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Sphinx's Princess by Esther M. Friesner
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Jan 04, 11

bookshelves: teen-historical-fiction, teen-girl, tween-girl, tween, tween-historical-fiction
Read in January, 2011

Prolific author Esther Friesner puts forth an enticing tale staring famed beauty Nefertiti in her perilous ascension to royalty. Nefertiti's early years are filled with family, forbidden writing lessons, andFans of popular chic-politic series like Clique, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, will find parallels here and better writing. Though not a big fan of historical fiction generally, I'm a sucker for all things ancient Egyptian culture and mythology, and Friesner reveals details of both without feeling overly forced and didactic.
Prolific author Esther Friesner puts forth an enticing tale staring famed beauty Nefertiti in her perilous ascension to royalty. Nefertiti's early years are filled with family, forbidden reading and writing lessons, joyous dancing, and mythical musings in her upper-class home. Things begin to change when her beauty and quick thinking attract the notice of powerful priests and royalty, and Nefertiti must quickly learn to navigate court life, politics and courtships that are political land mines.
Tension builds through final chapters, and readers will be tempted to research Nefertiti's fate to quell their fears, though the already published sequel Sphinx's Queen should lend some comfort that Nefertiti will return. Friesner addresses issues of slavery and religious heresy gently but realistically. Parents of mature younger readers shouldn't find too much objectionable here, but typically this will probably appeal to ages 12 and up.
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