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King and Goddess

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  479 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Hatshepsut was the only daughter of Thutmose and his Great Royal Wife, and carried the King Right in her person. She was trained to govern, and loved her land and people above all other things. But custom and the Gods decreed that she must wed her half brother and be the Great Royal Wife while he reigned as Pharaoh. When her husband died, she should have stepped aside, ...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Tor Books (first published 1996)
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Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
I'm wavering between a 3 and a 3.5 on this book.

Given that she was such an intriguing and impressive historical figure, there is a very sad dearth of fiction about Hatshepsut. There are perhaps three or four traditionally published novels -- this being one of them -- and a small handful of independent novels (self-published and small press), most of which are just bad.

Compare that with Cleopatra, who was, in my opinion, roughly equal in fascinating-ness, but who's got dozens of traditionally pu
Sasha Hairu
Nov 21, 2016 Sasha Hairu rated it it was amazing
This book explored the relationship between Hatshepsut and her kingdom, the turmoil between her and the king to be and the love that Senenmut had for Hatshepsut.
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Amazing..this book was all a historical novel should be: full of action, romance, drama, intrigue, politics, culture and above all the introduction to a fascinating historical figure, Hatshepsut, Egypt's most notorious and successful female pharoah. Although she may not have been the first Hatshepsut was definitely the most memorable as she did what she believed and what no one thought was possible and that was to rule the greatest country in the land by herself as King and Goddess. The novel ...more
I really wanted to like this book. Hatshepsut is a fascinating figure in Egyptian history - the woman who ruled as a king. She is also something of a mystery. What prompted her to make such a dramatic and unprecedented move? Unfortunately this book really doesn't offer any insights into her motivations or what drove her. It is a good read told from the perspective of Senenmut, her royal steward, adviser, tutor to her daughter Neferure, and ultimately her lover, and from that of Nehsi her Nubian ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Shari rated it liked it
One thing about historical fiction, if it is well done, is the lessons it gives us regarding the cyclical nature of history and historical ploys. Some history is made for narrative having all the excitement needed for page-turning. The reuse, historically, of methods that serve to validate power and authority, such as the 'child of God' story we find in this novel, as well as other uses of propaganda that assure that a leader's power and authority is accepted and respected -- the justification ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a book that will give you an in-depth look at Hatshepsut, this may not be a novel for you. If you are looking for a book that will give you an in-depth look at the world around Hatshepsut, read this.

Hatshepsut is not really the star of this story. The reader gets to see Hatshepsut through the eyes of her advisers, mainly Senenmut and Neshi. If you want a novel where Hatshepsut gets to be the star, I can't recommend Stephanie Thornton's Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Anci
Apr 03, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
It was hard for me to imagine the pharoah Hatshepsut as a protagonist after developing an early opinion against her thanks to reading "Mara, Daughter of the Nile" in J-high, where she's the villain. But still, I enjoyed hearing her side of the story and was completely supportive of her taking the throne to be king - and woman - at the same time. She was a strong, capable leader, although I can see how some of the regal things she did to cement her kingship might be interpreted as tyrranical. I ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Shawn rated it it was ok
Really not a bad book. Although you have to wait until getting through half of this story before it starts to pick up some steam. And somewhere between the middle and the end there are a handful of short chapters that deal exclusively with a secondary character that completely interrupts the flow of the story.
My big issue, however, deals with the protagonist, Queen Hatshepsut. Usually, the main character of a story is one you root for. But I would describe her character traits as arrogant, vain,
Apr 17, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it
I loved the personalization of history. This author really did her research and her take on ancient egyptian life and culture is really spot on and kept interesting. This is what drives the novel. Getting to the why of what happened rather than relying on the facts we have, Tarr as made it plausible and a fascinating read. What is lacking is the depth of emotion. She sort of skims over passion and desire and anger. Any kind of extreme emotion just isn't there in the sense of how it is described. ...more
The idea of this book is wonderful, but in the end, it just didn't pan out. If this book had actually been true to history, I might have been able to overlook the slight lack of skill in its writing, but that just was not possible. Romantic fantasy and made-up nonsense fill Tarr's interpretation of the tale, and it is obvious from her depictions of everyday Egyptian life and ideals that she has never truly studied the subject. The orders of the characters' deaths, proven by archaeological ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
This is a novel about the rise and rule of King Hatshepsut. What makes this novel unique is that the majority of the novel is told through the POV of Senenmut. Senenmut is a historical figure associated with King Hatshepsut. There are also smaller sections told through the POV of Nehsi, another member of King Hatshepsut's inner circle.

The story of Hatshepsut is very familiar to me and there are various ideas of the specifics of how things unfolded. I found most of the information/character devel
Apr 02, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it
I found this to be a richly woven historial novel. Judith Tarr has a way of writing historical women as strong and capable without removing all vestiges of what makes them women. In this tale, a woman declares herself King - a very male role to hold. Through it all, she maintains her independence. The only thing that keeps this from being a 5-star from me is that I feel I've read the same plot from the same author before. Not that it makes it less worthy of reading, just that it feels a lot like ...more
Jenny GB
Nov 22, 2012 Jenny GB rated it really liked it
Great historical fiction novel about ancient Egypt. The novel follows the rise of queen Hatshepsut from queen to regent to queen. She easily gains the love of her servants, Senenmut and Nehsi, as well as her people. She is shown as a fierce and capable leader of her people and rules in peace and prosperity. Judith Tarr described her characters so well and really brought them to life, especially Senenmut and Nehsi. The love story is incredibly moving, especially the end of it when the lovers are ...more
Jun 08, 2013 B H rated it really liked it
This book was good but not the best I have read. She had such an interesting and influential life I would have liked to know more in detail. If you are looking for more books in this genre I would suggest Michelle Moran. Still I give it a four out of five.
Mar 07, 2008 Jacki rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs
What I learned from this book is: If you buy a book at a thrift store, then get home and realize it has a Dollar General tag on it, don't panic. It could still be a good book! This was a nice, well-imagined, very readable account of real people in ancient Egypt.
Aug 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
This book was great! I enjoyed learning about the great woman leader of Egypt in 1508–1458 BC - Hatshepsut. This was not a deep book, nor one that was riveting, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Yay for a good historical fiction!
Apr 29, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it
A fictional telling of the life of the real female pharaoh Hatsheput. Entertaining with vivid imagery.
Jul 08, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It takes place in Ancient Egypt (which I am fascinated with) and really captures that period.
Jul 03, 2015 Josie rated it liked it
I liked this well enough, primarily for the setting; the writing style I found too distancing from both the characters and the action. it did make me want to revisit my Egyptology books, though.
Dec 31, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
A good novel based on the life of Hatshepsut. Tarr's is different enough from Gedge's Child of Morning that each stands out.
Jul 27, 2011 Ubalstecha marked it as to-read
Great story of Hatshepsut, the Egyptian Pharoh who was also a woman. Tarr tels a wonderful story and it is easy to be drawn in.
Nov 12, 2008 Sarah added it
Excellent read. A little slow to start, but turns out to paint an elaborate picture of what life in ancient Egypt must have been like.
Jenny Jeffries
Yep, another pleasant 'take me back to Egypt' story, with some imagined insight into life among the pharoahs.
Jun 10, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Does quite a good job describing what might have happened during the life and reign of Hatshepsut, Queen of Egypt. Was quite engrossing and illuminating. Well written.
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Judith Tarr (born 1955) is an American author, best known for her fantasy books. She received her B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College in 1976, and has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She taught Latin and writing at Wesleyan University from 1988-1992, and taught at the
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