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Sphinx's Princess

(Sphinx's Princess #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,118 ratings  ·  321 reviews
Nefertiti was far more than just a pretty face.

Nefertiti may be the dutiful daughter of a commoner, but her inquisitive mind often gets her into situations that are far from ordinary, like receiving secret lessons from a scribe. And she’s the kind of girl who acts first, and apologizes later whenever she witnesses injustice or cruelty. But she is also extraordinarily bea
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Asteropê I have no idea. Asking on GR won't really give you an answer to this or why books aren't translated in Spanish (which I've seen you ask all over GRs).…moreI have no idea. Asking on GR won't really give you an answer to this or why books aren't translated in Spanish (which I've seen you ask all over GRs). GR is mostly for readers and while there are authors on here, it's not targeting who makes these decisions - the publishers. I suggest you actually contact the publisher directly for the book(s) you are curious about as only they can tell you what you want to know - whether a translation is coming or why they don't do them. Also, by contact the publisher directly, if enough people do this, they might see the market for these translations. As if it, publishers and the people that could make this happen or change things, won't see it as they're not looking at these GR book pages or lists.

This specific book is published by Random House. I went to their Contact Us page and noticed they have contact info for Argentina:

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While they probably don't have what you're looking for, by contacting the publisher directly you'll get a directly, accurate answer. Also, like I said, if enough people email or contract the publisher regarding the desire for these translations, they might realize there's a need and market for them and do something about it. Generally online petitions don't work, but perhaps it could be something to try - have an online petition listing all the books with a publisher that you'd want translated or make available in Argentina and send it to them - if there's enough people, they might pay attention. Just an idea!

This is just one publisher, there are countless others, but it would be easy to find their contact information - just Google them.

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Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Nora
Hmm.... not completely sure what to think. On one hand, it's an easy read and alot of fun... I loved the character development Nefertiti went through, Nava and Bit-Bit were adorable and her scribe friend was fun.

But I had issues with it as well, I never really felt anything for most of the other characters... It just felt like I was an observer watching them all instead of walking alongside them. The ones I was probably meant to hate I only felt annoyed by and I felt nothing when Nefertiti was
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult fans
I didn't hate this as much as I thought I would, but I didn't love it either. The story is slow to get started, and then quick to finish – I'm glad I can just segue into the next book, but others won't be as lucky.

One of the biggest problems I had with it is not Friesner's fault. Given my love of Ancient Egypt, given my own interest in the personalities of this time, seeing unsavoury characterisations of the historical figures I love is not fun. As such, the characterisation of Tiye as a desper
Jennifer Wardrip
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Nefertiti is not a princess but her father is the brother of the Royal Wife to the Pharaoh. When Queen Tiye hears about Nefertiti's beauty, she's determined to make her a Princess in order to marry her firstborn son. She orders Nefertiti's family to her side, where she manipulates the family into giving Nefertiti's hand in marriage.

There is a catch, of course. Nefertiti will not marry for three years, but in that time she must reside in the royal h
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I seem to be on a bit of an Egyptian historical fiction kick lately.
This book tackles Egyptian history and mythology in a different way than The Red Pyramid did. Sphinx’s Princess is not so much a story of adventure as a story of a commoner who becomes royalty. And it does this in such a nice “story-telling” fashion.
Nefertiti’s name means “the beautiful woman has come.” It was Nefertiti’s beauty that first brought her to fame. But there was so much more to her than just her looks. I liked that
More like 3.75. It took a while to get interesting, but I really liked Nefertiti's character development. Review to come.
Paige (Arya)
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner 5 of 5 stars.
Her face is a symbol of the glories of ancient Egypt.
Her life was a battlefield of the gods.
Her very name means, "The Beautiful Woman Has Come."
But Nefertiti was far more than just a pretty face...
Nefertiti is a dutiful, docile child, whose only interests, aside from the normal pursuits of a commoner's daughter, are music and dance. But an encounter with a scribe arouses her curious mind, and she cajoles him into secret lessons in the arts of rea
Lady Knight
I really loved Friesner's Nobody's Princess (which I really need to re-read now) and was really excited to get my hands on this retelling of Nefertiti's story. Initially I was really disappointed and really had to work to read this. About half way through though, the story really picks up I couldn't stop reading. The ending is fantastic! Sphinx's Princess tells the story behind one of Egypt's most famous, and mysterious, queens: Nefertiti. Little is actually known about Nefertiti before she asce ...more
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent dramatization of Nefertiti's early life, about which not much is known. It presents quite a different picture of her than Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. In this book we meet an intelligent, deeply loyal girl who is not afraid of many things but always fears for her family's well-being and safety. She also has a strong belief in doing what is right. When she is rescued by a slave girl and the girl is sentenced to death by her master because she disobeyed him, Nefertiti tries t ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
While reading this I thought I liked Michelle Moran's version of Egypt better, and I probably still do, but this book does deserve some credit:
1) It is very readable and easy to understand
2) There were many nicknames and I didn't have to learn how to pronounce some of those crazy names
3) Neferetiti is young in the beginning and she is still relatively young in the ending... I feel like I got more insight on her growing up.
4) The little bit of romance in this one is bittersweet. There is nothing
Natalie Hotz
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The sphinx princess was a very good book I thought. It is a historical fiction about the ancient queen of Egypt Nefertiti. I learned a lot by this book, and this book made me want to learn more about Egyptian culture.
It starts with a young Nefertiti in her village with her father. It goes through how her mother died and her care taker-- mery-- and her father are in love. She later through a series of events gets a place in the palace but she doesn't want to be there. Her aunt the queen informs
Jennifer Rummel
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
An enchanting beginning tale of the strong feisty character of Nefertiti. The cover intrigues me too and it looks very similar to the Nobody YA novels. This historical fiction makes me want to read a biography of Nefertiti to find out more info. A second book is in the works, which is great because this book ends on a cliff hanger.
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Very similar to Nobody's Princess. This is the story of Nefertiti, "the beautiful woman has come". Raised by her indulgent father, she questions the ways of the world. Why can she not learn how to read, learn magic, do the things that the Goddess Isis did? She lives her quietly rebellious life until the day her aunt calls her to Thebes and announces her plan to marry Nefertiti to her son Thutmose, to ensure his place as the next Pharoah of Egypt. Nefertiti stalls as much as she is able, and the ...more
This was a really good mix of history and mythology. It's very appropriate for all ages. Highly recommended!
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I've been wanting to read this one for years, and finally I get to! It's not that it was amazing. It was quite an ordinarily written story but it was interesting all the same! It fits well within the Young Adult genre and formula. The most interesting part is the conflict between Nefertiti and her aunt, Queen Tiye.
Back in March I first borrowed Sphinx's Princess but I wasn't able to get to it in time before it had to go back to the library. Story of my life...however last week I saw it while browsing the shelves at my local library branch and decided to give it another shot and am I ever so glad that I did.

Sphinx's Princess was an amazing young adult historical fiction novel written by the ever popular Esther M. Friesner. When I first started the book I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. Though
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[review written 2013]

mmkay i just finished sphinx’s princess. i read the first book of ester friesner’s series about helen of troy when i was like, 12 (and now i see that there are eight books about historical/mythical princesses wow cool). and from what i remember it was very similar

like, it started out with nefertiti as a child. (nefertiti is very cool.) and i liked it a lot, it was a good book. but it was very slow until the last few chapters until it picked up. nefertiti’s a good character.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
HEY MIZ FRIESNER Just ending the book is not an ending! How did she get this published with no ending (favors, nepotism?). I could never get my Eng Lit prof to accept a story with an "ending" like that. Making it a cliff hanger where you have to get the next book to finish the story is a cheap trick to make more money.

This book wasted a lot of time on Nefertiti's made up childhood. By the time it got to the palace, things were getting really good and I was excited about reading it (Finally)and
An Odd1
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
"Sphinx's Princess" #1 by Esther Friesner is Nefertiti, "the beautiful woman has come", narrates from pampered toddler, thru secret scribe lessons, to betrayal by her fiance heir cousin. The story strength is her name, a real ruler, well-done, maybe 4*, but no 5* thrill. Dreams and prayers have prominence without influence. "The truth holds the greatest magic, the greatest truth, and sometimes the greatest danger" p32 says her teacher. Egypt has many gods, greedy priests, conspiring courtiers. T ...more
Sep 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I was originally quite worried that this was a stand-alone novel, but luckily it's going to be followed up by at least one more, so I can forgive the ending. (Not that the ending was bad, but an epilogue would have been nice.) Overall, I liked it. The portrayal of Nefertiti as vaguely spoiled, was good. I'd like to see more of that. Also (and this isn't really a criticism of the book, just an observation in general), for once I'd like to read a historical fiction book with a plucky female protag ...more
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Nefertiti is a 21st century girl transplanted to ancient Egypt. No, this isn't a time-travel fantasy, it's bad writing. It takes over 300 pages for the plot to start going anywhere and as soon as things get interesting, the book ends. Anyone who isn't already knowledgeable about Nefertiti is going to have to go find a history book to get a satisfying conclusion.
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
i would have liked this a lot more if it had gone into when she was queen. i was looking forward to learning more of nefertiti - even if through historical fiction.
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner is an exciting tale of the beginning of Nefertiti's life in ancient Egypt. It begins at the young age of four until she was a fourteen-year-old girl.
Does Nefertiti bend to her aunt's will?
Nefertiti is a young girl that has had a full and loving life up to the point where her aunt, Queen Tiye, takes great interest. She has a family that she loves. Nefertiti doesn't know life away from them until her aunt has decided that Nefertiti has a more signi
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Synopsis of the story: Pretty much a story about how a common girl whom only wanted to learn how to read, write, and dance for the Gods. Ends up meeting her prince/cousin and wicked auntie and doesn't necessarily live happily ever after. At least in the first book, as there is a cliff hanger. All of which takes place in ancient Egyptian times(Or three key locations: Akhmin(home of Nefertiti and her father, step mother and younger sister and malicious priest that wanted Nefertiti as a wife for hi ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
The Princess series by Esther Friesner has interested me for awhile now, but I was a little bit scared to start reading it. I like historical fiction, but I prefer to read fiction set in time periods which interest me but I haven't extensively studied. Otherwise I can get too caught up in the details, hunting for historical inaccuracies, and lose sight of the story itself. With Sphinx's Princess, it helped that (to my knowledge--I'm not an Egyptologist), not many details are known about Nefertit ...more
Erin Howard
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Sphinx's Princess takes the reader on an epic journey through Egypt following the life and troubles of Nefertiti, one of Egypt's most recognized queens. From childhood to young adulthood, from the comforting home she's always known to the home of the Pharaoh and his royal brides and offspring, who rival the most vicious vipers at times. Friends and family, lies and love, Nefertiti will have to learn how to survive and tell fact from fiction.


When I picked up this book, I thought it was going to
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love stories about Ancient Egypt. At the age of seven, I gobbled up every book the local library afforded on Egyptian history. I became an expert on the Egyptian mummification process at ten years of age - that is still an accomplishment that I am especially proud of, though I confess that I am a tad bit rusty on the process now; it's been years since I have reviewed. When I went to the Field Museum in Chicago many years back, I only cared about the Egyptian display and practically ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: female teens
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Alexis Woody
This book is about a girl named Nefertiti in ancient Egypt, who's father is the brother of the Pharaoh's wife. The book takes you on her journey of becoming a princess, as the queen finds her beauty striking and wants her to marry her firstborn son. In order to do this she has to stay at the palace and wait three years, away from her family. She becomes lonely and because her soon to be husband isn’t very kind, she becomes friends with his brother, the other prince. This upsets the man she is to ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
Ancient Egypt has always been more fascinating to me than any other ancient culture. When I first heard about Friesner’s Sphinx’s Princess, I was elated. It has been a long while since I read a young adult novel set in that time period. Though Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter straddled the line between young adult and mainstream, it wasn’t truly Ancient Egypt, as it was set at the waning of the Empire and primarily focused on Ancient Rome.

Nefertiti, as Friesner explains in the Author’s Note
Julia B
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sphinx's Princess is about a girl living in ancient Egypt named Nefertiti, which literally means "the beautiful woman has come." She is young and beautiful, but also intelligent. The author of this book, Esther Friesner, has also written Nobody's Princess and its sequel, Nobody's Prize about Helen of Troy. She mixes fact and legend, wrapping them together. Although both the Nobody's Princess books and this one have a similar main character (smart, young, and incredibly beautiful) their premises ...more
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Esther M. Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A's in both Spanish and Drama. She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy and science fiction. She has published twenty-seven novels so far; her most recent titles in ...more

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