Sep 15, 2009

The Heretic Queen- Michelle Moran

The Heretic Queen- Michelle Moran

From Goodreads-
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 18th dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, 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 all of this changes when she is taken under the wing of pharaoh’s aunt, and 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.

After seeing the cover of this book over and over again advertised on the side at Goodreads, I finally clicked the link. Definitely the best linked I've ever clicked, because it led me to reading this outstanding historical fiction. I initially decided to read it because of the setting, Ancient Egypt, I've always been fascinated with the history of Egypt, and all that comes with.

The Heretic Queen is the story of Ramesses the Great, and Nefertari. There is a bit of everything in this novel, murder, betrayal, seduction, love. The love of Ramesses and Nefertari is touching and real, the deepness that I felt there was between them is all credited to Michelle Moran. She wrote such a great story, and I felt every word. She really did her research, and gained another fan. I actually teared up while reading the Historical Note at the end of the book.

" On a wall of her burial chamber Ramesses summed up his love for her as such: 'My love is unique, none can rival her...just by passing , she has stolen my heart'."


The book pulled me into another world until the last page, and even still, I wanted more. Immediately after finishing the book, I hit the internet and went searching for more about Ramesses and Nefertari. I really did not want their story to end.

This has become one of my favorite books. It is such a exquisite, riveting book, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Rating: 5/5


  1. Beautiful review! I'm definitely going to be picking up at least one of her books and then we'll see from there!

    Do you think I should read Nefertiti first? I don't now anything about her and I wonder if I need to for this.

  2. Thanks Jenny. Actually I'm not sure if it would be better to read Nefertiti first, because I didn't. I know I didn't feel lost at all while reading the book. I am going to read it though. Michelle Moran really is a great storyteller.


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