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The Heretic Queen

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Nefertiti's niece follows in her aunt's footsteps as she marries Ramesses II, fighting rivals and becoming one of very few royal wives to be deified in her lifetime.
Paperback, 383 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Quercus (first published August 7th 2008)
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Anne This is about Nefertari, the niece of Nefertiti who is beseiged by the actions of her aunt, the heretic queen. Nefertiti's reputation is a major…moreThis is about Nefertari, the niece of Nefertiti who is beseiged by the actions of her aunt, the heretic queen. Nefertiti's reputation is a major challenge for her descendants who are labeled heretics through no fault of their own.(less)

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Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All but especially lovers of Egyptian history
Loved it, loved it, loved it. I don't normally gush about a novel but I enjoyed this even more than 'Nefertiti' & I really didn't want it to end. It was a vivid, captivating page-turner and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the Ancient Egyptian world.
I have been interested in Ancient Egypt since my own school years then helping my sons with assignments on Ancient Egypt; the pharoahs, the Gods, their customs and burial practices, I have always found their highly advanced civilisation fa
Moran also wrote Nefertiti and Cleopatra's Daughter, but I only read this one. Set in ancient Egypt, The Heretic Queen is an odd mixture, because it felt sometimes exactly like a romance (and a sexy one) and other times like a historical narrative (with some liberally embellished and possibly fabricated history). For romance readers, it might be a nice cross-genre piece, since it bridges both worlds. For those who like more history, and only the straight dope, this will disappoint.

Setting: Anci
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in ancient history
Recommended to Annie by: Everyone on my blog!
Shelves: read-in-2008
Soak it up - this is entertainment at its best! Michelle Moran's second novel is an enthralling read that will have you frantically turning pages, completely absorbed in the world she has created for you.

Moran's Egypt is a backdrop for all the guilty pleasure plot points you know you love - sex, power, violence and true love. And her cast of characters are fabulously self-serving and deceitful in a way that makes you keep reading just to find out what they will do to each other next. Some are mo
Feb 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Children Aged 8 - 12
Recommended to Iset by: No one

There are plenty of issues to raise here, a few good but also plenty of bad. The coherence of the plot is noticeably better than in Moran's first effort, "Nefertiti", which felt like a force of nature carried the helpless characters along a raging torrent without rhyme or reason to the conclusion of the novel. This book at least has an objective in mind, and the plot revolves around whether or not Nefertari will succeed or fail in achieving this objective - becoming Chief Wife and exposing the p
Colleen Martin
Oct 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful, awful, awful. This ranks way up on my list of Worst Books Ever Written. The author didn't know if she was supposed to be writing historical fiction, soft-core (and very unerotic) porn, or chick lit (with all the name-calling and backstabbing and gossiping). There wasn't a single sympathetic character in the bunch, and I especially hated her depiction of Ramesses. Here's a guy who's supposedly head-over-heels in love with Nefertari and he can clearly see what an amazing diplomat she is, an ...more

“This is how memories are; what seems so clear and unforgettable at one moment vanishes like steam the next.”

Princess Nefetari( Nefer) is the last descendent of the Heretic monachars of Egypt, the infamous Neferitit and her husband Akhenaten. Their reign was one of fear and madness and as a result the people of Egypt still hate and fear anything to do with them. Their memories have been erased and their names are never mentioned. Their only living remnant is Nefertari. Nefer's life is plague
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I love historical fiction, especially reading about women rulers. Though I am mostly addicted to reading about the Tudors, I wanted to read something different.
The Heretic Queen is the first Michelle Moran novel I read. Looking at her other books, Michelle seems to have a penchant for Egyptian women rulers.
The Heretic Queen focuses on one of the lesser known queens of Egypt, Nefertari, who was Queen Nefertiti's niece . She is called "The Heretic Queen" since Nefertiti had abandoned the Gods Egyp
I was not very impressed with Nefertiti and the follow-up book The Heretic Queen disappointed me even more. While the first half of Nefertiti was largely disappointing, The Heretic Queen suffered from it from start to finish. This novel suffered terribly from first-person point of view. Nefertiti was also first-person but it was Nefertiti's sister, which gave some much-needed distance.

First of all the book, much like it's counterpart Nefertiti, did not capture the essence of Ancient Egypt. Sure
Rebecca Huston
Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one!
I had thought Nefertiti was bad. I didn't think that it couldn't get worse. It did. This fluffy, stupid, tale of Rameses II's great love, Nefertari, is reduced into a tawdry romance full of plotting priests, high-heeled sandals, tolling bells, never ending meals of pomegranate sauced ducks, and other improbabilities. Nefertari is supposedly the niece of Queen Nefertiti, and goes through the novel fearing that someone is gonna find out. Right. And she wants to find out the truth of her 'murdered' ...more
Margaret Chind
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Margaret by: Michelle Moran

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Oh, what a novel! I wish it had not come to an end. Every time I picked up the book to settle in for a read, I was swept into the world of Egypt with Pharaoh's and Warrior Queen's. I was impressed by Nefertiti, Michelle Moran's debut, but The Heretic Queen surpasses my admiration by far.

Our story is told from a first person perspective straight fr

Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Si hay algo que me salió completamente por casualidad fue leer este libro después de Nefertiti. No son una serie/saga, aunque bien podrían serlo. En este libro la protagonista y narradora es la hija de Mutni, la narradora de Nefertiti.
En La reina hereje nos enteramos de algo que le ocurrió a Mutni que hizo que realmente agradezca haberlos leído en este orden. Y por cierto, necesito comentarlo para poder hablar de la historia, así que si tienen planeado leer Nefertiti ¡paren de leer!

Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some would call the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti visionaries. They ended the polytheistic religion of Egypt and destroyed the greedy and corrupt temples of Amun. They instituted a revolutionary monotheistic system, worshipping one God, the Aten. Unfortunately, thousands of years of religious belief could not be erased so easily. Their reign ended in disaster and the old religious order was restored, ending a line of kings stretching back over a hundred years.

Michelle Moran starts th
Sep 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing. One of the things I enjoy most about reading historical fiction is being immersed in worlds of the past. Moran fails completely at this, she was never able to bring Ancient Egypt alive.

After thinking on this for a little bit, I think was really bothered me was the theme of the book - you are never good enough for the man you love, you have to change into something you aren't. The main character starts out beautiful, smart, speaks 6 or 7 languages, and is best friends with the
3.5 stars
When I first started this book, I initially thought I’d already read a bit too much about Ancient Egypt, having just finished The Visitors, but I think this was just a slow start. Once I got into it, I quite enjoyed it. I did feel that at times it seemed a bit too contemporary in the way people spoke, and while I don’t suppose we have very much to go on to know just how the ancient Egyptians spoke, and if we did have the information, it mightn’t be the easiest to read (even old English
Apr 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I just wasn't that impressed. Nefer wasn't a strong female to me and their "romance" was incredibly unrealistic to me. Character development was really lacking and I didn't like any of her characters. I doubt I'll read anything else by this author.

Following on from my re-reading of Moran's Nefertiti , I also re-read the sequel, The Heretic Queen, and this is my revised rating from three to two stars.

In this book, Moran gives us the love story of Nefertari and Ramesses, weaving into it opposition on the basis that Nefertari (fictionally) was the niece of Nefertiti, and the competition between Nefertari and Ramesses' other wife, Istnofret (dubbed "Iset" in the book), in the race to become queen.

I enjoy this book more, partly because Moran
As the niece of the former Heretic Queen, Nefertari is hated by all of Egypt apart from a few allies, but they are powerful allies that include the Pharaoh, the High Priestess, and the Crown Prince, Ramesses the Great. Nerfertari has to prove that she is a valuable queen for him after spending a whole year being groomed for the position of Chief Wife.

Moran always knows how to craft an enjoyable story and this one is no exception. However, I did have some criticisms. The characters were a little
Amy Bruno
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I was a little girl I have had a fascination with Egypt. My mom would buy me books with pictures of Egypt; the pyramids and artifacts and I would just eat it up! I'm not sure what's behind all the fascination, but I like to think that maybe I was there in another life.

Michelle Moran brings me back home in The Heretic Queen. It is a tale of Nefertari, who was hailed as the Warrior Queen by the people in Egypt and was known for her knowledge of 8 languages. Nefertari was the Chief Wife
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A vast improvement over the author's earlier Egyptian historical fiction novel, Nefertiti. I admit that I had low expectations for this going in, but the plot, the character's struggles (especially Nefertari's for identity and recognition, as opposed to her "aunt"'s for just power/a man) were handled much more maturely and wholly.

This foray into the fascinating world of Egypt's past has a lot more to recommend it than Nefertiti. The characters are more accessible and rounded; the similarities (b
Carol Hubbard
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I hadn't come to the end of the book, as I had become part of the story. And
I have now read this book three times.
Kayla Edwards
Yep, still just as much in love with this book as I was the last time I read it. This is one of my repeat reads - I just keep coming back to it! A wonderfully woven tale of historical fiction about Egyptian princess Nefertari. A must read!
Oct 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am crazy for anything Egypt and this book did not let me down. I've read Michelle's previous novel, Nefertiti, and this was just as good. More to come....I am at work right now ;)
Nina Life of a Bookworm
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Miss Ivashkov
Još jedna odlična knjiga Michelle Moran!!! Heretička kraljica je ispunila svako moje očekivanje! Nalazi se rame uz rame s Nefertiti! Svakako preporučam!
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 Stars
Mean Girls in ancient Egypt.
I came to this book expecting a historical romance; a guilty pleasure read that I was excited for. Unfortunately, it was unable to deliver a satisfying romance, which is the reason my star rating is so low (it’s not because of the genre; I try to rate a book depending on what kind of book it is- I’m not comparing this to high literary fiction). The characters are one-dimensional and quite frankly boring. Even the main character Nefertari lacks a real persona
Ariana Fae
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The HERETIC QUEEN at its heart is a love story told from the view point of Nefertari. It is also a tale about two queens vying of the heart of Pharaoh Ramesses and who will be his ruling queen.

Michelle Moran does a wonderful job of transporting the reader to the intricacies of ancient Egypt, with its court politics, palaces, and the way royalty lived. I did find it slow in the beginning but it still held my interest enough to keep reading on. Nefertari is a sympathetic character who was smart, d
G. Lawrence
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous read. My only criticism is the end of Moran's books tend to feel a bit rushed. Still brilliant, evocative writing.
Minni Mouse
Granted, this might just be a "sign of those times" but the reason why I struggled with this book so much -- despite the writing and storytelling being a vast improvement from Hope of the Pharoah -- was because I didn't like the idea of this guy having a whole harem of women...and Nefertari has to fight her way into the #1 Wife spot.

Ironic coming from me since I love stories about courtesans and arranged marriages (like recent reads such as The Hundredth Queen or Bride to the Sun) but this
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heretic Queen is another great novel by Michelle Moran-definitely historical fiction at its best! Again, we visit Ancient Egypt and are taken back to this distant land in the past in a wonderful way. I first read Nefertiti, Michelle's first book and although it's not necessary; The Heretic Queen does stand alone quite nicely, I am glad I did. I had some of the background and history and I found it enriched The Heretic Queen even more for me.

This time we are introduced to Nefertari who is act
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, historical
I really wanted to like this book more than Nefertiti, and when I first started reading it, I thought I might.

Unfortunately, the book devolves pretty quickly into harem intrigue and cat fighting. For historical personages that are supposed to be so smart and accomplished, there was a whole lot of stupidity in this book.

The book is centered around Nefertari, in this book, the niece of the heretic pharoah-queen Nefertiti. Two sisters, who are high priestesses for different temples (and sisters to
ZaraS ~ reader/reviewer
WOW!! What another awesome book. This book only took me 4 days to read. I had to carry it with me everywhere and read it at every opportunity I could. I couldn't just stop at the end of a chapter I had to find out what was going to happen next as if my life depended on it!!

This story was about the niece of Neferteti, Nefertari. To begin with I didn't even know Neferteti had a niece much less what her name was. The book talks about the journey that Nefertari had to take to become Ramesses The Gre
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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.

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