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The Heretic Queen Hardcover – 7 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847243029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847243027
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compulsively readable! - Diana Gabaldon (Diana Gabaldon)

Hugely enjoyable - Daily Express (Daily Express)

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Ancient Egypt: a fire has devastated the Royal palace, leaving the young Princess Nefertari as the only surviving member of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Her relatives, the infamous heretics, Nefertiti and Akhenaten, haunt her past and cast a shadow over her future.
When she falls in love with Ramesses II, set to become the most powerful pharaoh in history, his aunt sees that she is groomed to become his bride. But even after they are married, Nefertari feels the people's hatred and fear as she embarks on her new life. Despite her courage, persistence and her husband's love, will Egypt ever be able to see beyond her past?
Filled with historical detail, political intrigue and all the drama of life in the Royal court, The Heretic Queen is a gripping tale and impossible to put down.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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If you ever have seen or visited the world famous twin temples of Abu Simbel you will never forget them. They were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh. Ramses II
was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh. This was the most glorious time of Egypt's history.

But not only Pharaoh was out-standing, his consort too. Nefertari - means Beautiful Companion - was his Great Royal Wife, his Queen Consort we might say today.She is one of the best known Egyptian queens, next to Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut.

Although Nefertari's origins are unknown, discoveries from her tomb, including a cartouche of Pharaoh Ay, suggest she may have been related to the 18th Dynasty.

And this is the starting point of Michelle Moran's second novel, the sequence of her first wonderful book on Nefertiti. Nefertari is Nefertiti's niece. She is last princess of the 18th dynasty to survive: Her aunt and uncle Echnaton had disposed all the gods of Egypt for just one: the Aton. This was herecy and like her uncle and aunt she is regarded as a heretic: this is her heritage, her legacy and her liability.

This already shows that Moran is brilliantly merging fact and fiction, based on research, filling historical gaps with plausible imagination. Rich in details her novel is a dazzling recreation of the life of a Queen, with is filled with the rigors of court politics, the passion of the all powerful, the sights and sounds of battle and the love of two gifted personalities.
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I found this book quite by chance, I had checked into Dublin airport and browsing the bookshop and the beautiful cover caught my eye. I read the blurb and was immediately entranced being a great lover of Ancient Egypt. I already had two books to read on holidays but this one just had been captivated so my dad bought it for me.
This is about Nefertari, niece of Nefertiti, and her struggle to lose her reputation as the niece of a heretic, to restore her mother's name and family to glory and to win the love of Pharaoh Ramesses.
It is a novel filled with politics, interesting characters, vivid descriptions of Ancient Egypt, rife with mythology and active with love, betrayal, bitter rivalries, death and war.
Michelle Moran is a fantastic author and she truly had me believing that I was there in Ancient Egypt caught in the struggle of two high priestesses and vying for the attention of the Pharaoh and all the while struggling just to exist as myself. The descriptions are beautiful, the characters develop with every page and the mythology and religion is not over-bearing or confusing but laced through it as part of the every day life that it once was.
The novel does include definitions of Egyptian terms and names at the back to ease any confusion and also tells you about the real Nefertari and Ramesses amongst others. I enjoyed every page of it and was sad when it ended. I am now going to get Nefertiti to experience Michelle's amazing writing skills once more and I can't wait for Cleopatra's Daughter.
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This "Follow on" to Nefertiti was a slight disappointment given that it was set so many years later - I would like to have followed the earlier characters through. I really enjoyed reading about Nefertiti and her life. Michelle Moran made it all seem real and one got caught up in the events very early on. An exciting, easy read with a fascinating look back at this Ancient Time. With the Heretic Queen, one had to keep referring back to the Index of names to check who was related to whom. It was however well written and a good read. It took a while to settle into but I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions and possible emotions of the era and the characters were believable. As with Nertiti , the story is told through the eyes of a young woman and this brings a fresh feel to the Novel, one is taken on the journey with them and one cannot help but be involved in their lives and situation. I would definitely recommend these books as a relaxing way to switch off. They are particularly of interest if you have travelled to Egypt or are soon to go, as the Historical content will increase your enjoyment of your visit. Not for serious Scholars of History!
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I have been interested in the Egyptians since I was a child and first saw a picture of Tutankhamun's sarcophagus.
A friend gave me Nefertiti to read and as she was another Egyptian I was fascinated by I was intrigued to read her partially fictionalised story.

I couldn't wait to read the sequel and the Heretic Queen was even better than Nefertiti because it was a true love story of the two most powerful people in Egypt at the time. Ramesses II and Nefertari were so very young but with so much responsibility on their shoulders. They must have been amazing people.

Michelle is a wonderful writer and she transported me to ancient Eygypt where her excellent descriptions made me feel I was actually there; experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of that powerful country.

All the characters are vividly drawn and I enjoyed the secondary characters, particularly Merit who makes the crossover from Nefertiti.

I am just about to start reading Cleopatra's daughter and have just ordered Madame Tussaud.

I would highly recommend Michelle Moran's books.
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