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July 10, 2010

Book 13: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Recently, Life of a Law School Wife commented that she liked The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran better then Hunger Games.  I was immediately intrigued because ya'll know how much I love the Hunger Games.  So I obviously had to read it, right? I don't know that I would ever have read this book without her suggestion, it is a far departure from the books I normally read, but I was really glad that I did!  Heretic Queen is interesting and compelling all in one, and was my first real attempt at historical fiction.

The book is based in Egypt during the reign of King Ramses. The young princess Nefertari, the niece of the famed Heretic Queen Neferteri, is heartbroken as she watches her childhood friend Ramses become King and marry Iset.  What ensues is a tangled web of lies, manipulation, and determination to try to get Nefertari to be crowned Chief Wife. From rivalries in the palace that lead to murder and deception, to a beautiful love story.  This book has everything.

In the beginning, I did not know if I was going to like this book.  I know very little about ancient Egypt and I kept having to flip to the timeline at the front of the book to understand the lineage and who was who.  Yet after about 50-75 pages I started getting the hang of all the names and who everybody was and from that point on I was totally hooked.  I kept googling things throughout to see what was real and what was not, and I have to say I am really impressed by how true to the story Moran was.  Obviously a lot of what we know about Ancient Egypt is speculation, but Moran took very few creative liberties in regards to the timeline of what history believes happened.

So for all you historical fiction junkies out there...I think you'll love it.  If you don't like historical fiction, I think you'll enjoy this book too! It was great- thanks for the recommendation Brittany!

Next up is the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  My friend gave this book to me, the same one who suggested The Book Thief and Hunger games, which I both loved, so I have high hopes for this book as well.

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d.a.r. said...

I loved this book!

Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

Great review! Think I'll check it out. "Guernsey" is a lovely little book. Loved it! Looking forward to hearing what you think :)

lawschoolwife said...

You are going to LOVE Guernsey! I read it cover to cover on a flight!


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