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Nefertiti: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Crown Publishing Group | May 27, 2008 | Trade Paperback |

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A National Bestseller!

"Meticulously researched and richly detailed . . . an engrossing tribute to one of the most powerful and alluring women in history."
-Boston Globe

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler's heretical desire to forsake Egypt's ancient gods.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people but fails to see that powerful priests are plotting against her husband's rule. The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, yet remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game; one that could cost her everything she holds dear.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 27, 2008

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307381749

ISBN - 13: 9780307381743

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Nefertiti: A Novel

Nefertiti: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 27, 2008

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307381749

ISBN - 13: 9780307381743

About the Book

Moran brings to life the dramatic story of Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.

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Chapter One 1351 BCE Peret, Season of Growing WHEN THE SUN set over Thebes, splaying its last rays over the limestone cliffs, we walked in a long procession across the sand. In the twisting line that threaded between the hills, the viziers of Upper and Lower Egypt came first, then the priests of Amun, followed by hundreds of mourners. The sand cooled rapidly in the shadows. I could feel the grains between the toes of my sandals, and when the wind blew under my thin linen robe, I shivered. I stepped out of line so I could see the sarcophagus, carried on a sledge by a team of oxen so the people of Egypt would know how wealthy and great our crown prince had been. Nefertiti would be jealous that she’d had to miss this. I will tell her all about it when I get home, I thought. If she is being nice to me. The bald-headed priests walked behind our family, for we were even more important than the representatives of the gods. The incense they swung from golden balls made me think of giant beetles, stinking up the air whichever way they went. When the funeral procession reached the mouth of the valley, the rattling of the sistrums stopped and the mourners went silent. On every cliff, families had gathered to see the prince, and now they looked down as the High Priest of Amun performed the Opening of the Mouth, to give Tuthmosis back his senses in the Afterlife. The priest was younger than the viziers of Egypt, but even so, men like my father stood back, deferring to his power when
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A National Bestseller!

"Meticulously researched and richly detailed . . . an engrossing tribute to one of the most powerful and alluring women in history."
-Boston Globe

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler's heretical desire to forsake Egypt's ancient gods.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people but fails to see that powerful priests are plotting against her husband's rule. The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, yet remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game; one that could cost her everything she holds dear.

From the Jacket

"A stunning debut-I can't believe it's her first novel-what a thrilling read! I found the whole book rich and compelling, exciting and haunting. Nefertiti is a fine creation, both appealing and frightening, and she's surrounded by a thoroughly satisfying cast of characters, too. The whole world of Anceient Egypt comes to life."
- Rosalind Miles, bestselling author of I, Elizabeth

"There haven't been two more fascinating or outrageous siblings since the Boleyn sisters...Nefertiti is obsessive reading."
- Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

"An engrossing page-turner, Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life as two royal sisters struggle to find fulfillment and happiness- one craving ultimate political power, the other desiring only to follow her heart. A strong debut novel of passion and intrigue, Nefertiti kept me up way too late!"
- India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter

"A provocative portrait of limitless power in an ancient land of limitless fascination."
- Ki Longfellow, author of The Secret Magdalene

"Nefertiti is a fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable!"
-Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Breath of Snow and Ashes

"Though sometimes big events are telegraphed, Moran, who lives in California and is making her U.S. debut, gets the details just right, and there are still plenty of surprises in an epic that brings an ancient world to life."
- Publishers Weekly

"Beautifully written and completely engrossing, this first novel should enjoy wide readership."
- Library Journal

"A wonderful, beautifully written, and well researched novel, Nefertiti is a page-turner filled with amazing visuals of a dazzling historical period."
-Jani Brooks - Romance Reviews Today


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MICHELLE MORAN lives in California with her husband and a garden of more than two hundred kinds of roses. Visit her at www.MichelleMoran.com.

Editorial Reviews

"A stunning debut-I can''t believe it''s her first novel-what a thrilling read! I found the whole book rich and compelling, exciting and haunting. Nefertiti is a fine creation, both appealing and frightening, and she''s surrounded by a thoroughly satisfying cast of characters, too. The whole world of Anceient Egypt comes to life." - Rosalind Miles, bestselling author of I, Elizabeth "There haven''t been two more fascinating or outrageous siblings since the Boleyn sisters... Nefertiti is obsessive reading." - Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn "An engrossing page-turner, Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life as two royal sisters struggle to find fulfillment and happiness- one craving ultimate political power, the other desiring only to follow her heart. A strong debut novel of passion and intrigue, Nefertiti kept me up way too late!" - India Edghill, author of Wisdom''s Daughter "A provocative portrait of limitless power in an ancient land of limitless fascination." - Ki Longfellow, author of The Secret Magdalene “ Nefertiti is a fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable!” –Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Breath of Snow and Ashes "Though sometimes big events are telegraphed, Moran, who lives in California and is making her U.S. debut, gets the details just right, and there are still plenty of surprises in an epic
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