The Heretic Queen
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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—all 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. A relic of a previous reign, 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.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.
From the Hardcover edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Inspiring and moving story. If little Nefertari can overcome the obstacles, then all of us can do it! Strongly recommend readers to start from the previous book, Nefertiti, so that the story will be more well-rounded.
I read this for school and I loved it. At first, I didn't want to read it because it is historical fiction, but this book made historical fiction my favorite. I'm buying Nefertiti for Michelle Moran since it goes perfectly with this book. I started crying because..... the feels...... Two thumbs up!