The Heretic Queen
The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynastys royal familywith the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girls deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I must confess, after the first few pages I wanted to put this book down and never pick it up again. I'm glad I didn't. I suppose it happened because at first I was under the impression this book is solely a romance, and the romance aspect of this book was the worst part of it. Nothing seemed natural, the chemistry between ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This didn't totally scratch the itch because it's more about Nefertari's quest to become Chief Wife. I really wish more time had been focused on her and Ramesses's relationship, especially the transformation from childhood friends to lovers. It came very close to just "oh look, she got hot." And at times ...more
First of all the book, much like it's counterpart Nefertiti, did not capture the essence of Ancient Egypt. Sure ...more
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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
When I first started this book, I initially thought Id 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 dont suppose we have very much to go on to know just how the ancient Egyptians spoke, and if we did have the information, it mightnt be the easiest to read (even old English is ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
THINGS THAT REALLY PISSED ME OFF :
1. If Nefer and Rameses (I'll never get the correct number of s) really had this 'beautiful understanding trusting' relationship, why does she hesitate to tell him the scandals going on in his own court ?? And why does she stop those who want to tell them to him instead, saying "He'll think I sent you out of jealousy." What ?
2. The protagonist somehow came across as PERFECT. No matter what happened, it was NEVER Nefer's ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
It's a tale of Nefertari and her quest to become Chief Wife to Ramsses the Great. With a little bit of war, some political intrigue, an interesting version of history and a lot of romance, the author has created a good story with a charming character.
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 (its not because of the genre; I try to rate a book depending on what kind of book it is- Im not comparing this to high literary fiction). The characters are one-dimensional and quite frankly boring. Even the main character Nefertari lacks a real ...more
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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.
A native of southern California, Michelle attended Pomona ...more