The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

The Heretic Queen

Title: The Heretic Queen
Author: Michelle Moran
Published: September 2008
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780307381767
Source: Library

Description: In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history. 
The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.  Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I’ve always loved the history of ancient civilizations.  But, history class is just facts.  It does not make you feel like you are there.  It does not give you a taste of what life might have been like.   Michelle Moran does.  I can not imagine the research that goes into her work.  The minute you open the cover of one of her novels, you are there.  I love the settings, the characters, and the story itself.  I like how she takes what is known and weaves into her story, so in the end you are not sure if the book was fact or fiction.  I also enjoyed that in both books I’ve read, she has included biblical references.  And, I’ve completely missed them until I’ve read the author notes in the back.  Michelle Moran leaves me talking about her books long after I’ve read them!

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Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Cleopatra's Daughter

Title: Cleopatra’s Daughter
Author: Michelle Moran
Published: September 2009 by Crown Publishing Group
Pages: 431
ISBN: 9780307409126
Source: Library

Description: The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I have to admit, I didn’t have a lot of background information going into this story.  Of course I knew who Cleopatra and Marc Anthony wear, but that’s about it.  I was immediately pulled into this story.  It’s told through Selene’s point of view (whose age is 12 through 15 in this story), so it’s almost young adult.  But, Selene’s thoughts and ambitions are entirely those of a women torn from her family and the country she loves.  It is powerful to watch her refuse to give up what she knows and bend to the rules of a country keeping her captive.  Michelle Moran has a gift for capturing into words the world Selena lived in.  The ending was bittersweet.  I would love to see a sequel following the rest of her life.

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