REVIEW The Heretic Queen: Michelle Moran


This is the first book I have won in a giveaway since I started blogging, and a really good read. I really should read more historical fiction, it’s a great genre.

Nefertari is the niece of the reviled Queen Nefertiti, who is brought to live in Pharaoh Seti’s palace after the death of her entire family. Ignored by the royalty, Nefertari is taken in by the Pharaoh’s sister Woserit and trained to be queen. She and her childhood friend and future Pharaoh Ramesses, fall in love, but many challenges face their union. Nefertari has to contend with jealous courtiers, conniving relatives and hostile population who consider her a heretic.

My love is unique--no one can rival her, for she is the most beautiful woman alive. Just by passing, she has stolen away my heart.

I really enjoyed reading The Heretic Queen. Egyptian history has always fascinated me, and this book paints a rich tapestry of life as it was in Ancient Egypt. Moran stays close to history as she depicts the court of Ramesses the Great, with its undercurrents of jealousy and secrets. Palace intrigue forms a major part of the book, as Nefertari picks her way through the landmines that surround her to win the position of Chief Wife of Ramesses and Queen of Egypt. Nefertari is a likeable character, and you cheer for her throughout. Her love story with Ramesses is eternal, one which still stands strong in the pyramids he built for her. Moran’s writing is simple, and her plotting straightforward without seeming predictable. I’d recommend this book to people like me, just starting out with historical fiction, as well as hardcore fans.

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9 Responses
  1. Aarti Says:

    I have heard nothing but good about Moran! She seems to have a great grasp of Egyptian history, which is amazing :-)

  2. Aarti Says:

    PS- very difficult to comment on your blog with this new layout! Just an FYI- the comment box seems to get lost.

  3. Anna Says:

    I loved this book! If you haven't read Nefertiti or Cleopatra's Daughter yet, I highly recommend them. Moran's now one of my favorite authors!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  4. Kristen Says:

    This sounds intriguing. We went to Egpyt and it was amazing so I'd like to go back and visit through books now too. :-)

  5. jennysbooks Says:

    I really need to try one of Moran's books! Nearly all the reviews I've seen have been positive, and I haven't read a book set in ancient Egypt in ages and ages.

  6. Amy Says:

    I've read all 3 of her books and loved them. She's a great writer and I can't wait for her next book.

  7. Teddyree Says:

    I've also read and loved all 3 of Michelle's books but Cleopatra's Daughter is my fave, beautifully written and wonderfully detailed. You should try it!

  8. Congrats on your win -- glad you enjoyed it. I've heard nothing but praise for Michelle Moran's books!

  9. Ivana Says:

    I've only read Moran's Cleopatra's Daughter, and it was amazing. I'm definitely going to read this one as well. I loved the quote.

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