Heretička kraljica
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Heretička kraljica

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Intrige, politika, ljubav, rat i religija.

U strašnom požaru stradala je Osamnaesta dinastija kraljevske obitelji, svi osim Nefertari, nećakinje nekadašnje kraljice Nefertiti. Nefertarina je obitelj stigmatizirana zbog hereze, no ona ipak postaje štićenica faraonove tete i stječe vrhunsko obrazovanje. Uskoro se zaljubljuje u Ramzesa II., i premda se čitav Egipat protivi bra...more
Mass Market Paperback, Knjiga dostupna svima 74, 318 pages
Published July 2011 by Znanje, Zagreb (first published September 16th 2008)
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Nov 14, 2008 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People interested in ancient history
Recommended to Annie by: Everyone on my blog!
Shelves: read-in-2008
Soak it up - this is entertainment at its best! Michelle Moran's second novel is an enthralling read that will have you frantically turning pages, completely absorbed in the world she has created for you.

Moran's Egypt is a backdrop for all the guilty pleasure plot points you know you love - sex, power, violence and true love. And her cast of characters are fabulously self-serving and deceitful in a way that makes you keep reading just to find out what they will do to each other next. Some are mo...more
Jan 02, 2009 Sheree rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: All but especially lovers of Egyptian history
Loved it, loved it, loved it. I don't normally gush about a novel but I enjoyed this even more than 'Nefertiti' & I really didn't want it to end. It was a vivid, captivating page-turner and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the Ancient Egyptian world.
I have been interested in Ancient Egypt since my own school years then helping my sons with assignments on Ancient Egypt; the pharoahs, the Gods, their customs and burial practices, I have always found their highly advanced civilisation fa...more
Moran wrote three books set in ancient Egypt. See also Nefertiti and Cleopatra's Daughter. I only read this one. The Heretic Queen is an odd mixture, because it felt sometimes exactly like a romance (and a sexy one) and other times like a historical narrative (with some liberally embellished and possibly fabricated history). For romance readers, it might be a nice cross-genre piece, since it bridges both worlds. For those who like more history, and only the straight dope, this will disappoint.

Colleen Martin
Awful, awful, awful. This ranks way up on my list of Worst Books Ever Written. The author didn't know if she was supposed to be writing historical fiction, soft-core (and very unerotic) porn, or chick lit (with all the name-calling and backstabbing and gossiping). There wasn't a single sympathetic character in the bunch, and I especially hated her depiction of Ramesses. Here's a guy who's supposedly head-over-heels in love with Nefertari and he can clearly see what an amazing diplomat she is, an...more
Should I read it? No. Simply, no.

What's the short and skinny of it? The story itself is of Princess Nefertari, niece of the heretic queen, Nefertiti. There’s political intrigue in the book, along with the romance of Nefertari and Ramesses the Great. There’s some war and some sex and, for me, much yawning. Worse yet, the writing is rather immature; if not for the war and sex, I almost believe this could be a children’s book.

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Having read glowing reviews for The Heretic Queen, I was exc...more
I was not very impressed with Nefertiti and the follow-up book The Heretic Queen disappointed me even more. While the first half of Nefertiti was largely disappointing, The Heretic Queen suffered from it from start to finish. This novel suffered terribly from first-person point of view. Nefertiti was also first-person but it was Nefertiti's sister, which gave some much-needed distance.

First of all the book, much like it's counterpart Nefertiti, did not capture the essence of Ancient Egypt. Sure...more
Feb 24, 2011 Isis rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Children Aged 8 - 12
Recommended to Isis by: No one

There are plenty of issues to raise here, a few good but also plenty of bad. The coherence of the plot is noticeably better than in Moran's first effort, "Nefertiti", which felt like a force of nature carried the helpless characters along a raging torrent without rhyme or reason to the conclusion of the novel. This book at least has an objective in mind, and the plot revolves around whether or not Nefertari will succeed or fail in achieving this objective - becoming Chief Wife and exposing the p...more
Some would call the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti visionaries. They ended the polytheistic religion of Egypt and destroyed the greedy and corrupt temples of Amun. They instituted a revolutionary monotheistic system, worshipping one God, the Aten. Unfortunately, thousands of years of religious belief could not be erased so easily. Their reign ended in disaster and the old religious order was restored, ending a line of kings stretching back over a hundred years.

Michelle Moran starts th...more
I love historical fiction, especially reading about women rulers. Though I am mostly addicted to reading about the Tudors, I wanted to read something different.
The Heretic Queen is the first Michelle Moran novel I read. Looking at her other books, Michelle seems to have a penchant for Egyptian women rulers.
The Heretic Queen focuses on one of the lesser known queens of Egypt, Nefertari, who was Queen Nefertiti's niece . She is called "The Heretic Queen" since Nefertiti had abandoned the Gods Egyp...more
I had some misgivings about this at first--it starts off with so many of the plot points of Memoirs of a Geisha that I was worried it would turn into an Egyptian version of that, but luckily it's just a short part of the book while Nefertari's being trained to catch Ramesses' eye that things mirror Golden's novel.

Michelle Moran is very good at giving nice descriptions and imagery of Ancient Egyptian life, and while it's hard to be completely accurate about a period we know so little about there'...more
Sep 18, 2008 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Margaret by: Michelle Moran
Oh, what a novel! I wish it had not come to an end. Every time I picked up the book to settle in for a read, I was swept into the world of Egypt with Pharaoh's and Warrior Queen's. I was impressed by Nefertiti, Michelle Moran's debut, but The Heretic Queen surpasses my admiration by far.

Our story is told from a first person perspective straight from the mouth of Nefertari, beloved of Ramesses, and Warrior Queen of Egypt. From a child to a woman, as a reader you get to hold onto her tale. I gig...more
Rebecca Huston
I had thought Nefertiti was bad. I didn't think that it couldn't get worse. It did. This fluffy, stupid, tale of Rameses II's great love, Nefertari, is reduced into a tawdry romance full of plotting priests, high-heeled sandals, tolling bells, never ending meals of pomegranate sauced ducks, and other improbabilities. Nefertari is supposedly the niece of Queen Nefertiti, and goes through the novel fearing that someone is gonna find out. Right. And she wants to find out the truth of her 'murdered'...more
WOW!! What another awesome book. This book only took me 4 days to read. I had to carry it with me everywhere and read it at every opportunity I could. I couldn't just stop at the end of a chapter I had to find out what was going to happen next as if my life depended on it!!

This story was about the niece of Neferteti, Nefertari. To begin with I didn't even know Neferteti had a niece much less what her name was. The book talks about the journey that Nefertari had to take to become Ramesses The Gre...more
Very disappointing. One of the things I enjoy most about reading historical fiction is being immersed in worlds of the past. Moran fails completely at this, she was never able to bring Ancient Egypt alive.

After thinking on this for a little bit, I think was really bothered me was the theme of the book - you are never good enough for the man you love, you have to change into something you aren't. The main character starts out beautiful, smart, speaks 6 or 7 languages, and is best friends with the...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A vast improvement over the author's earlier Egyptian historical fiction novel, Nefertiti. I admit that I had low expectations for this going in, but the plot, the character's struggles (especially Nefertari's for identity and recognition, as opposed to her "aunt"'s for just power/a man) were handled much more maturely and wholly.

This foray into the fascinating world of Egypt's past has a lot more to recommend it than Nefertiti. The characters are more accessible and rounded; the similarities (b...more
I am crazy for anything Egypt and this book did not let me down. I've read Michelle's previous novel, Nefertiti, and this was just as good. More to come....I am at work right now ;)
Aug 10, 2011 Nina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Miss Ivashkov
Još jedna odlična knjiga Michelle Moran!!! Heretička kraljica je ispunila svako moje očekivanje! Nalazi se rame uz rame s Nefertiti! Svakako preporučam!
I have to give credit where credit is due; Michelle Moran sent out to write a historical fiction book based on Nefertari and she did just that. She tried to stay extremely close to facts, not expanding in huge amounts for her stories' sake. When she did waver she mentioned in the back of the book... mostly where "facts" are unknown and it was required to bridge a gap. She is a wonderful story teller; She made me feel so involved and completely sucked me into these characters' Egyptian world.

I c...more
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Although not as lengthy as her debut novel, Nefertiti, this follow up about her supposed niece, Nefertari, is just as stunning in scope. Full of exquisite details about everyday Egyptian life, Ms. Moran weaves a tale of fact blended with fiction to bring alive another of Egypt's more famous queens. She was a fitting consort for one of the most famous of Egypt's pharaohs, Ramesses the Great (of biblical fame), and was his equal in many ways. In an era of mostly arranged marriages (and sometimes e...more
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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 t...more
Tara Chevrestt
90210 goes to Egypt!! That about sums it up. I found this novel to be juvenile. The entire novel is a cat fight between Nefertari (the daughter of Mutny, Nefertiti's sister) and a harem girl named Iset. Both Nefertari and Iset become wives of Ramses II and they are constantly fighting to be Chief Wife. While Ramses jumps bed to bed impregnating one or the other, the women resort to poision, lies, and use all their charms to lure the pharoah. There is some war thrown in here and there for good me...more
Nov 24, 2008 Elly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: historical fiction junkies, people who can read about Egypt without nitpicking.
This book is a really fun read in the tradition of Michelle Moran's last book, Nefertiti. It has the same sort of backdrop, the same palace intrigue, but I think the drama in this book is more subtle than Nefertiti. Of course there's still over-the-top moments, but for the most part the characters are more developed and the style is a bit more sophisticated this time around.

I wouldn't call it a guilty pleasure but it has the same effect-engrossing, enjoyable, easy to read. You don't mind gettin...more
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This is a well-paced, beautifully drawn and compelling look at the neice of the heretic queen Nefertiti; orphaned and relegated to a minor role at court, the young Nefertari's struggle to overcome the shadows of her past and win the right to become queen, won her the heart of Pharoah Ramseess and the adoration of Egypt.
Michelle Moran has written another awesome novel! I loved her first, Nefertiti, and she didn't disappoint with this one. Though not a sequel, if you haven't read Nefertiti, I would read it first because this one is about her niece and the do talk a lot about the first book.
I just wasn't that impressed. Nefer wasn't a strong female to me and their "romance" was incredibly unrealistic to me. Character development was really lacking and I didn't like any of her characters. I doubt I'll read anything else by this author.

I really enjoyed this book. The romance was sweet (although the whole Pharaoh with two wives thing is a little annoying), and the events intriguing. I just really like being lost in ancient Egypt - among pharaohs and queens.
This book was 100% page turner. I loved it so much I read it in one day! I couldn't put it down. The story grabbed me right away from the beginning and didn't let me go until the last page. Definately a best read.
Brittany B.
This is a simplistic historical fiction story of an Egyptian queen. It is an interesting, easy read by an author who definitely gets better with age.

One of the few historical stories with a nice ending.
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Michelle Moran was born in southern California. After attending Pomona College, she earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University. During her six years as a public high school teacher, Michelle used her summers to travel around the world, and it was her exp...more
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