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 by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhoteps heretical desire to forsake Egypts ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship.
From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husbands perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises. The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see that the powerful priests, along with the military, are plotting against her husbands rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political windsand brave enough to tell the queenis her younger sister, Mutnodjmet.
Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sisters desire for power. She yearns for a quiet existence away from family duty and the intrigues of court. Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart. But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love. To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister, the most powerful woman in Egyptwhile also remaining loyal to the needs of her family.
Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflictNefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail. Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.
Romance Reviews Today
A wonderful, beautifully written, and well researched novel, Nefertiti is a page-turner filled with amazing visuals of a dazzling historical period.
Though sometimes big events are telegraphed, Moran... gets the details just right, and there are still plenty of surprises in an epic that brings an ancient world to life.
Beautifully written and completely engrossing, this first novel should enjoy wide readership.
Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
There haven't been two more fascinating or outrageous siblings since the Boleyn sisters...Nefertiti is obsessive reading.
India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter
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!
Ki Longfellow, author of The Secret Magdalene
A provocative portrait of limitless power in an ancient land of limitless fascination.
Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Nefertiti is a fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable!
Rosalind Miles, bestselling author of I, Elizabeth
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 Ancient Egypt comes to life.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by nick whooo I just thought the book was amazing. The fact that Nefertiti was a queen, I can just imagine.
Rated of 5
by talira davis nefertiti I believe that this women had a goal in life; when she tried to make it she ended up seeing that she may fail. Her sister sees with her own eyes that her sister may fail if she keeps going in the track that she going in. This book taught me a lot.... Read More
Rated of 5
by Kim Good Historical Fiction If you liked The Other Boleyn Girl, you'll love this novel. It's very similar. Like Gregory's novel, Nefertiti is the story of two sisters, told from the viewpoint of the younger one. One is famous, the other unknown except to scholars. One... Read More
Rated of 5
by Betsy A rich and delicious read. Nefertiti has given me back my love for historical fiction. It has it all - wonderful story, great development of characters, vivid settings. It transports you to the time and place. I felt like I was on a barge on the Nile in ancient Egypt.
Michelle Moran's website
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Nefertiti, including an
family tree; sculptures
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Queen Tiye (one scary
ancient Egyptian life;
artifacts from the
city of Armarna; and
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Nefertiti was born in
Akhmim, in Upper Egypt close
to Soleb. Thebes has become
the modern day city of Luxor
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Nile. The Valley of the
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