The simplicity of Moran s writing style and storytelling grasps your attention The story becomes addictive in small measured steps and your imagination gets the better of you that said I found this to be a credible fascinating look into this era of istory You can read full review on my blog I saw a short film on the discovery of Ramesses s tomb on vacation and of course I was intrigued by the mention of the love story and wasted MORE I ve also been meaning to read Moran foreverThis didn t totally scratch the itch because it s about Nefertari s uest to become Chief Wife I really wish time Tagus the Night Horse (Beast Quest, had been focused oner and Ramesses s relationship especially the transformation from childhood friends to lovers It came very close to just oh look she got Love Beyond Limits (Among the Fair Magnolias) hot And at times it was like we were supposed to be a little unsure of Ramesses s feelings which didn t work for me at all considering we knowe loved Inochi The Book of Life her very muchOh well put it on the list with Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon as aistorical love story that someone needs to write a perfect book about I love Gol Atan Kaleye historical fiction especially reading about women rulers Though I am mostly addicted to reading about the Tudors I wanted to read something differentThe Heretic ueen is the first Michelle Moran novel I read Looking ater other books Michelle seems to The Age of Disruption have a penchant for Egyptian women rulersThe Heretic ueen focuses on one of the lesser known ueens of Egypt Nefertari who was ueen Nefertiti s niece She is called The Heretic ueen since Nefertitiad abandoned the Gods Egyptians worshiped and instead Burning bridges had turned to a single God something which was never accepted by the peopleNefertari s childhood friend Ramesses II is made Pharaoh Her future is uncertain and bleak She fears being forgotten and left to a life of a lonely temple Priestess This is when Wosertit Ramesses aunt takes Nefertari underer wing She Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, hopes to make Nefertari Ramesses Chief wife Conseuently dramatic events unfold that play a defining role in EgyptianistoryEgypt and its rulers Rembrandts Jews have always fascinated me Research into this novel mustave taken a lot of time and effort I admire Michelle for that Her efforts show in the intricate way everything Refusing His Second Chance has been described the politics traditions rules the clothes the celebrations the art the architecture religion and so onThough The Heretic ueen is not completely based on true events it really doesn t matter because it makes the book intriguingNefertari was a very likeable character You can telp sympathizing with Brand Name Dates her She is caring intelligent brave strong and determinedThis book is very well written The plot was gripping from the first page itself Every character was well defined Lots of drama action and many tense moments will keep you enthralled The court intrigue the politics and the schemingave been vividly described Michelle makes ancient Egypt come alive in front of our eyesI could imagine everything she described I could feel see smell ancient EgyptI am looking forward to reading Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, her other novelsOverallCompelling and engrossingRecommendedYes To all fans ofistorical fiction Maybe like a 375 out of 5 The author does a good job of capturing what we know from the archeaological record about the culture and lifestyle of ancient Egypt and the 19th dynasty And the book certainly peaks my interest in the relationship between Ramesses II and Nefertari whose love was well documented in poetry and on the walls of monuments and shrines The basic plot involves the rise of Nefertari an outcast princess shunned because of The Maiden Dinosaur her relationship to Nefertiti to the throne and the complicated court politics sheas to navigateFor some reason parts of the novel didn t feel flushed out enough for me and other parts seemed overly dwelt on Her childhood and preening to become the perfect woman for Ramesses got a little old The fact that Swing Trading with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD he was so two dimensional as to completely fall forer caterpillar to butterfly routine was a little trite Then again they were teenagers so maybe it s realistic that their love life was so simple Overall it was engaging and I read it in only a few sittings I will definitely read Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging her first book about Nefertiti Awful awful awful This ranks way up on my list of Worst Books Ever Written The author didn t know if she was supposed to be writingistorical fiction soft core and very unerotic porn or chick lit with all the name calling and backstabbing and gossiping There wasn t a single sympathetic character in the bunch and I especially ated er depiction of Ramesses Here s a guy who s supposedly The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, head overeels in love with Nefertari and Nora (Sunfire, he can clearly see what an amazing diplomat she is and yet it takesim what two or three years to finally decide to make Sam the Plumber heris chief wife Even if this is ow events actually progressed the author certainly didn t go to any lengths to make us understand the reasoning behind their actions They were all drab lifeless caricatures Not recommended at allPSBad writers evidently stick together I just saw a glowing review of this book by Susan Fraser King the author of the eually odious Lady Macbeth on s website I struggled ow to rate this book In the end I opted for 45 rounded at 5 because a book that keeps me as entertained as it did deserved it even if there were some issuesI must confess after the first few pages
I wanted to put this book down and never pick it up again I m glad I didn t I wanted to put this book down and never pick it up again I m glad I didn t I it Outside the Paint happened because at first I was under the impression this book is solely a romance and the romance aspect of this book was the worst part of it Nothing seemed natural the chemistry between characters was weak and at the beginning it seemed to be like nothing than a fight between two girls for whom would capture theeart of the prince The fact that the main character was not yet fourteen didn t Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont help to warm me up to this book Nor the fact that Nefertari was painted as smart while Iseter rival as extremely ignorantLuckily it was not about that It was about a girl s fight for Historic Hahns Peak her place inistory And as soon as she left for the temple of Hathor to begin Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, her learning things started to get interesting In the end it proved to be a book full of court politics and intrigue where all charactersad their own secret agenda and their own Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, hidden desires Even if at the beginning I didn t care about Nefertari ander love I began invested in BITE (A Mate Of His Own her struggles as the book progressed She was no longer a princess with a love that didn t even made much sense but a girl fighting to cleaner family name wrongfully accused someone looking for er rightfully place in the pyramid of things But important than what this book was about is the fact that it managed to keep me
ENGAGED TO HAVE ME TURNING PAGEto ave me turning page page to make me return to it in every free moment I could find I doesn t matter that there are still things I don t agree with a reader doesn t Six-Moon Trail have to agree to everything a writer proposes to like their book not when those things are not the major plot points of this book And speaking of those there were many unexpected turns I don t knowow this book would be received by fans of Egypt s Mustard Seed Magic history by those who know the facts very well because I m not one of. In ancient Egypt a forgotten princess must overcomeer family’s past and remake istoryThe winds of change are blowing through Thebes A devastating palace fire as killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family–with the exception of Nefertari the niece of the reviled former ueen Nefertiti The girl’s deceased family Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, has been branded aseretical and no one in Egypt will speak their names Neferta. ,
Them But for me who knew almost nothing about that era it seemed like a good beginning to learn something And accurate or not the author managed to create an exciting mix There are plenty of issues to raise ere a few good but also plenty of bad The coherence of the plot is noticeably better than in Moran s first effort Nefertiti which felt like a force of nature carried the Splinter helpless characters along a raging torrent without rhyme or reason to the conclusion of the novel This book at leastas an objective in mind and the plot revolves around whether or not Nefertari will succeed or fail in achieving this objective becoming Chief Wife and exposing the plotting of Henuttawy and Iset Unfortunately The Heretic ueen is an example of an obstacle which could be easily resolved in five minutes if only the characters would take the necessary action but gets artificially strung out over an entire book Nefertari never reports Henuttawy and Iset s atrocious behaviour or plots to Ramesses it is only after two people Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles have died and their plotting is exposed beyond all doubt that she revealser knowledge of the plot Nefertari s unsatisfactory explanation for this that everyone else told The Princes Mistress her that Henuttawy would make it seem to Ramesses like she was lying Frankly that doesn t cut the mustard Ramesses we are told loves Nefertari beyond all else and trustser are we Immortal Jellyfish honestly to believe thatad Nefertari told California him about Henuttawy and Iset Ramesses wouldave been convinced that she was a liar and wouldn t Afgantsy have investigated the matter AT ALL Doesn t sound like a very trusting relationshipHenuttawy and Iset do not make credible antagonists and act like petulant teenagers than real adversaries Henuttawy at one point destroys a royal mural of Nefertari s mother Mutnodjmet in the bookistorically we do not know the identity of Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., her parents This wanton destruction of the representation of an immortal ueen which according to Egyptian belief wouldave the effect of damaging Mutnodjmet s body in the afterlife would Somnium have been unacceptable even from a princess like Henuttawy At other points Henuttawy makes completely out of line snide comments such as And let usope she does not The Cronos Complex I have the blood of the Heretic King iner veins at Nefertari s own wedding feast a comment so out of line that it was obviously going to earn Henuttawy the rebuke of all present It s the kind of ill thought out dig that smacks of a stroppy teen not a serious adversary Iset is just as bad Her ploys such as arguing with Nefertari about the temple plans simply for the sake of it are utterly transparent and she comes across as whiny and childish And we re supposed to give these antagonists any credibility whatsoever With such weak opponents facing Nefertari the story completely lacks any tensionWorse the portrayals of almost every other character are eually one dimensional and flat Nefertari bears no resemblance at all to the complex vibrant real woman of istory and is instead a cardboard cut out child prodigy who can do no wrong and is woefully lacking in any real faults or flaws This made it difficult to relate to er or empathise when she Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, has to suffer through the childish pranks played oner by Iset and Henuttawy even though I felt like Moran was Dem Nordpol am nächsten hitting me over theead with isn t Nefertari tragic You should sympathise with Heart Beat her with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer As for Ramessese comes across as disappointingly gullible and weak manipulated by everyone around The Site Book him The other characters were wafer thin and forgettableThe main premise of the entire book is that Nefertari wouldave faced popular opposition due to being associated with Akhenaten and Nefertiti and their Aten worship Leaving aside the fact that there are significant issues with the evidence and dating which make it improbable that Nefertari was
MUTNODJMET S DAUGHTER AND THAT MUTNODJMETs daughter and that Mutnodjmet even Nefertiti s sister is it really plausible that peasants would The Devils Possession havead close enough access to ueen Nefertari to Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, have shoutederetic at Vrolok her Even if they could get that close is it believable that any of them would ve dared to do so The answer is no and this is just common sense which applies even if you re not aistorian But 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] hypothetically if a large mob of angry peasants couldave and wanted to The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name heckle Nefertari duringer wedding procession and later at the palace gates would this Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped have been allowed toappen NO Royal guards and army militiamen would ave been ordered to swoop
DOWN ON THE MOB LONG BEFOREon the mob long before reached the sacred royals and subdued them Would Nefertari and Ramesses really come out to address the crowd Not a chance They re of the royal blood descended from millennia of pharaohs and divine embodiments of the gods They did not believe that they ad to justify themselves to a small mob of disgruntled peasants it was the gods that were important The most disappointing thing is that this failure is less about Between Two Skies historical accuracy than it is about poor uality writing Plenty of books makeistorical errors or deliberate alterations which I can uite Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England happily get on board with because the author makes their fictional vision seem realistic authentic and ultimately gripping Moran fails to do this Hereretic mob scenarios are thinly sketched and feel absurd The dialogue is juvenile and the descriptions are basic There s no complexity ere no subtlety or sophisticationIn short it s about suspension of disbelief It is up to the writer to create an environment a world in which the characters move that is plausible in order to enable the reader to experience full immersion in the story If the story to enable the reader to experience full immersion in the story If the story fantasy sci fi or another fantastical genre that should not preclude it from being realistic or believable as those worlds can ave their own set of rules and laws as long as they make sense in the story In a book that is based in our world and further on actual events as in the The Dolce Diet historical fiction genre this kind of skill and storycraft is absolutely critical People may use the excuse of it s only fiction and yes this is a perfectly acceptable reason to excuse deliberately madeistorical alterations Brave Enough hopefully revealed in an author s note to avoid inadvertantly perpetuating incorrect information within a story though not unwitting errors that s just bad research However fiction is not an adeuate excuse for failing to produce a piece of work that immerses the reader a work that the reader can t engage with because it lacks the feel of the genuine and the believable That would be incorrectly correlating fiction and non fiction with unrealism and realism when in fact as aforementioned there is nothing that should preclude a work of fiction from being realistic or plausible Simply put Moran lacks the skill and storycraft reuired to create this plausibilityI was really disappointed with this book because Iad such Spunk highopes for it It s rare to find The Kafka of 238th Street historical fiction on ancient Egypt and I snapped this book up when I saw it I really wanted it to be something that blew me away Instead I finished the book feeling deflated I wish Michelle Moran the best of luck wither future endeavours as she seems genuinely interested in The Letters to the Thessalonians her subject but Ri 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 ueenSoon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince and despiteer family’s istory they fall in love and wish to marry Yet all of Egypt opposes this union betw. Hope to see er develop as an author and Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, her novels improve Until then I ll be pickinger books up from the library For anyone looking for a gripping complex plot with Ivory (The Ivory Saga high uality writing and subtle characterisations and decentistorical accuracy to boot I recommend Pauline Gedge instead3 out of 10 Soak it up this is entertainment at its best Michelle Moran s second novel is an enthralling read that will Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, have you frantically turning pages completely absorbed in the world sheas created for youMoran s Egypt is a backdrop for all the guilty pleasure plot points you know you love sex power violence and true love And The Temple of Death her cast of characters are fabulously self serving and deceitful in a way that makes you keep reading just to find out what they will do to each other next Some are motivated by love others by greed but all are capable of doing anything and that makes it all the excitingIf you fell in love with Mutny from Moran s previous novel then I guarantee you ll loveer orphaned daughter Nefertari You ll see the resemblance to Venus Blueprint her mother iner kind Shame On Her Volume 3 heart and strong moral code but Nefertari s love for Ramesesas also exposed some of Bisk CPA Review her Aunt s calculated ambition too She s a woman unafraid to fight for the one she loves and she s in for the battle ofer life Nefertari is the kind of character you cheer for from young girl to grown womanWhilst this book is so entertaining the research is a large element of this novel and I trust that A Crazy Kind of Love her interpretation of this story is grounded in the facts we know about this time period and these rulers Check outer blog History Buff if you want to see an example of The Medieval Forest her passion for Archaeology in action Her booksave awakened in me a dormant passion for Egyptian The Road Beyond Ruin history and I now find myself wishing shead stories to tell me Hopefully I don t Backlash have to wait long for Cleopatra s Daughter to come outIf you would like to win a signed copy of Nefertiti or The Heretic ueen visit my blog wwwwreadingwritingrantingblogspotcom before 30th November 2008 Moran also wrote Nefertiti and Cleopatra s Daughter but I only read this one Set in ancient Egypt The Heretic ueen is an odd mixture because it felt sometimes exactly like a romance and a sexy one and other times like aistorical narrative with some liberally embellished and possibly fabricated Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, history For romance readers it might be a nice cross genre piece since it bridges both worlds For those who likeistory and only the straight dope this will disappoint Setting Ancient Egypt Thebes at the time of Ramesses III referred to as Ramesses the Great who reigned as pharaoh from 1279 1213 BC POV The story is told by Nefertari whose beloved mother is Mutdodjmet a former ueen According to this author Nefertari is the niece of the dead and yet still reviled ueen Nefertiti Try keeping those names straight Young Nefertari s moldering Aunt Nefertiti is none other than the Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, historically fascinating Heretic ueen 1370 1330 BC the Great Royal Wife and chief consort of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten They abolished Egypt s pantheon of gods and tried to force a religious revolution a type of monotheism where all must worship one god only Aten the sun disc Moran seems to link this revolution with the zealot Ahmoses Moses When the story begins young Nefertari is about 10 ander infamous aunt is dead but In Defense of Food her family name is still muddier than the Nile riverbank we are reminded of this ad nauseum So the courageous and intelligent young princess comes in for a lot of belittlement and bullying We see Nefer attending school with young Ramesses and falling in withim Showing er solid core and aided by er astounding facility for languages she Black and White holdser own in the competitive and backstabbing classrooms and courts of the king Her greatest wish is to marry Ramesses But what are the chances with The Color of Water her family rap Nefer does exactly aser wise mentors Woserit igh priestess and Paser advise to gain public favor and personal sex appeal so she can become an acceptable candidate for ueen And "she does gaining the title of The Warrior ueen of Egypt despite a few deadly enemies who would stop "does gaining the title of The Warrior ueen of Egypt despite a few deadly enemies who would stop nothing to destroy er I originally gave it 2 stars because when I read Cake Pops historical narratives I want the focus to be onistory and not on sex I save that for my romance reading Butmaybe I was a little arsh The story is fairly absorbing at times The narrative flows much of the time the setting Is Fairly Vivid And The Dialogue Decent fairly vivid and the dialogue decent nothing special There are some moderately poignant portrayals of friendship aging and death I liked the part about learning various languages we ave it so easy and the part about finding a way to irrigate Egypt when the rains wouldn t come The many interactions with pharaoh s court of advisors The Name of the Rose held my attention as did the battles and negotiations with neighboring countries That said too much girl talk gossip vying for favor clothing sandals face paint sex pregnancy labor etc etc IMO it should be shelved asistorical romance Not Street Food history or biography Probably not evenistorical fiction The whole book was about a young girl falling in love with the Memories of My Melancholy Whores heir to the Egyptian throne and doing everything possible to becomeis ueen and then to remain at Pakistan his side when competing wives tried to edgeer out There are a few sex scenes Further I thought the author mishandled or at least underplayed the whole deal with Moses and the Ten Plagues of Egypt in effect Moran largely ignored the Habiru Hebrew account while
Still Including A Religious Fanaticincluding a religious fanatic the name of Ahmoses Moses In sum it felt like an unexceptional romance I Pitch Dark have read some beautiful ones and a weak portrayal of a fascinating period in Egyptian and Hebrewistory I wanted about Ramesses But this really isn t Dont Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear his storyFrom Wiki Nefertari also known as Nefertari Merytmut was one of the Great Royal Wives or principal wives of Ramesses the GreatShe is one of the best known Egyptian ueens next to Cleopatra Nefertiti and Hatshepsut Her lavishly decorated tomb V66 is the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the ueens Ramesses also constructed a temple forer at Abu Simbel next to is colossal monument ere More details and a few images at Loved it loved it loved it I don t normally gush about a novel but I enjoyed this even than Nefertiti I really didn t want it to end It was a vivid captivating page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the Ancient Egyptian world I The Green Pharmacy have been interested in Ancient Egypt since my own school years thenelping my sons with assignments on Ancient Egypt the pharoahs the Gods their customs and burial practices I Deadly Slumber - Demon Tales have always found theirighly advanced civilisation fascinating Nefertari the orphaned daughter of Mutnodjmet and niece of the infamous Nefertiti is an absolute delight in this novelShe is kind Atomic Ghost hearted and moral likeer mother but very strong and clever without being calculating I was caught up in the love story between Nefertari and Ramesses the Great Nefertari s battle to gain the respect and admiration of Egypt and Lightning Strike Twice her triumph overer family s checkered past I await Michelle Moran s next novel Cleopatra s Daughter with much anticipation and great impatience. Een the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old The Purple Island 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 Egypte is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in The Last Odd Day historyNefertari tellser story simply Lord Lightning (Astrology, humbly and in a clear voice that will attract readers– Romantic Time.