So I have begun the fun “Award Winning Reading Challenge” proposed by the Insatiable Booksluts! These gals are bad-ass! But before we get to all their fun, I want to write reviews for two books I have read recently that I absolutely LOVED!! I am borrowing (
squeeze me- “Pilfering”) the template for reviewing from the Booksluts. (Just gotta love that name!! I want to be just like them, hehe… but still be me).
As I used to be able to read a book a day, with Sunshine here I average about a book a week… if she lets me. Some of the books took me a little less or more to read in a week. Maybe about an hour a night, so to speak. But I enjoyed them, so I will write a review for them. If I really hated it, I may still write a review, but that looks doubtful.
Review: The Heretic Queen: Heiress of Misfortune, Pharoah’s Beloved
Author: Michelle Moran
Published: First published in 2008
Date Read: October 28, 2011
First Lines: “I am sure that if I sat in a quiet place, away from the palace and the bustle of the court, I could remember scenes from my childhood much earlier than six years old. As it is, I have vague impressions of low tables with lion’s-paw feet crouched on polished tiles. I can still smell the scents of cedar and acacia from the open chests where my purse stored my favorite playthings.”
Genre/Rating: Historical Fiction/ 4.5 out of 5 Stars
The Heretic Queen was a surprising find. I was ambling down an aisle in a store and saw it sitting there. I like the Egyptian histories and at heart believe I was a lost archaeologist in another life. (but ask me about that some time and I will tell you I had A LOT of other lives). I saw the cover and the title, and thought, “Hmm. Why not?”
I enjoyed this book immensely. The main character is Nefertari, who was named after her aunt, the Heretic Queen, Nefertiti. Nefertari has lost her whole family and lives in the palace under the current Pharoah’s watch. She is the last of her line, and is despised of because of what her Aunt did and even what her mother did in order to protect her. She is pushed aside and thought little of. (Of course I will not reveal what the issues were as it would ruin the story, but if you are familiar with Egyptian history you may already know).
Her best friends are Ramesses, the Pharaoh’s son and prince regent, and Asha who later becomes the General of the Ramesses armies. You learn about their antics together, and Nefertari’s quest to become one of Ramesses wives, and most of all, Chief Wife.
There are several characters in this book that you will love, from Nefertari to her nurse, Merit. There are also plenty of characters that you will love to hate in this book.
This story gives life to a much beloved Queen or Chief Wife in Egypt. Turns out that Nefertari’s tomb is the grandest and most
visited, along with Ramesses Ramesseum. This story is blended with true battles, societal festivals, actual artifacts and temples built at that time, and filled with intrigue about that current time in history. It brings back to life the trials people faced, and put a face to the dangers they encountered, and a person you could really associate with in today’s times.
For me, this book didn’t lag at all. You get right into it and want to keep going to find out what happens next. You are torn from this age and thoroughly engrossed in 1283 B.C. and on. The life and times of Egypt are brought to such vivid detail, one can’t help but be mesmerized by the descriptions. I didn’t give it 5 stars, (mostly cause I rarely ever give 5 stars) because some of the fiction and truth were difficult to discern (though she does explain some of these at the end of the novel, and doing your own research can solve some of that as well). I figure if a book ever makes you want to research more about the time and era when it took place, it is a good book to share. It was engaging and at times I couldn’t put it down. I plan to share with my book club (Butt Club) in two weeks. Overall, I would recommend this book. I hope you enjoy it!!!