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Sphinx's Queen

(Sphinx's Princess #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,367 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Ancient Egypt springs to life in this enthralling sequel to Sphinx’s Princess. As she did in Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize, author Esther Friesner offers readers a fresh look at an iconic figure, blending historical fiction and mythology in a heady concoction.

Hunted . . . Overnight, every aspect of Nefertiti’s life has changed. She is no longer living at the royal p
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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This book just annoyed me, a lot, and I resorted to skimming in order to finish the book without throwing my iPod through the wall.

The modern language continued to grate, but at least there wasn't another "fur-covered cheese ball" moment. The plot is more fast moving, but there are subplots that feel like they've been thrown in to pad the story out.

The "Nefertiti is not just a pretty face" angle is drummed into us so much that she comes off as a Mary Sue. The other "good guys" are flat and blan
Victoria Shuler
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit, I was slightly wary of this book in the beginning. I don't tend to read many of the books aimed at girls my age because, despite a seemingly intriguing plotline, they usually degenerate into sappy romances, which I deplore. This, however, was different. It was a romance, yes, but it was about so much more than that! It was about Nefertiti and her growth from a girl running away from her life to a woman strong enough to stand her ground and face it.
One of the best aspects of this b
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sphinx's Queen is the continuation of the book Sphinx's Princess. Sphinx's Princess is about a girl named Nefertiti. She was supposed to be the bride of the next pharoah, Thutmose, but Thutmose wanted to take revenge on Nefertiti because Thutmose thought that Nefertiti liked his younger brother. Also, their wedding was postponed for three years due to the fact that Nefertiti's too young so Thutmose's spot as pharaoh is not secure. Now, Nefertiti must pay for a crime she did not commit, but befo ...more
In some ways an improvement over Sphinx's Princess if only because there's a very limited number of characters for almost half of the book. However, the ending felt forced, overly simplistic and unconvincing. (Several characters undergo dramatic changes without any compelling narrative reason.) And after pretty much running minute-by-minute the plot starts jumping time by days/weeks/years in the last fifth or so of the book.

I guess I'm glad I finished Sphinx's Queen, but it feels more like a com
Russell Hall
Nefertiti can be as tantalizing and mysterious as the Mona Lisa, and like her European Cousin, the real Nefertiti is still smiling and holding on to her secrets. Esther Friesner imagines what the young Nefertiti may have been like in this novel. Although a bit unrealistic, it still provides a good trip of imagination into what this imposing personality may have actually been like as a child and young woman.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Sphinx's Princess I was very pleased to read this book. The first book was very good, but this one was even better. The story held my attention and I could hardly put it down. I would definitely recommend reading this if you are interested in Ancient Egypt. In addition to being a great story this book also provides a lot of interesting information about life in Ancient Egypt.
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
Esther Frienser doesn't fail too disappoint. She weaves the final book in this series masterfully and creates characters that readers fall in love with.

This finale to the series was definitely a triumph.

A great read for anybody who likes historical fiction.
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutley awesome!!! the ending is a bit sad, but happy at the same time, which i think is how all books shoudl end-- et just makes them so more likable!!

May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It makes me want to learn more about Nefertiti. It was very entertaining. It was also emotional.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**plot spoilers**
This book was very juvenile, definitely for a younger audience than me. The way they talked was childish and exhausting to read. Everyone used way too much emotion when speaking; words were italicized and emphasized that didn’t need to be, and there were exclamation points at the end of nearly every sentence.
Now see what you’ve done to me, Nefertiti! If you had been a normal girl, you would have jumped at the chance to marry me, not delay and delay and delay. You made me wait--
I am so glad that I finally gave this series a try. Back in December I finally got around to reading and reviewing the first novel and this one turned out to be my second read of 2013 and it really kicked off the year for me.

This book continues exactly where the first book Sphinx's Princess left off, and I mean exactly, the two novels flowed seamlessly from the first book to the second which I really appreciated because it sucks to have to pick a story back up again when the author has lost the
Lisa Ottone
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frivolous but important details first: The cover. I love Nefertiti's dress and jewelry. She looks stunning...except what happened to her left arm? Just sayin' that kinda gives me a weird impression about the book.

But on to the book! Yes, I really liked this one. It was a wonderful follow-up to Sphinx's Princess, which was a great story but lacked drama and action. Sphinx's Queen makes up for the first book's shortfall as Nefertiti guides the reader on an adventure through the treacherous Nile an
Julia Y
I read this a few weeks after reading the first book in this 2-book series. (You can see my review of the first book, The Sphinx's Princess right HERE. Unfortunately, I didn't like this book nearly as much as the first.

This book picks up where The Sphinx's Princess left off. Nefertiti has escaped Thutmose with Amenophis and Nava and is traveling along the Nile. Throughout the first half of the book they travel from place to place, receiving help and helping others. They run into Thutmose. They
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have read my review for Sphinx's Princess - this book's prequel - then you know that I enjoyed it, and looked forward to a similar experience while reading it's sequel - Sphinx's Queen. For the most part, I was not disappointed. The characters - Nefertiti especially - are vibrant and full of life. Some of the dialogue was too modern for my taste - especially for an Egyptian-based story -, but it didn't detract from the story too much.

However, while the majority of Sphinx's Queen is every
Nefertiti is on the run for her life in this thrilling sequel to Esther Friesner's "Sphinx's Princess".

Nefertiti, "The Beautiful Woman has Come", was supposed to marry her cousin, the Crown Prince Thutmose. But after he proves to be too manipulative and spiteful, and after being convicted for a crime she didn't commit, Nefertiti is running to see the pharaoh himself to profess her innocence. But danger awaits her at every turn in the king's city, and even more so outside it. All she has for comp
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nefertiti is on the run for a crime she did not commit, convicted by Egypt’s crown prince, the very man she was intended to marry. Her only help is a young ex-slave girl and the crown prince’s brother; her only hope is to reach the Pharaoh first, to explain her case. Time is short, and there is nowhere to hide, not if Nefertiti is to fight for both justice and love. But the crown prince and his mother always seem to be one step ahead of her. Can Nefertiti uncover the corruptions of ancient Egypt ...more
Heidi S.
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Why, oh why, can't we have more female protaganists like Nefertiti in YA lit? Too often I find myself thinking, "It's not IMPOSSIBLE for a girl to be in love and STILL be strong-willed and independent. So why do YA authors have such a hard time creating characters like that?" And then, like a ray of sunshine, Friesner comes along and makes such a challenge seem like a cakewalk.

Nefertiti is a kick-ass, honest, fearless girl with a heart of gold. Here's a girl who says to her man, "Yeah, I love yo
- ̗̀  jess  ̖́-
[review written 2013]

actually i liked this book a lot better than sphinx’s princess. there was more suspense in it, and the plot moved quickly enough for me to keep interested and this time i actually cared about the romance subplot between nefertiti and amenophis.

it was good, but it wasn’t great. one thing i both loved and hated was the face heel turn (i am using tv tropes to describe things again) by thutmose and later, queen tiye. on one hand, i was rooting constantly for them to realize tha
Lady Knight
Once again Friesner does a fantastic job of taking a historical personage and breathing enough life into them to interest the average teen! Sphinx's Queen was just as well done as it's prequel, Sphinx's Princess, and the Helen of Troy books (Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize). For the astute (a.k.a. those who know the history surrounding the Armarna period of Eygptian history) reader Friesner has also left all the clues to what likely happens after this novel ends.

I also have to commend the
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up (7th grade+)

Sphinx's Queen was an amazing sequel to Sphinx's Princess. The fast-paced book enthralled me and had me reading under my desk in class. (shhhh!)


A new plot has risen.

Nefertiti has found out that her aunt wishes her to marry Thutmose, the Pharaoh's son. Thutmose's first impression on Nefertiti is bad and Nefertiti now realizes
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to "Sphinx's Princess", this wonderfully thirst-quenching continuation of the valiant Nefertiti's adventures charges on. With an ending that invoked my tears, this book made me feel as a close friend of Nefertiti's. By the conclusion of her wonderfully refreshing, yet also painfully heart-wrenching tale, one would feel the huge longing to always hold this inspiring, young female protagonist at heart.

Through Friesnar's expert story-telling, Nefertiti guides us bravely through unbeliev
Jennifer Wardrip
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Nefertiti and Amenophis are on the run. They're desperately trying to escape from Prince Thutmose. Together with an ex-slave, they're floating down the river in an attempt to reach the Pharaoh.

They must reach the Pharaoh in order to clear Nefertiti 's name. After much hardship and a little luck, they reach his side, only to discover that Prince Thutmose has beaten them there. Now, Nefertiti must stand before the Pharaoh and clear herself from the f
Sarah Bruno
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people say that the second book to sequels never turn out as good as the first book, but if you read Sphinx's Queen you would know that that isn't true. Sphinx’s Queen is a great book that is about how Nefertiti became the queen of Egypt. It is filled with romance, suspense, and anger that helps unravel this immense plot. You think forgiving someone who tried to kill you is tough, then try to forgive someone who killed you and your family. Nefertiti is a beautiful yet powerful woman who doe ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This second book was better than the first in some ways, but worse in others, I enjoyed the story and it moved along at a pretty good pace. It did have a few side stories to it that didn't seem to really help along the plot, but were kind of fun and interesting anyways.


The main problem I had with this book was the miraculous recovery that the two main villains in this book had. The author spent the first 75% of the book making you believe in how horrible the villain is, showing ove
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conclusion to a sweet story about one of my favorite historical people. I don't think it's a spoiler to know which prince Nefertiti ends up with. It's something every young person should know from history (but probably doesn't). One thing I really appreciated about this fictionalized account is the writers idea of how the future Pharaoh Akhenaten would develop the concept of a monotheistic religion in a polytheistic world. The presence of a young hebrew slave was very interesting. I liked the po ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sphinx's Queen follows Nefertiti back from hiding to confront her accusers and her harridan of an aunt in the hopes of clearing her name and winning control of her future. It had a lot less action than the previous book, and a lot more introspection and emotional work. Yes, dealing day after day with people who don't like you takes work, and I appreciate that Friesner took the time to explain it in very obvious language within her storytelling. No, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first o ...more
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One word: Ireaditinaday! This sequel was so good and I was so sad when I finished it since it’s the last book for the Egyptian theme books. As I said in the first books review, Friesner sure did her research. I did a report on Egypt that took a whole year to finish and spent hours on researching for it and I still learned new things.
SPOILER AHEAD! Her characters were awesome sauce and they all developed through the series. I was actually kind of sad when one of the characters, well, died. SPOIL
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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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