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Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
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Mar 15, 12

bookshelves: wishlist, zs-read-2012
Read from March 04 to 13, 2012

As a fiction novel, I found this to be an entertaining read. However, there were several times throughout the book where I found myself getting extremely annoyed at Nefertiti’s constant self-centered, ego-centric, bratty behavior and tantrums. I had to keep reminding myself that for most of the book, Nefertiti and Amunhotep were teenagers. I don’t know that I can believe that this has any ounce of truth in regards to her personality. Maybe the author was trying to build a connection with the reader by reflecting the modern teenager? In addition, I remember reading several times throughout the book how their family had members in the Royal household for generations. I would expect that Nefertiti and Mutnodjmet were groomed for their royal appointments but that doesn’t appear to be evident in how the author portrayed the characters.

I also got the impression that the author’s view of the art and architectural strides achieved by Nefertiti and Amunhotep were purely a means of being idolized and worshipped by their people as opposed to loving the art itself, which I find hard to believe as well.

It is a work of fiction and as such, the above issues are purely a personal response to the book. Fiction certainly allows for the author to portray her characters in any form that she thinks could have been. Since there is no actual proof, we’ll never truly know. I did find that I had a closer connection with Mutnodjmet. I hear that there is a sequel to this and will definitely read it. I am looking forward to reading more about Mutnodjmet and her family.
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