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4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  26,483 Ratings  ·  2,135 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 2007)
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♕Miss A♕
Sep 11, 2016 ♕Miss A♕ rated it did not like it
Why is this book so popular? I'm quivering with rage.

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Nefertiti. One of Egypt's greatest queens. She must have been an extraordinary woman. Right?

Well, not according to the author. In Michelle Moran's novel, Nefertiti is basically the ancient equivalent of Kim Kardashian.

She was beautiful, so she must have been very shallow. According to the author, Nefertiti was a very ruthless woman who was power hungry and cared far too much about her outward appearance. It must be true! If there's one thi
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

*** By the way, for those taking a trip down Nostalgia Boulevard right now seeing Steve Martin’s SNL masterpiece, I have added the lyrics in a spoiler so that those who don’t care can skip over it…otherwise…enjoy…
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Nov 12, 2008 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Aug 08, 2007 Anna rated it it was ok
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 did not like it  ·  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
Dec 21, 2016 Asha rated it liked it

This particular historical fiction book reminded me a lot of what occurred in the lives of sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn in Philippa Gregory's book, The Other Boleyn Girl, except with an Egyptian twist. It's easy to picture 1351 BC from Moran's vivid descriptions and use of various Egyptian words. This is Moran's version of Nefertiti's tale, told through the eyes of her younger sister, Mutnodjmet. For the most part, everything that occurs regarding Nefertiti is assumed. She may have been crowned

Feb 09, 2008 Renée rated it it was ok
Fairly weak novel with sketchy historical research.
Feb 17, 2009 Alaine rated it really liked it  ·  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
Trupti Dorge
Aug 11, 2011 Trupti Dorge rated it it was amazing
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
An enjoyable historical fiction about the ambitious Nefertiti, who married the heir and future pharaoh Akhenaton. Much is obscure about that period of Egypt's history, so Michelle Moran's creativity comes forth in Nefertiti as she pictures a time of political intrigue, the building of a new city, art flourishing to all end up with a spectacular downfall. An interesting and absorbing historical fiction that provides a window into the sophisticated lifestyle back in 1300 B.C.
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
Quandra Chaffers
Dec 24, 2008 Quandra Chaffers rated it liked it
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
Melissa Veras
May 29, 2015 Melissa Veras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#29: A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit.

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 cas
Dec 31, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
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 liked it
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
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Why have I waited so long to read this book? No need for a lengthy review. I don't have anything to say that isn't already said in the thousands of reviews this book has. I devoured this book in about 24 hours. It was addicting.
Sep 16, 2011 Cfleff rated it did not like it
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
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
Nov 15, 2007 Xarah rated it it was ok
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
Lindsey Lynn
Nov 13, 2016 Lindsey Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Borrowed this from my lovely friend Pam!

So this story follows Nefretiti and her family as she is wed to the Pharoah. With the looming threat of war just beyond the boarders and a leader who is going against everything the people of Egypt believe in makes it difficult to keep your family safe. Incredibly descriptive and beautifully laced with accurate historic facts. This book stands out in a crowd for sure. The only issue I had was getting use to the slow pacing of this book. It's historical fic
4.5 out of 5 stars

Nefertiti could be quite the drama queen, but I will say this:

She is the most bad-ass queen I've read about. The great Orange One would pee his pants if he ran into her, cause she'd make his life miserable.

Review coming soon!!!
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
Oct 06, 2009 AJ rated it it was ok
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
Apr 11, 2009 Maya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Sep 23, 2009 AnnaMay rated it did not like it
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
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
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
An enjoyable easy-to-listen-to historical fiction that unfolds through the eyes of Mutnodjmet about her half-sister Nefertiti in the first part of 1300 B.C. From an early age, Mutnodjmet knows that Nefertiti’s fate lies in marrying Akhenaten (later known as Amunhotep), the heir to Eqypt’s throne, and that her own destiny lies with being Nefertiti’s right-hand person, like it or not. Nefertiti is ambitious and calculating, while Mutnodjmet is conscience-driven, caring and longs for a quiet life, ...more
Kayla Edwards
Just finished this novel, again, for the fifth time. To this day I do not fully understand the spell that Michelle Moran has placed on me but I love her novels of ancient Egypt - this one best of all. She writes in such a way that - cliché as it sounds - breathes new life back into history. Her characters are so vibrant and real; I genuinely care about these people. Most of all, I love Mutnodjmet. After so many rereads, she has become a dear friend that I laugh and cry with every time. While I r ...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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