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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; First Edition edition (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847247229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847247223
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Hugely enjoyable - Daily Express (Daily Express)

A fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable! - Diana Gabaldon (Diana Gabaldon)

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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.

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Being a massive book worm for most of my life, recently I stopped reading so much, I'm not sure why. But this book has rekindled my love of reading. It had me gripped from beginning to end and I loved all the detail about buildings and clothes. I could really imagine myself being there. I brought one of the second hand ones for under £3. One of my favourite books now!! I've already lent it to two people who have equally loved it!
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A must read, just as good as her other books on the subject of Egyptian queens, a very enjoyable holiday read
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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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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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This is a great historical novel inspired by Nefertari's life and the reign of Ramesses II, narrated by Nefertari.

The book focuses on Nefertari's younger years and the beginning of her romantic relationship with her childhood friend Ramesses. Princess Nefertari is the daughter of Pharaoh Horemheb's wife Mutnedjmet, and niece of the Heretic Pharaoh Nefertiti. Although, the Heretic Queen and everyone who worshiped Aten are dead and even Nefertari's mother died in childbirth, the young princess is associated with the Heretics and grows up, treated as a pariah in the court, by everyone except her friend Ramesses. Growing up she realizes that she has to fight in order to keep her place in court and to clear her family's name, as well as the fact that she is in love with the young Pharaoh. In order to become his queen and to gain both his love and the people's, she becomes a pawn between two powerful priestesses and educates herself in languages and politics more than any woman of her time.

The book is excellently written; the characters very well developed and the images of Ancient Egypt are fascinating and well researched. The descriptions of everyday life at Nefertari's time and the social, political and religious events described are so vivid, that it makes the readers feel as if they are really there.

The comparisons with Michelle Moran's first book, her great historical novel Nefertiti are inevitable. Although young Nefertari is neither as strong a character as her mother Mutnedjmet nor as dazzling as Nefertiti, I think that this book is even better than the first one.
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