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KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh (KIYA Trilogy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  969 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including he
Paperback, 257 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press
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2.5 stars

This review is for a free copy of the book courtesy of Curiosity Quills via NetGalley

This book was historically inaccurate, so please if you don't know anything about the period don't rely upon this one.

the author chose for her story the Amarna Period, which is a period that the successors of Akhenaton attempted to wipe out of history, destroying the city and the temples, carving out the Pharaoh's name and that of his wife, Nefertiti, moving their mummified bodies into unmarked tombs, m
Jessa Russo
Nov 21, 2012 Jessa Russo rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was the Acquisitions Editor for this book.

I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this book is.

The female lead, Naomi, is strong and powerful, and doesn't back down. She's exactly what we all want to see in fiction, but didn't feel anything like the author was forcing her to be someone she wasn't. Her actions were always believable and fitting.

The love in this book isn't limited to one couple - in fact, love is shown to us in so many different people throughout KIYA. Differe
4.5 stars!

I simply adored this book! Ms. Hamstead did an amazing job writing about ancient Egypt and keeping the plot and characters interesting until the very end. It's written in first person narration.

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Kiya, also known as Naomi, is an interesting heroine. Her character shines throughout the story and she strong willed. She's also a Hebrew. Pharoah’s commander Horemheb tries to take her sisters to become concubines, Naomi offers to go in their place. She soon is renamed Kiya.

I couldn't help bu
Cassandra Page
Jun 23, 2013 Cassandra Page rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away! I've always been interested in Egyptology but never a student of it (if that makes sense), and I usually find historical fiction dusty and dull. But "Kiya" is the sort of character-driven story that keeps you turning the pages until there aren't any more, and then you wonder when the sequel is coming out. It has enough historical detail in there to set the scene but not so much that you're bogged down in it and lose sight of the story.

There's romance, intrigue, betrayal,
Mar 28, 2014 Summer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-faves
Words cannot describe how much I adore this book and the series (I'm well into book 3). I've always loved stories of ancient Egypt and their history fascinates me, so I was eager to try KIYA. Once I started reading, I could not put this down! Naomi/Kiya, is a strong, smart strong young woman who faces many challenges and stands up for her beliefs. She is reserved and cautious at just the right times, yet powerful when she stands up for herself and others. I found myself cheering for her every ...more
Apr 20, 2013 AnaPIN rated it it was amazing
I absolutely recommend this story. If you want a good read with the mix of history, love, Egypt and a smart heroine, this story is for you.

The blurb:
To save her younger sisters from being taken to the cruel life of the palace, Naomi intervenes and gives herself to be a wife of the erratic Pharaoh Akhenaten.
In the palace, Naomi finds herself thrust into the intrigues of the royal family, and has her name changed to Kiya. She becomes beloved by the Pharaoh, who declares that she will bear him his
Sep 18, 2013 Tierra rated it really liked it
Loved it! Didnt stop reading all night! Couldnt put my kindle down for a minute. Drama, intrigue, love, murder and mystery. It gets better at the end too!
Jana Brown
As the new year has begun I've been making an effort to clear off some of the many free and inexpensive books off my Kindle list. Some of them have just been dumped entirely because whatever caught my eye in the first place no longer holds true and the others I'm trying to give a read and review before deciding if they stay or go.

With that long explanation Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh is a book I've looked at several times, but hadn't picked up until recently. I decided that I wanted something a li
Jamie Ayres
Oct 09, 2013 Jamie Ayres rated it it was amazing
So, Hamstead started right in the action. The story begins with Naomi, a Jew, who offers herself instead of her sisters to be taken as the Pharaoh's concubine. From there, the plot unfolds. Danger, desire, decision . . . KIYA (the new name Naomi is forced to take) has it all! And it was nice to read about another young heroine with moral standards who stuck to her guns, no matter what the cost, in order to protect those around her.

The only thing I didn't like about the story was the villain, Nef
Apr 21, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction and this did not disappoint. I read this for Katie whilst still in its early draft stages and enjoyed the characterisations, the intrigue, the romance and the drama. For anyone who wants to read a novel with romance and drama without the explicit sex and violence, this is for you.
Leigh Collazo
May 31, 2013 Leigh Collazo rated it really liked it

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REVIEW: Okay, I had no idea that King Tut's lineage was a mystery among historians. I thought Nefertiti was his indisputable mother, and I had no idea there was any doubt about that. Doing a little research after I read the book, I found that while DNA evidence supports the pharaoh Akhenaten as King Tut's father, his mother's identity is less certain. Kiya takes that uncertainty and runs with it, serving up a page-turning story about a lesser-known "mother" for K
Carrie Slager
Jul 29, 2016 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

First off, please don’t judge Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh by the tacky cover. The story is so much better, I promise.

Since so little is known about the real Kiya (we don’t even know if she really was Tutankhamun’s mother), I’m willing to suspend my disbelief at the premise of her being Hebrew. Okay, fair enough. Most theories place her as Nubian, but they’re just theories and I thought the whole premise of N
Thom Swennes
May 20, 2016 Thom Swennes rated it did not like it
The young Hebrew girl Naomi volunteers to become one of Pharaoh Akhenaton’s (1380 BC – 1334 BC) wives in order to spare her sisters from being taken in her stead. With almost a hundred wives and even many more royal concubines, life in the royal palace is very hectic. I can imagine that the domestic pressures could have a role in the Pharaoh’s early death at forty-six. Pharaoh Akhenaton’s first wife, Nefertiti (1380 BC – 1336 BC) causes consternation within the royal household. Just prior to the ...more
May 04, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
If you have any interest in Ancient Egyptian history, do yourself a favor and read this book.

Kiya, born a Hebrew named Naomi, is chosen to be the wife of Akhenaten. Chosen to provide him the son he needs to carry on his kingdom. She is a wonderfully strong female lead. You will fall in love with her. She is beloved of Akhenaten and reviled by Nefertiti. She faces everything thrown at her with grace and dignity. I can't stress enough how amazing a character Kiya is.

For those unfamiliar with Ancie
May 23, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing
Talk about a historical epic! KIYA portrayed the era of Akhenaten perfectly, with a famous cast of characters and a deeper look into one of the unsung heroes of the time.

I loved Kiya's character. She's only known in history as the mother of King Tut and this book made her into a real, remarkable person. She was incredibly strong and very admirable. Honestly, the only thing I can say about her is that she was totally awesome.

There was a side note of romance that served more as great development f
Sharon Bayliss
May 25, 2014 Sharon Bayliss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
In Kiya, Hope of the Pharaoh, Egyptian soldiers visit a Hebrew village to find a new wife for the Pharaoh. The Egyptians desire one of Naomi's younger sisters, but Naomi bravely volunteers herself in order to protect her sisters' virtue. When she arrives at the palace, she continues to show strength and bravery, as she stands up for the other wives and concubines, fights the tyrannical first wife, and stays true to her religious beliefs despite threat of death.

I usually do not read historicals,
K.A. Last
May 02, 2013 K.A. Last rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, read-2013
I’ve never been partial to historical fiction, romance or otherwise. From what I have read in the past, I find it tedious and a little boring, with too much emphasis on setting and explanation about historical events.

KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh was neither tedious, nor boring!

Hamstead has effortlessly woven history into fiction, and I found myself enthralled from the very first page.

The character development in this novel is amazing. Kiya is a strong heroine. She is loyal, brave, and headstrong—w
Ann M. Noser
I waited FAR too long to read this book. It sat in my TBR pile for ages (along with a heck of a lot of other books). As soon as I read the first page, I was swept in. This is an engaging, fast read. The MC is very endearing (although at times a bit dense -- but I won't give away spoilers). Taking this as a historical romance (and not a PBS documentary on Egypt) I realize that perhaps some of the many details aren't 100% accurate of the time period, but I enjoyed the sprinkling of what I expect ...more
Nov 15, 2013 Reeda rated it it was amazing
This story depicts Kiya as being a Hebrew and taken from her people to be one of Akhenaten's wives in hope that she will bear him a son and heir to the throne. Along the way she must try to outwit her fearsome rival and great wife, Nefertiti; has a secret crush for a palace guard and a friendship with Horemheb who might have ulterior motives. All this while trying to stay true to her heritage and staying one step ahead of the plots to get rid of her.

I enjoyed the way the story was written and I
Jun 19, 2013 Elisia rated it really liked it
As someone that has always been iterested in Ancient Egypt and studied the art of the Amarna period, I was very curious to see how Katie Hamstead would take this story. I was pleasantly surprised and had to finish this book as soon as possible!

I really enjoyed her incorporation of known elements and the way she weaved them into her story. Of course, we will never know much about this controversal period in Egyptian history. I think that she has done a great job in creating a novel that will spar
James Wymore
Jun 03, 2013 James Wymore rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! I've long been a fan of Ancient Egypt. This charming historical fiction really digs into the politics of being one of many wives. While it has plenty of loving going on, it's done as tastefully as possible for the subject matter. I appreciate it not being done as a romance, which would have made it unbearable.

I enjoyed the story from the beginning. It is a gem of historical fiction, centering heavily on the characters and setting them against a modern parallax which drew me in a
Emma Adams
Oct 25, 2013 Emma Adams rated it really liked it
This is historical fiction as it should be – a great story in a compelling setting brought vividly to life in the writing. I never once felt that anything didn’t fit or didn’t feel authentic. I was completely sucked into this world! Kiya is a fierce and strong heroine with plenty of spirit, and is easy to root for. She refuses to compromise her beliefs even if it means risking her life. The other characters are equally well-drawn, and the plot kept me hooked. This is a well-researched and ...more
Leigh Statham
May 13, 2013 Leigh Statham rated it it was amazing
What a great story! So many twists and turns - love, war, intrigue and cat fights. I especially enjoyed Kiya's can-do attitude and ability to stick to her guns even in the face of death. The whole idea of her coming to love her genetically-deformed-crazy-man-husband was really interesting too. Made me want to research egyptian history. Those dudes were messed up!
Oct 22, 2013 Savindi rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, arc
Cover Gushing Worthiness: I’m going to be honest, I really don’t like the cover of this book. It’s quite tacky and reminds me of a B Movie poster. I think when you have ancient Egypt as a premise in a book, you’d be able to create a beautiful cover. Final verdict on the cover: a thumbs down from me.

Yes, little princess, I can see your future. In fact, today it begins with a brave choice. Your choice will shape the course of this land, and although many may try to erase your legacy, you
Jul 01, 2014 Christie rated it it was amazing
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Jul 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
You can find my full review at A Secret Book Affair.

Exotic, thrilling, and heart gripping would be the first things that come to mind when I try to think of how to describe this title. The breathtakingly descriptive setting and scenes (from the large overall concept, to the micro details) show that Hamstead definitely did her homework while writing her DEBUT novel KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh. Not only does she immerse you in rich textures of what the world around Kiya, or Naomi, must look like but
Lenora Good
Dec 27, 2015 Lenora Good rated it really liked it
This is Historical FICTION. If you want it to follow history, shop elsewhere. If you want a fun read set in a long ago space, enjoy!

Yes, there were/are historical inaccuracies, BUT IT'S FICTION! Yes, there were a few places where modern words and phrases jolted, but over all, it was a fun and light read.

There isn't a great deal known about Kiya, but there is some. If you're a stickler for accuracy in fiction, well, wander on down the aisle, my friend. If you can suspend your disbelief, you just
May 21, 2013 Monique rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, series, netgalley
Originally posted here :


" Yes, little princess, I can see your future. In fact, today it begins with a brave choice. Your choice will shape the course of this land. And although many may try to erase your legacy, you will be recalled or thousands of years to come" - Soothsayer

My Review

Naomi and her sisters lived in Thebes and were the daughters of Jorem of Epheaim, descendants of Joseph which made her family the closest thing to royalty that her peo
Oct 09, 2013 Esmee rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Last year I joined Netgalley, a website where you can read epubs books that just got published . You create a profile where you tell about yourself and you're ready to sign up for the latest ( English ) books ! One condition is that you write a review about it . I looked around and my eyes fell on Kiya . I love Egyptian stories and reported me for this book . Often you get a notification that a publisher is not enough information about you have read, fortunately I soon got an email that the epub ...more
May 08, 2016 Randee rated it it was ok
Shelves: ancient-egypt
This book isn't written very well. It's very simplistic without any layers or depth to the characters. There is hardly any descriptions of the great and beautiful 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. I became a lifelong admirer of ancient Egypt at the age of 7 when my parents took me to see artifacts and mummies. I have never lost my passion or interest and have continued to read and see everything as relates to ancient Egypt. My favorite dynasty is the 18th because there was a plethora of interesting ...more
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Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of day dreaming in the "bush," and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughters, and their dogs.
She has a diploma in travel and t
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KIYA Trilogy (3 books)
  • KIYA: Mother of a King (KIYA Trilogy #2)
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