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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  20,940 ratings  ·  1,826 reviews
Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s anci ...more
Hardcover, 463 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Crown Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2007)
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UGH...PFFT...HEAD SHAKE and a wind-rustling SIGH about sums up my feelings for this MEHstorical bore festival. For this level of detail on life in ancient Egypt, I could have stuck with: Photobucket

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Nov 12, 2008 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ancient History Fans
Shelves: read-in-2008
Diana Gabaldon tagged this debut novel 'Compulsively readable!' and she's not far off the mark. I'm sure I won't be the first blogger to draw this comparison but this book was like The Other Boleyn Girl - Egyptian style - and for three main reasons:

Firstly, thematically. For as much as this was a novel of sisters, it was a novel of rivals. Moran demonstrated unflinchingly the horrible acts women are capable of commiting to gain power over one another through Nefertiti and her dealings with Kiya
Remind me next time I'm looking for a new book NOT to buy one that is advertised on! I should have known what I'd be getting myself into...

This was totally a summer beach read - although next time, I will wait for paperback (too heavy)! I felt like it was just ALL dialogue ALL the time - the author never went into too much detail in her description of places, people, etc (this reminds me of my high school English teachers constantly telling us to "show, not tell" in our writing)
This book was rather disappointing.

The story of Nefertiti and Akhenaton, two of Ancient Egypt's most emblematic leaders was always one of my favorites. Perhaps because of this, I had very high expectations for this book... and in the end, they weren't met.

According to several summaries I've read about this book, "Nefertiti" tells the story of the Royal (or First) Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton and it's also somewhat biographic. I was always a little dubius about the "biographic nature" of the book, a
Sep 07, 2008 Susan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: fiction, historical
I am a great fan of (well done) historical fiction - Gabaldon, Gulland and Koen all come instantly to mind - but this certainly doesn't come close to any of them. In fact, I never got beyond the first 50 or 60 pages. I've had a lifelong love affair with ancient Egypt, especially the Armana period, and I've never seen it depicted quite like this. Amunhotep (Ahknaten) was depicted as a headstrong, foolish kid,bad enough, but where oh where did she come up with her idea of Nefertiti's character? Va ...more
Fairly weak novel with sketchy historical research.
Feb 17, 2009 Alaine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alaine by: Annie
What I found to be fascinating about this book is that compared to other periods in history i.e. Tudor England, very little is known about it. Michelle Moran has woven an interesting and credible tale. What an amazing imagination she has!
This story is told in first person by Mutny, Nefertiti's younger sister. As a character Nefertiti has been portrayed as a beautiful and passionate woman, who will go to any lengths to get what she wants. There are many characters in this novel and I must confess
Violet Crush
It’s 1351 BCE. Tuthmosis, the older brother of Amunhotep is dead and the wise men of Egypt have concluded that Amunhotep has killed his brother for power, to become the pharaoh.

And as the author Michelle Moran puts it
Whatever the truth, that night the crown prince, Tuthmosis, dies, and a new crown prince rose to take his place.

Thus begins the story of greed, unlimited power, dirty politics and one family’s journey into royalty.Nefertiti is chosen by Amunhotep’s mother and her aunt as his wife an
Nina Life of a Bookworm
Ovako kvalitetna knjiga rijetko se nalazi! Možda je to moje mišljenje jer sam oduvijek pokazivala zanimanje za drevnim Egiptom, a ova mi je knjiga upravo dala ono što sam i željela. Ne znam, ali sa sigurnošću mogu reći da je knjiga čisto savršenstvo, po meni nema praznog hoda, svaki događaj je na svom mjestu i svaki je lik savršeno okarakteriziran.
Zanimljivo je čitati o stvarnim osobama koje su postojale gotovo 3000 godina unazad.
Nisam imala pojma da je Nefertiti bila toliko jaka žena sve dok ni
I am still reeling from this delicious book! Power, royalty, wealth and a sweet love story all rolled into one, this book swept me up and did not put me down until the last page of the preview to the sequel. Told through the eyes of Nefertiti's younger sister, Mutnodjmet, who was the exact opposite of her - but both were compelling and strong characters. I couldn't help but liken Nefertiti to Anne Boleyn: both driven by their families and their own ambitions for power, both used religion to seal ...more
Jun 13, 2008 Lynn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are bored.
Recommended to Lynn by: A friend
At first the back cover had me ready to read when I saw "meticulously researched" stated by the Boston Globe's review on the back. I tore through it in 9 hours because it was such an easy read. While the story was decent, I was rather disappointed.
Although her character portrayal was good, she never really made me SEE Egypt. It also lacked the one thing every other "meticulously researched" book on ancient Egypt lacks. No one ever> uses the actual Kemetic names of cities or gods. If it was s
Quandra Chaffers
The cover art lied to me. The beautiful portrait on the front suggested to me that someone took a look at the real life bust of the queen revered for her beauty and finally decided to write a story about black Egyptian royalty. If we're not talking about the Helenistic dynasty (the line of Cleopatras and Ptolenmys) I don't want to hear about them being white. And even then, because of Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt, Cleopatra came from a long line of inbred Greeks and Macedonians. Yet, ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Egypt, 1351 BCE. Fifteen year old Nefertiti and her thirteen year old sister, Mutnodjmet, are the daughters and only children of the Vizier Ay, brother to the Queen of Egypt, Tiye. The prince of Egypt and Pharaoh's heir, Tuthmosis, is dead - possibly murdered by his younger and much less liked brother, Amunhotep. With no other heir, Amunhotep is made Crown Prince and Tiye goes to her brother's family for a Chief Wife for him: Nefertiti. Both Ay and Tiye need Nefertiti to control Amunhotep, who t ...more
While I love anything about ancient Egypt, this book was quite a disappointment to me. I have read a number of books about ancient Egypt that seemed to have been a little more researched and that were better written. It seemed that this story was set in the modern day, rather than in the past.

While the plot of the story was interesting, a lot of the characters became more annoying than anything as the story went on. I became less and less interested in Nefertiti's struggle to cope with her eccen
I truly have mixed feeling about this book. The author in her note at the end of the book tells us that she is faithful to the history of the period, but from my own search into that time I know that it is not true. I also can't like the way she portrayed Akhenaten and Nefertiti at all, nor do I think that that was the way they were, based on what little I know of them.

Take away the historical references, and you've got a good story. The interactions between the two sister, was a very good stor
Melissa Veras
This. Was. Amazing.

Nunca, nunca pensé que esta historia me iba a gustar TANTO. Siempre me ha encantado la historia del Antiguo Egipto, y si bien este no es un libro de historia, sino un ficción histórica, me encantó de principio a fin.

Debo decir que este libro no fue lo que me esperaba, empezando porque está narrado desde el punto de vista de la hermana de Nefertiti, no de Nefertiti misma. Cuenta la historia a partir de que Nefertiti se casa con el príncipe heredero; y de ahí vamos viendo todos
Michelle Moran is no Philippa Gregory. Her book seems to reach for it, bringing the idea of a historical and controversial queen to the readers intimacy with the relationship she has with her sister. I will give her credit for the research involved which was probably a lot harder to procure than Tudor knowledge but then again, it warrants that half of what I am reading might be made up. In fact, reading through a historical account of Nefertiti after completion of the book has left me wondering ...more
Lolly's Library
The book which introduced me many years ago to the wonders and beauty of ancient Egypt, Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, continues to enthrall me to this very day and holds a permanent position on my bookshelf. It is also the benchmark by which I judge all historical fiction novels with an Egyptian setting. Michelle Moran, I'm sorry to say, your book doesn't pass.

When I read well-written novels of ancient Egypt, such as the one mentioned above, or Margaret George's The Memoirs
This novel is about Nefertiti and her life. A lot is known about Akhenaton, Nefertiti and the Amarna period, but equally, as much is obscure. It is an interesting period with plenty of conflicts, alliances, misalliances, building of new cities, flourishing new art and then a spectacular downfall.

The writing was good and I especially enjoyed the second half of the book when Nefertiti had moved ahead from trying to win the king's affection to remain in power. In that respect, this book was far ah
Contrary to what some other reviewers have said, I found this to be a very poorly-researched book. While there is, of course, very little information available about the personalities of people who lived so long ago, there is certainly a good deal of information about this period and these people, from which one can draw some intelligent inferences about what they were like, as people. And these characters simply do not fit the available historical data. Nefertiti, for example, is portrayed by M ...more
Yuck yuck yuck. Sorry, I must not be in line with the New York best seller's list's standards. This was poorly written, the characters weren't believable, and the main character was especially 'catty' and 13-year-oldish/Disney showish. What a very tedious book to get through. I kept reading, hoping it would redeem itself (I'd never read an Egyptian novel and really wanted to enjoy it), but boy oh boy did it ever flop! I'm definitely avoiding Moran's writing from hear on out. There are just too m ...more
Jo Ann
I think a better title for this novel might have been,

"Mutnodjmet, The Chief Wife's Sister."

If your able to endure the entire story, you will become well acquainted with that phrase. You never get to really know Nefertiti, or what she is thinking, but you do get to witness one whiny temper tantrum after another. I lost count how many times Mutnodjmet had to break down and cry.

Strangely Pharaoh's court seems to lack physicians until 13 year old Mutnodjmet arrives with her knowledge of healing
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran surprised me in that the principle character was more about her half-sister Mutnodjmet, in Egyptian history during a time of great turbulence and intrigue.

The world building and characters were enthralling one with Mutny’s point of view. Nefertititi was above ambitious, and schemed incessantly.

I related well to Mutny using her healer’s skills having only herbs to help the afflicted. While I’m not an Egyptian scholar, Michelle wove a fantastic story with intrigue ch
This story really grabbed me. I read for 6 hours straight before I paused for dinner, and then continued on until the end. The booked appeared fairly formidable in size, at least my library edition did, but the font and margins were large and overall a fast read. (Please note I don't in the least consider myself a FAST reader, just a 'dedicated' one.)
I did find it funny that one reviewer was relieved this was *not* a rip-off of "The Other Boleyn Girl" because I could not stop thinking how simila
Abby Lyn
I loved this book the same way I enjoyed "The Other Boleyn Girl." Neither one will win a prize for outstanding literature, but both were completely engrossing and entertaining historical fiction. There are many similarities between the two stories in the use of a less famous sister to tell the story of a powerful, selfish and dynamic queen. Here the family bonds are much less dysfunctional. My one complaint with this novel was the ending - there was still so much more to Mutny's life that wasn't ...more
I love Ancient Egypt and was excited to see a book about Nefertiti rather than Cleopatra. However, there are a lot of problems with this book.

One, it reeks of The Other Boleyn Girl. Its even told from the perspective of Nefertiti's sister, Mut, rather than Nefertiti herself. Even the personality of out titular character is almost exactly like Anne Boleyn.

Two, Mut is a dull lead and I would have rather seem what was going on in Nefertiti's mind. Unlike Mary Boleyn, there really is nothing intere
This book kept coming up on a bunch of Goodreads lists and I was intrigued so I thought I would give it a shot. Because as you know I LOVE historical fiction.

So the question is...Was it good historical fiction? Not really. It had a few good points. I enjoyed immersing myself in an ancient civilization and trying to get a feel for the time period. Do I think it was an authentic portrayal of the ancient Overall I feel that the whole book was a little weak in the same way that I
Okay, so I was really hesitant to read this one. I'm not really into the whole Egyptian thing, especially not reading wise, but I have to say I was suprised (in a good way) by this book.
Michelle Moran, I don't know how you did it, but you made this book so easy to read. I was afraid we'd fall into a huge love story and nothing else, but thankfully I was wrong. There is minor "love" sections in the book, but it's not what the book is about.
I do wonder why she titled the book 'Nefertiti" though, w
Jul 22, 2008 Denise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers
Recommended to Denise by: book club
Shelves: history
I believe that Ms. Moran had a formidable job trying to take the research of the Amarna period (or should I say the lack of available material) and turn it into a gripping novel. While some diehard people will quibble and say parts of the novel are patently untrue, her story came alive and if nothing else made me try to learn more about this interesting woman, her sister, and Akhenaten. It was a remarkable period in Egypt's history, and this talented storyteller made me want to learn even more. ...more
This book was amazing historical fiction. It covers the time period between Nefertiti's acsension to queen (or chief wife of Pharaoh) and her death. It gives an indepth view of these people about whom so little is known for sure. The author does a phenomenal job of bringing these characters to life. Nefertiti is a character that you feel sorry for and are angry at simultaneously for most of the book. Anyone who likes Philippa Gregory's historical fiction novels of the English court (The Other Bo ...more
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Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including Madame Tussaud, which was optioned for a mini-series in 2011. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

A native of southern California, Michelle attended Pomona
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