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Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

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Egypt, 1400s BC. The pharaoh’s pampered second daughter, lively, intelligent Hatshepsut, delights in racing her chariot through the marketplace and testing her archery skills in the Nile’s marshlands. But the death of her elder sister, Neferubity, in a gruesome accident arising from Hatshepsut’s games forces her to confront her guilt...and sets her on a profoundly changed ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by NAL
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C.W.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Novels set in ancient Egypt are rare, compared to other eras. Perhaps it's because of the daunting challenges presented by the research itself or the ultimately alien mindset of this incomparable civilization; what is certain is that the epoch boasts some of history's most iconic female rulers - Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Tye - and, in Stephanie Thornton's DAUGHTER OF THE GODS, the legendary pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

Born into the royal dynasty and destined to be the Great Royal Wife, bearer of the heir to
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Erin
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Hatshepsut. Daughter of Thutmose I, wife of Thutmose II, fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty, and the longest serving indigenous queen of Ancient Egypt. All things considered it's not hard to imagine what drew author Stephanie Thornton to this enigmatic ruler, nor what prompted her to fictionalize her story in Daughter of the Gods.

Now, I adored Thornton's The Secret History, but contrary to what you might think, that is
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Several friends' reviews have pointed out issues with character flaws that I can't ignore and actually have to agree with, particularly in the climax -- I don't like guessing the true villain while the characters run amok without any clue of who it is, especially when they've proven themselves to be quite intelligent up to that point of the book. So I'll give this a rounded-up 4.5 stars.

Beautifully written and the biggest thing, plausibly plotted. Aside from those minor
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I was just swept up by Stephanie Thornton's first novel, The Secret History , about Empress Theodora and as a result, was waiting impatiently for this book and her third novel (about the women in Genghis Khan's life!). Thornton has that wonderful knack for finding nearly forgotten women from history and giving their credulity-straining lives notice, dignity, and vibrancy.

In this book, she turns her attention to Hatshepsut, an Egyptian royal who ascended to Pharaoh, only to be almost completely
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Re-read
Setting:1400 BC Egypt

As the second daughter of the pharaoh, Hatshepsut has no responsibilities until her older sister dies in a horrific accident.
No longer now in obscurity, she ends up getting betrothed to her half brother Thut which ensures his claim to the kingdom.
Hatshepsut is to be the mother of the heir, but another of Thut's wives gives birth to a son.
When Thut dies, Hatsheput then becomes regent to her 2 year old nephew.
Now Hatshepsut must devote her life to the country, and al
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Jenny Q
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Last year I read and loved Stephanie Thornton's debut novel, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on her second novel, Daughter of the Gods, a novel about Egypt's first female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. One of only three surviving legitimate children of Pharaoh Tutmose, Hatshepsut is raised in a world of privilege and luxury, but it is also a dangerous world, where the whims of the capricious Egyptian gods decide the fate of the people and the success or ...more
Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
This fast-paced, entertaining read pulls the reader along from an action-packed beginning through some surprising twists and turns as the early life and some key middle bits of Hatshepsut's reign are explored.

I had a rough time with the author's first historical novel, finding the dialogue and some of the narration to be too anachronistic for my preferences...and I was happy to find that this was not the case with Daughter of the Gods. While the voice was light and very accessible, I never had a
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Tara Chevrestt
Too often, historical fiction novels about women who held a position of power focus on not what they did or accomplished for their kingdom/country, but who they slept with or how many lovers they had.

That's why I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Oh--Hatshepsut has a lover, of course, but while the romance is ongoing throughout the novel, the story also tells us about the things Hatshepsut did--went into battle against the Nubians, ordered executions, heard peasants' complaints, funded a th
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Reeda Booke
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading this author's debut novel last year, which I loved, I was really looking forward to this one as historical fiction based in ancient Egypt is one of my favorite genres.
It certainly did not disappoint! It was a completely believable and captivating tale of the female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. Extensive research and brilliant storytelling made this a complete joy to read and I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Hatshepsut's story.
Iset
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

I’m in two minds now that I come to write this review. I’ve been waiting a long time for an author who can write ancient Egypt fiction as well as Pauline Gedge’s platinum standard, and while some have come close, for me none have captured the ephemeral and fascinating ambience of ancient Egypt as well as Gedge. The signs looked promising with Stephanie Thornton’s new book. I picked it up after hearing all the buzz about it, and when I began reading I fell in love with Thornton’s descriptions. Sh
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Rhi
The Gloriana of the Ancient World, Hatshepsut is the kind of historical personality who demands stories to be written about her. Strong, bold, powerful, she was a breathing force of nature. A commander who oversaw the battlefield as her loyal warriors suppressed the foes of the Isis Throne. A savvy politician whose capable fingers plucked the strings of her court like a master musician plays a harp. An absolute ruler with a vision, with the determination to realize it. And at the same time a ten ...more
Sophia
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before I get into my review, I have to tattle on myself a little. Usually, I'm a blurb reader and that leads me to actually take up a book, but I was distracted, glanced at the cover- saw female ancient Egyptian and assumed. Yeah... I was prepared for Cleopatra and got a little surprise. Not Cleo, but Hatty. And this book suddenly became sooo much more interesting for me. Hatshepsut is one of my favorite historical figures. I was thrilled to death to read this one.

Alright, so this was Hatshepsut
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Minni Mouse
3.5 stars for a solid story, albeit a bit of a depressing one toward the end.

THE GOOD
1) Hatshepsut was an intriguing historical figure, and I applaud the author for filling in the blanks of what we imagine her story and personality to be like.

2) Never quite knowing who the antagonist was going to end up being.

THE BAD
Nothing, really. Similar to her other work, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora , the writing was a bit bland and detached, which saved it from bias but also prevente
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Denise
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars - "Egypt will prosper, but those closest to you shall find only anguish and ruin."

This fascinating historical fiction account of the life and reign of Hatshepsut circa 1400s Egypt is rich in detail and demonstrates the author's meticulous research into a woman who would be Pharaoh. Although liberties are certainly taken with descriptions of family strife and the romance between Hatshepsut and the commoner Senenmut, the tale is rife with interesting glimpses into the social cus
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Michelle (True Book Addict)
My fascination with ancient Egypt began when I was eleven years old. While browsing at the library one day, I came across some books on the discovery of and what was found in King Tut's tomb. I was hooked. My obsession continued into my high school years when I wrote my tenth grade term paper on ancient Egyptian burial customs (on which I received an A, I might add). However, despite my great interest in the culture and time period, I have not read many fiction books set in Ancient Egypt. I have ...more
Jane
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Story went like a whirlwind though Hatshepsut's life. I had wanted to read this after reading the author's novel on Theodora, and this one was no disappointment. It begins at the death of Hatshepsut's elder sister; Hatshepsut's loveless marriage with her brother; after his death, her regency of the young 'hawk in the nest' [crown prince]; successful coup de palais upon treachery of a former paramour-turned-statesman; and brilliant achievements as woman pharaoh. This was a good fictional summary ...more
Abby Jean
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
did you know that in ancient egypt if a woman wanted to rule, it was hard for her? that and other dazzling historical details available in this book.
Erin Al-Mehairi
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you put the words book and Ancient Egypt in the same sentence, then you have my undivided attention. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard last year that one of my favorite debut historical novelists and new writing friend, the awesome Stephanie Thornton, was writing a book on Hatshepsut, one of the most successful Pharoahs in Egyptian history! Always a huge interest of Stephanie’s since childhood, I knew if she wrote Daughter of the Gods as well as she wrote The Secret History ab ...more
Renae (Romantic Parvenu)
This is my second novel by Stephanie Thornton, and with it, she has rocketed her way to the very top of my shortlist of favorite historical fiction writers. Daughter of the Gods is well-written, well-researched, exciting, and fascinating—all things that I love to see in my historical fiction. The fact that Thornton focuses on Hatshepsut, one of the greatest pharaohs of the Ancient Egypt, and who happened to be a woman, just added to this book’s appeal.

I’ve had a major interest in Hatshepsut ever
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Colleen Turner
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for www.luxuryreading.com.

When I read Stephanie Thornton’s first novel, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora, I knew I had found one of those authors that would leave me always starving for their next book to come out. She created such a relatable, humanized figure in Theodora – a woman nearly lost to history who rose from the dregs of society to become one of the most powerful Empresses Rome would ever know – that I have been waiting with my fingers twitching to
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Kimberly
Last year I read Stephanie Thornton's debut novel The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora and it was so good that I read it in a single sitting so when my hold of this one came in I settled in for the long haul and polished it off in one sitting as well.

Hatshepsut's story was just as well written as Theodora's and made me appreciate the real gift I think that Stephanie Thornton has for bringing history's most powerful women back to life in the pages of her books.

I really loved her take
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Heather
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was quite excited to read this novel – I have always had a fascinating with Egypt, and especially the women pharaohs and queens. I also very much enjoyed reading The Secret History last year and had high expectations for the author’s treatment of Hatshepsut. I am pleased to say that this book met all my expectations and then some!

Hatshepsut was an interesting character to follow – she certainly wasn’t a woman like her other contemporaries. I feel like it wasn’t just characterization, but that
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The Lit Bitch
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This book was absolutely engrossing from the very beginning! I love how Thornton takes these women and elevates their story far above an average biography. While her novels are ‘fiction’ many of the events and people are real and did actually happen.

She makes a perfect story by blending real life and taking liberties with some portions of the story to make it fiction. It makes for entertaining and educational reading at the same time.

Hatshepsut’s story was moving and memorable. I didn
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Lucy
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it


Stephanie Thornton’s first book: The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora (my review for The Historical Novel Society HERE )- was an exceptional read- and my favourite of 2013- so naturally I could not wait to read her latest novel: DAUGHTER OF THE GODS. Just as enticing and forever marking as a read that is sure to become etched in your mind, DAUGHTER OF THE GODS delivers, history, suspense, detail, love- all in a gripping tale with a champion as the heroine.

And Hatsheput is truly a cham
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Donna
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can now say I've been to Ancient Egypt...well...sort of. I've visited through Stephanie Thornton's fabulous novel. I've seen Nubia through the eyes of Hatshepsut, I've seen the inside of the Hall of Women, I've travelled the Nile and visited the temples.

I could hear and see the sights and sounds of Egypt in the time of the pharaohs. This book is that good. Hatshepsut herself is an amazing character. She has an inner strength that will fascinate and leave the reader spellbound. I've always cons
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Kira
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing.

All hopes of having a productive weekend were gone the second I picked this book up on Saturday. I thought, "Oh, I'll just read for an hour or so". Twenty minutes in, I was hooked. Twelve hours later, my back hurt from sitting still for so long and reading this book. I blame my back pains on Stephanie Thornton and her intricate, well developed cast in this historical fiction book based on the life of a powerful woman in ancient Egypt.

I had never heard of most of the histori
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Michelle Leah Olson
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*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

The first word that comes to mind after reading Stephanie Thornton’s Daughter Of The Gods is "epic".

I was blown away by the power of this book. Not my normal reading genre, this telling of the life on one of Egypt’s lesser known pharaohs was compelling from start to finish.

Stephanie Thornton took known fact, supposition, and keen imagination to bring to life the world and times surrounding Ha
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Jennifer
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
An impressive novel that tells the tale of a largely forgotten Egyptian Queen. I found Hatshepsut to be a very well-written and intriguing character that was so vivid and vibrant that she easily jumped from the page and came to life. I knew nothing about Hatshepsut prior to this novel and now not only have I learnt a lot but I have also found myself with a new era of history to become absorbed in through research and further reading. Ms Thornton has definitely inspired this through her brilliant ...more
Suze
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, hard to put down. I do so love books about strong women in history, always wondering what they would be like in modern times.

Recommended!
Christine
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
As the second daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, Hatshepsut has the freedom to live life the way she wants it. Everything changes when her older sister Neferubity dies in a tragic accident. Now, Hatshepsut must do her duty for her country, marry her half-brother Thutmosis to become the Royal Wife. She goes through with the marriage, but refuses to live out the rest of her days in the Hall of Women. She gets involved in the ruling of Egypt as much as her husband will allow. Her intelligence, drive ...more
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“Years ago, Re had raged against humans for violating Ma’at, so he had sent Hathor to destroy mankind. She transformed into the lion goddess Sekhmet and Egypt’s fields ran red with the blood of her rampage. Seeing this, Re realized his mistake and ordered Sekhmet to stop, but she was too gone with bloodlust to listen. Knowing he had to halt her some other way, Re stained seven thousand jugs of beer with pomegranate juice and poured the red liquid into her path. Believing the beer to be blood, Sekhmet gorged herself and passed out in a drunken stupor. When she awoke, her bloodlust had passed and she returned to being Hathor. Thus the goddesses of love and violence shared a common history.” 2 likes
“faithful, resolute, alive, You and the Two Lands that has no enemies; This life is no more than a dream, so seize the day before it passes!” 1 likes
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