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Child of the Morning

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,791 ratings  ·  135 reviews
She ruled Egypt not as Queen but as Pharaoh, thirty five centuries ago. Yet her name--Hatshepsut--does not appear in dynastic scrolls, nor is her reign celebrated on monuments. This is the story of the young woman who assumed the throne of Egypt, mastered the arts of war and government, lived her life by her own design, and ruled an empire--the only woman Pharaoh in histor ...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Press (first published 1977)
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Iset
Feb 24, 2011 Iset rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Iset by: No one
Getting the sole bad point about this book out of the way first, some of the information on which Gedge bases the book we now know is inaccurate. Gedge, for example, has an enmity between Hatshepsut and Thothmes III, her nephew/step-son. This enmity was previously deduced from the evidence that the erasure of Hatshepsut's names from the king list occurred in Thothmes III's reign. But we know at present date that the chiselling out of her name occurred at the very end of his reign - hardly a rash ...more
TheFountainPenDiva
Forget the reissued Gaia Press cover, check out the original by artists Leo and Diane Dillon. That's the edition that I fell madly in love with and almost caused me to commit larceny of my public library, LOL. Needless to say, Gedge hit all my happy buttons big time!

Since this book was first published, Egyptology has learned a little more about Hatshepset, but it was interesting when re-reading this at how much of the story Ms. Gedge actually managed to deduce (and get right). There are several
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Aaronlisa
I have read this book more times than I can remember starting when I was about sixteen and still in high school. Child of the Morning is probably one of the very first books that I can remember that actually moved me emotionally. It's powerful in it's imagery and emotions.

To qoute Penguin Canada's website: A chronicle of passionate intrigue and sensuous exoticism, Child of the Morning resurrects the life of the awesome Hatshepsut, the only woman pharaoh of ancient Egypt, whose name was erased f
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Dawn
I'm wondering if I've just been reading too much Egyptian historical fiction lately as I have not been all that enthralled by the last few.

My big issue with this story was the main character Hatshepsut. What a completely annoying person. She starts out as a entirely spoiled child and keeps that attitude and personality right until her death. I am pretty positive that a woman in her position would have needed more tact, charm and political astuteness to survive as long as she did as Pharaoh.
Lisa
As a fan of Michelle Moran and a devotee of historical fiction, I expected to love this book. Wholeheartedly. Unabashedly. But several pages in, I found myself struggling not only to like it, but to pick it up again once I had put it down. Uh-oh. With a book that spans more than 400 pages, that reluctance is a bad omen, indeed.

While Ms. Gedge provides a scenic background that very nearly transports one to ancient Egypt and colors her characters with a revealing, delicate, fine brush, I'm sorry t
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Margot
Once upon a time, a girl who didn't like reading at all. Yes, I'm talking about me. A long time ago, I didn't like reading so much but this book makes me love reading. I have always had a passion for Egypt since I'm a little child and the story of Hatchepsout, the wonderful, beautiful, magnificent queen fascinated me. I just stop reading for sleeping and for nothing else. I love the setting, the characters, the complexity of the relationship the characters are involved in. We almost feel the kha ...more
Carina
I will be honest. I cried at the end. Yes! I did! That's how much I loved this book. I loved how the main character was strong and did not back down from the challenge society set upon her, how she interacted in the politics (view spoiler). I really loved the interaction the main character had with others (view spoiler). Even though it is a bit lengthl ...more
Lara Hart
This is my desert island book. I first read it when I was 11 years old and have re-read it more than 100 times since. Although written as a romance, the feel of history coming to life permeates the story here. Hatshepsut, Senmut, Thothmes I, II and III are very real people. Excellent read.
Carrie Slager
When I first read Child of the Morning, I was enchanted by it. Hatshepsut the tragic, pious she-pharaoh who wanted nothing more than to please Amun spoke to me. Pauline Gedge brought her to life for me and made ancient Egypt so much more accessible. Yet something about her portrayal of Hatshepsut didn’t feel right to me at all. Upon further study of her life, Pauline Gedge’s Hatshepsut does not sit well with me.

Pharaoh Hatshepsut reigned for 20-22 years after the death of her brother-husband Thu
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D Fisher
If you love ancient history, especially the wonderful Egyptians, then this book is just what you need. What it lacks in characterization it makes up for in sheer fun. A fast read, and though it can hardly be faithful to history, Hatshepsut is just as one might imagine her to be: lovely as the dawn yet cold as the night, drawing you into herself yet keeping everyone at a distance. I feel so much more could have been done with her character, she could be so annoying at times and her relationship w ...more
Jo Marie
Three and a half-stars, but I'll round it up to four because Hatshepsut! It's a good and enjoyable book, but definitely not a great book. The tone is uneven -- the book can't decide whether it's a YA or adult/young adult novel. The characters slip into stilted fantasy-novel speak. Also like a fantasy novel, the MC is young and slim and jaw-dropping gorgeous throughout the entire span of the novel. This book was written in the 1970s I believe, so there have been discoveries made about Hatshepsut ...more
Lauren
Hatshepsut was one of the earliest female leaders in recorded history, one of the most successful Pharaohs of all time, and a woman whose life and accomplishments have always interested me. Yet, somehow, I managed to find out about this book only just last year, several decades after it was published...

The book's protagonist is Hatshepsut herself, and while the story is told in a third person omniscient point of view, you spend much of your time with her and inside of her thoughts. Hatshepsut is
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Chris
I picked this book up when I was in Montreal and read it during my stay there. I enjoyed it so much that before I left, I went back and picked up everything else by her. A very good book.
Rebecca
The book that introduced me to both Pauline Gedge and Hatshepsut, female Pharoah of Ancient Egypt, is a mesmerizing story of a woman's rise to power and her struggles to keep it while remaining true to herself. It has haunted me since I first read it, and Gedge's depiction of Hatshepsut as she tries to do what is best for Egypt and to stand up for her right to rule is was hugely inspiring when I was in high school. Bittersweet and striking, this is a must-read for those who enjoy reading about t ...more
Shelley Schanfield
Another of Gedge's vivid and utterly believable recreations of the past. I knew nothing about Queen/Pharoah Hapshetsut; this book certainly provided a lot of information about her time and place. Interesting as she is as an historical figure, as drawn by Gedge she is a fascinating and potent woman--strong-willed, confident in her own divinity, full of the power that the god Amun's favor bestows. It's interesting that though she waged war alongside her troops, she did so only to defend Egypt and ...more
Betelgeuse
Oct 29, 2014 Betelgeuse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi vuole immergersi nell’antico Egitto.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Bisogna prendere il libro come un’interpretazione romanzata dell’Egitto e del suo unico faraone donna, lasciandosi avvolgere da quell’aria di regalità e divinità che era attribuita alla stirpe reale.

Possiamo così seguire Hatshepsut, che da bambina che ama giocare, si trasforma in una donna fiera e incredibilmente potente, in grado di governare l’Egitto senza inutili guerre e spargimenti di sangue. Molti aspetti della sua vita sono scanditi dalla rel
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Nikki
I found this novel difficult to judge. It is 2.5 stars for me. Something felt missing from the book and I could not quite put my finger on it. The characters felt as though they were at a distance, I never felt a full grasp of them or cared very much for them. The shifting viewpoints took away from the story in my opinion, it would have been better told simply from someone close to Hatshepsut or from Hatshepsut’s viewpoint only.

The novel was originally written in 1977, which leaves a great deal
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J. Else
The language of this is so poetic. "The night folded around them with a sweetness and poignancy heightened by the new pale stars that prickled silver fire in the water of the lily ponds, by the scented winds, and by the nearness of each other." Wow! Lovely.

Gedge is vivid in her descriptions of the ancient land and the lifestyle. Her narrative is rich and beautiful. Conversely, this could also cause the story to drag a bit. And while some things are richly defined, other moments (like the raisin
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I loved this book from when I first discovered it in my teens. It's a novel of Hatshepsut, the only woman to ever reign as Pharaoh, and it's vivid and lush without ever being purple, conjuring up a distant land that was as, the forward notes, as ancient to the Caesars as they are to us--she ruled 3,500 years ago. Gedge does a wonderful job of bringing that land and its people to the mind's eye. When Hatshepsut discusses her temple with her lover architect, Senmut (still in existence) it's descri ...more
Sverre
This novel, published in 1977, was Pauline Gedge’s first and proved to be an international success for the Canadian author (born in New Zealand, also resided in England). Although it is a lengthy book she wrote it in just six weeks, which attests to her tremendous ability to interweave historical details, strong character development, dramatic action, interludes of passion, concise dialogue and parental and filial rivalries and betrayals into a memorable work that continues to be enjoyed by read ...more
Forgotten Realms Queen
I first read Pauline Gedge when I was in high school about ten years ago. I found this book (same cover ironically..) on the shelves and picked it up. I loved it from the first page, and devoured it within a few days.

I became a fan of her work with this book, and have read several other novels of hers since. I however have not picked up Child of the Morning until now, ten years later. This is only my second reading, ten years apart, but I remember this book like it was only last week I read it.
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Alex Ronk
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Eccentrika
E' difficile giudicare un romanzo come questo, in quanto l'importanza storica che ricopre è talmente grande da elevarlo a una spanna rispetto agli altri libri. L'autrice Pauline Gedge con "La figlia del mattino" cerca di riportare alla memoria un personaggio importantissimo per la storia egiziana, il cui ricordo è stato volutamente e ingiustamente profanato e vandalizzato, con il fine ultimo di cancellarne il ricordo. Ma fortunatamente non tutto è andato perduto e con accurate ricerche l'autrice ...more
Rusty
Quite an interesting read. This is the story of Hatshepsut, daughter of Pharoah Thothmoses I. He also has a son, Thothmoses II. Gedge does a remarkable job of taking us back to the Egypt of Hatshepsut who becomes the pharoah of Egypt. According Egyptian historians, she is the first recorded female pharoah and was highly successful in her reign of twenty years. She was succeeded by a nephew, Thutmose III, who became one of the greatest if not the greatest of the pharoahs.

However, this is her stor
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Andrea


I had great expectations of this book. I have read all of Michelle Morans's wonderful books on ancient Egypt, and the subject of this novel is so fascinating - the only female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut. But I was disappointed because there was really very little of a personal story. The book was filled with endless descriptions of ancient Egyptian rituals and religious rites. I found that I couldn't care or be engaged with these descriptions. After all, this was a novel, there should have been more e
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Laura Williams
I actually discovered this book when it first came out in the 1970's - it was the first transition book that I read coming from children's fiction to adult fiction. Okay, if I hadn't already been an Egyptian freak who had read a lot of non-fiction Egyptian books then the scene between Hatshepsut and her father as the God might have been a bit much. But I was prepared for the different morals particularly with regard to the role of pharaoh. That is only the smallest part of my recollections about ...more
Julia Gonzalez
I have reread this book like a hundred times and I never tire from it. I love the fact that this story is about a woman often unnoticed in history. Pauline Gedge's story is full of interesting characters. Hatshepsut, for example, is a strong woman who loves her country immensely, she's determined but also afraid of her future. I believed in every single one of the characters, as they were all so complex and deep.
Vanina Rodríguez
Pauline nos sumerge de lleno en la mística egipcia llena de dioses, costumbres, asesinatos, intrigas y amores prohibidos...
Es la clase de libro para leer más de una vez y aunque veía venir el final, La dama del Nilo (como se llama en español) no dejo de sorprenderme y atraparme hasta la última palabra.
A los 12 años me abrió la puerta de las novelas históricas y hasta hoy ninguna la pudo superar.
Kate Long
Probably more 3.5 stars than 4. I had a little bit of trouble getting into this book at first, but I really enjoyed it once I did (maybe a few chapters in). On the negative side, I found the writing to be a little bit uneven at times - sometimes she seemed very eloquent and other times the sentences seemed like average YA literature. I think there were also formatting issues with transferring it to an ebook, because there were spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors throughout. On the posit ...more
Emily
If you’ve read any historical romance novels, Pauline Gedge’s Child of the Morning fits comfortably within the standard form: there is a beautiful, independent, intelligent woman who tries to fight the patriarchy, with her love interest(s) helping or hurting her cause. As a novel, Child of the Morning is not an impressive work – the story was predictable, the writing was average at best, and its pace was uneven. It was far more interesting to read from an Egyptological point-of-view and examine ...more
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