivid.

Aug 07, 2017

Michelle Moran's first novel explores the intertwined lives of two sisters, Nefertiti, wife of Pharaoh Amunhotep IV, and Mutnodjment, wife of General Nakhtmin in Egypt's 18th Dynasty (1351 BCE). As Nefertiti rises to power, her sister Muty is appalled by the destruction of the old gods for the one god Aten and the manipulation of power and pawns that occurs behind the scenes. Moran skillfully draws a complete picture of two women from a family bred for royal politics from their rise to influence to Nefertiti's death and the rise of Tutankhamun in 1335 BCE. She also captures the details of everyday life and objects that makes the reader feel a part of the scene.

May 13, 2017

Well-written, good characterization and interesting Egyptian historical fiction.

SaraLovesBooks Apr 17, 2017

I really loved this exploration of the ancient Egyptian world. Most of the details of the characters' lives have to be made up because there is so much we don't know about them. I loved how Moran brought the ancient Pharoah Ankenaten and Queen Nefertiti to life. The characters were fascinating. The story is told from the point-of-view of Mutnodjmet, Nefertiti's sister, and her opinions of the court of vipers she and her sister have landed in when Nefertiti is chosen to be one of the wives of Prince Ankenaten, heir to the throne of Egypt. It's a fast-based, fun read.

Feb 08, 2017

This is one of my favorite books so my review might be a little bias. I find the characters develop amazingly throughout the book! Though there are some slow parts in the book, it is mostly filled with action, and determination. It is a long book, so if you like a quick read this might not be the book for you. I highly recommend it, though I only read this one AFTER I read the Heretic Queen (by the same author) so I had a great desire to understand these characters from that book. I find you can read this one before or after Heretic Queen, but I do recommend to read both because they are amazing books.

Aug 15, 2015

I have read many novels about Nefertiti, and I liked that this one was told from the perspective of her sister, Mutnodjomet. This author writes excellent historical fiction!

I love this authours work. I find the amount of research and factual content incredibly interesting. I have yet to read a book by her that hasn't been excellent.

Jul 04, 2015

Entertaining, with lots of dialogue and some interesting details on life in ancient Egypt. However, the first part of the book dragged a bit. The characters were also very one-dimensional.

TulsaTimeTraveler Feb 03, 2014

If you are looking for a marvelous escape into ancient history, this book has everything- politics, romance, scandal, and unimaginable beauty. The writer describes ancient cities in a way that makes you feel as if you were there, watching the events unfold in person. The amount of research required to create the imagery in this book is impressive, with a very readable plot and great characters.

Nov 27, 2013

An easy and interesting read on Nefertiti's life from her sisters point of view. Lovely details and an imaginative take on an era we can only gues at.

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Aug 07, 2017

"Nefertiti charms people, " my father said approvingly, " and the people she doesn't charm she can easily outwit."

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