The Heretic Queen: A Novel

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The Heretic Queen: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Crown Publishing Group | September 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Heretic Queen: A Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family–with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

"Nefertari tells her story simply, humbly, and in a clear voice that will attract readers."–Romantic Times

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8 × 5.15 × 0.83 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307381765

ISBN - 13: 9780307381767

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Journey “The Heretic Queen” covers a period several years after the timeline of previous novel “Nefertiti” Once more, the author is taking us into a fulfilling journey through time with her simple and beautiful prose. This historical fiction recounts the life of young Nefertari, niece of Nefertiti, from her orphan years in the court of Seti 1 through the days after her coronation as Queen of Egypt. It is clear from the start that the story although based on facts is highly romanticised for appeal. The author has let her imagination fill the gaps in history with creative speculation to grasp the reader’s attention and plunge him into the Ancient Egyptian world of Ramesses the Great with all its splendour and tribulation. Through the ups and downs of life, Nefertari narrates how although a Princess she is first treated like an outcast but her love for Ramesses since childhood and her determination to succeed will be her triumph. By 15, fluent in 5 languages and highly educated, this young woman not only wins the heart of a future Pharaoh but also of a nation, her skills and wits made her a successful Queen admired and respected by her followers. This novel is a heart-warming love story and a delight to read.
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing http://bookwormchronicles14.blogspot.com/2011/08/heretic-queen-michelle-moran.html
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful, sweeping epic novel based on real events! The Heretic Queen is an enjoyable novel, peopled with colourful, multi-facted interesting characters. It also doubles as somewhat of a history lesson, as although it is a novel, the main characters are actual historical people who lived and ruled in Egypt in the period. The title character, Nefertari, is a feisty, clever, likeable character, who learns at a very young age how to successfully navigate the intrigues of palace life. The plot is interesting, and well paced. The ebs and flows of the story are natural and comfortable, helping to build the excitement of battles, murders, love affairs and politics as Nefer and the large cast of supporting characters carry on their various plans and schemes. Although I am not familiar with this period in history or most of the characters, I very much enjoyed the story and the development of the characters. I also enjoyed the sense of place and time the author created throughout the book, right from the first page with descriptions of palaces, and temples, battlefields and tombs. I could almost smell the incense in the temples, the blood at the battles, and the food at the feasts from the colourful, detailed and layered descriptions of not just the story and characters, but of every room, every flower, what type of perfume someone wore, or what incense was burned. The author also gives plenty of background to allow the reader to understand WHY characters do what they do. Understanding how a character thinks, and what motivates them makes the reader feel as though she is right there in the palace with the characters, experiencing the story first hand. I enjoyed the Heretic Queen very much, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, particularly about Egypt.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! 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 actually Nefertiti's neice and she takes us through this novel. She is Mutny's daughter and as her mother was my favorite character in Nefertiti, her daughter is in this novel. Nefertari is left an orphan in the palace after her mother died in childbirth and the rest of her family died in a tragic fire. She is basically left on her own to run wild in the palace; even though she is a princess she is all but forgotten. Soon though, the Pharaoh's aunt Woserit decides to take over Nefertari's rise to being a woman befitting of the title Queen. She trains her to play the harp and teaches her the manners she will need-she takes her from a young girl into a woman. Nefertari is very intelligent too-she has mastered many languages, isn't afraid to speak her mind and is even brave enough to go to war with Ramesses. The problem-she is the neice of Nefertiti-branded a heretic in history. Of course, the people believe the same of Nefertari. When she and Ramesses fall in love and want to be married, the people are vehemently opposed and even more opposed to her being named Chief Wife and Queen. There are uprisings and several terrifying instances that Nefertari has to deal with. She overcomes though-with her braveness people begin to call her the Warrior Queen and begin to have a new respect for her and the path to acceptance begins. Nefertari and Ramesses together are amazing and powerful as they go from falling in love, to marrying, to having children and then on to fighting wars together. They were friends from children and their friendship and love only grew stronger as the novel moves on. This novel is part history, part fiction and even romance thrown in-it's great. Some of my favorite things are the vivid descriptions that Michelle portrays throughout the book. The bed chambers, temples, clothes, makeup-down to the beads threaded through the wigs, come alive in this novel. The mortuary temples that are built that have scenes on all the walls sound fascinating. I can only imagine how beautiful all these sculptures and scenes were. Another thing I found intriguing is all the Gods and Goddesses that they worshipped. They had different ones for so many things and their belief in them was unshakeable. Another thing I loved that Michelle did with this book was put in a calendar which tells us the seasons, months, festivals and the dates in which they all occured. Along with this she also put in a glossary which I loved. Many of these words are unfamiliar to us and this was more than helpful. A great book and definitely one that comes highly recommended by me. I already miss the characters as once again Michelle draws us so completely into their lives that we are a little lost once we are no longer with them in the story.
Date published: 2008-10-19

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The Heretic Queen: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8 × 5.15 × 0.83 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307381765

ISBN - 13: 9780307381767

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Chapter One Pharaoh of Upper Egypt Thebes, 1283 bc “Stay still,” Paser admonished firmly. Although Paser was my tutor and couldn’t tell a princess what to do, there would be extra lines to copy if I didn’t obey. I stopped shifting in my beaded dress and stood obediently with the other children of Pharaoh Seti’s harem. But at thirteen years old, I was always impatient. Besides, all I could see was the gilded belt of the woman in front of me. Heavy sweat stained her white linen, trickling down her neck from beneath her wig. As soon as Ramesses passed in the royal procession, the court would be able to escape the heat and follow him into the cool shade of the temple. But the procession was moving terribly slow. I looked up at Paser, who was searching for an open path to the front of the crowd. “Will Ramesses stop studying with us now that he’s to become coregent?” I asked. “Yes,” Paser said distractedly. He took my arm and pushed our way through the sea of bodies. “Make way for the princess Nefertari! Make way!” Women with children stepped aside until we were standing at the very edge of the roadway. All along the Avenue of Sphinxes, tall pots of incense smoked and burned, filling the air with the sacred scent of kyphi that would make this, above all days, an auspicious one. The brassy sound of trumpets filled the avenue, and Paser pushed me forward. “The prince is coming!” “I see the princ
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In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family–with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

"Nefertari tells her story simply, humbly, and in a clear voice that will attract readers."–Romantic Times

From the Jacket

"Nefertari tells her story simply, humbly, and in a clear voice that will attract readers."
—Romantic Times

"
Moran’s careful attention to detail and her artful storytelling skills bring these people to vivid life, imbuing ancient history with suspense and urgency."
—Boston Globe

“Performing deft feats of Egyptian magic, Michelle Moran transforms stone-cold history-from-hieroglyphs into gripping narrative, peopled by unforgettable characters seething with conflict and passion. I couldn’t stop reading, but I didn’t want this book to end.”
—Robin Maxwell, author of Mademoiselle Boleyn

“Michelle Moran breathes new life into the faded paintings on tomb walls, bringing Ramesses, Nefertari, and the whole panoply of ancient Egyptian splendor to vivid, bustling, page-turning life.”
—Lauren Willig, author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

“Authentic, captivating, and beautifully rendered, Michelle Moran’s The Heretic Queen brings to vivid life the ancient courts and distant vistas of New Kingdom Egypt. A fascinating read.”
—Susan Fraser King, author of Lady Macbeth

“The Heretic Queen is a real page-turner! A heady, ancient Egyptian brew of magic and mystery; history, murder, and palace intrigue as well as romance. I read this enthralling novel in one sitting.”
—India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter

“A marvelous read. Moran renders the arcane Egypt of hieroglyphs and foundering monuments into a breathing world whose characters we care deeply about. I read it in a trice and wished there was more.”
—Erika Mailman, author of The Witch’s Trinity

“The Heretic Queen is historical fiction at its best. Michelle Moran seamlessly incorporates accurate details into a story full of suspense, intrigue, and tenderness that’s impossible to put down until you’ve reached the last page. An absolute triumph!”
—Tasha Alexander, author of A Fatal Waltz


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About the Author

MICHELLE MORAN is the author of the national bestselling novel Nefertiti. She lives in California with her husband and a garden of more than two hundred roses.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"Nefertari tells her story simply, humbly, and in a clear voice that will attract readers." — Romantic Times " Moran’s careful attention to detail and her artful storytelling skills bring these people to vivid life, imbuing ancient history with suspense and urgency." — Boston Globe “Performing deft feats of Egyptian magic, Michelle Moran transforms stone-cold history-from-hieroglyphs into gripping narrative, peopled by unforgettable characters seething with conflict and passion. I couldn’t stop reading, but I didn’t want this book to end.” —Robin Maxwell, author of Mademoiselle Boleyn “Michelle Moran breathes new life into the faded paintings on tomb walls, bringing Ramesses, Nefertari, and the whole panoply of ancient Egyptian splendor to vivid, bustling, page-turning life.” —Lauren Willig, author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation “Authentic, captivating, and beautifully rendered, Michelle Moran’s The Heretic Queen brings to vivid life the ancient courts and distant vistas of New Kingdom Egypt. A fascinating read.” —Susan Fraser King, author of Lady Macbeth “ The Heretic Queen is a real page-turner! A heady, ancient Egyptian brew of magic and mystery; history, murder, and palace intrigue as well as romance. I read this enthralling novel in one sitting.” —India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter “A marvelous read. Moran render
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