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This tale, based on real historical figures, is set amongst the splendour, and sometimes squalor, of ancient Egypt. The characters come to life so quickly that I almost felt I was there with them.
I really hope there is a sequel - there is so much more to tell.
Tiy has always been different, with her fair skin, pale hair and blue eyes, and when she saves the Pharaoh's son, Amenhotep, from a sand storm, she becomes even more special to Egypt. Forming a close bond with the young heir to Egypt's throne, their friendship blossoms, to the point that upon the death of the Pharaoh, Amenhotep asks Tiy to marry him, just as a friend, so that she can offer his support to him and help him with the biggest challenge of his life.
Tiy and the Prince of Egypt is based on a real life Pharaoh and his Queen, which makes the story even more fascinating. Ancient Egypt has always been a fascinating subject for me, to the point where I wonder why I haven't read more fiction based on it, and so at the opportunity to participate in this blog tour I jumped!
I really liked the way that the relationship between Tiy and Amenhotep was based upon a friendship that really seemed to be built upon. They knew each other well, and played to their strengths and weaknesses accordingly.
Tiy as a character was interesting, at the beginning I found it quite difficult to actually picture her as 12, she just seemed far more sure of herself than any twelve year old I've ever met! And to be honest, at the end of the novel, at 17, she seemed to be far more confident and sure of herself than most teenagers are comfortable being! And for that reason I did find it difficult to imagine her the right age. But, considering the time in history when she was living, and the position her husband was called to fill at such a young age, the confidence and self assurance were understandable.
Though it is simplified slightly, presumably to appeal to a younger audience, there was some politics surrounding the life at the Egyptian court, particularly that surrounding Tiy's looks, and her childhood rivalry with Kepi. Personally I like some of the books I read to have political themes as well as romance or other ones, and in this case I enjoyed it as well. Though it was definitely at a level where Tiy and the Prince of Egypt was still an easy and enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed this book, it is a story of friendship, love and survival, set against one of the most fascinating empires in history and full of real people as characters.
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