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Enjoyable read but nothing ground breaking,
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This review is from: Nefertiti (Paperback)
I am undecided about this novel. The story is set in an interesting period which in itself makes this an enjoyable read but there were quite a few fundamental flaws with this book. I won't go into what the story is about as other reviewers have already done that.
The characters were very bland. Nefertiti was quite clearly the 'bad' character with very few redeeming characteristics. Mutnodjmet was the 'good' character who never lies and always helps other people. There was very little character development and this made the story feel repetitive - Nefertiti does something horrible, Mutnodjmet gets angry but doesn't do anything about it and then eventually forgives Nefertiti without every telling her off. This became quite frustrating as Mutnodjmet keep saying how manipulative Nefertiti was and then kept letting herself be manipulated. There was no complexity which was an issue because they were the only two characters that ever did anything. Also, Nefertiti was meant to be this amazing woman in Egypt yet in the book she just appears to be a selfish, childish girl whose only real talent was seducing men.
The style of writing is very simplistic, it's almost childish. I think this could easily be a young adult read as opposed to an adult book. There is only one story line and no real attempt at sub-plots so the story is very linear.
The history in the book was not overly accurate but personally I don't mind about this. I appreciate all historical novelists take liberties here and there and Moran explains this in the back although I know that some people prefer history to be followed more closely. I feel that the changes made the story flow faster and made the read more enjoyable overall.
Despite these flaws I still found the book enjoyable. It covers a fascinating period in history and doesn't get bogged down in too much historical fact. The characters are likeable enough and there is enough going on to make you want to find out what happens next. It's an easy read and perfect for the morning commute or a rainy day in but it's not going to change your life.