Books for your trip to Egypt

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The Heretic Queen

Heiress of Misfortune, Pharaoh’s Beloved

Amber’s Compass: This is one of my favorite books by Michelle Moran, second only to Cleopatra’s Daughter. The Heretic Queen is historical fiction that creates a realistic view of life in ancient Egypt. Nefertari (niece of Nefertiti), is an outcast member of the royal family. It starts as a coming-of-age story and transitions into a romance as Nefertari learns to be a lover and a leader. I highly recommend this book!

Synopsis: 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.

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Queen of Egypt, Daughter of Eternity

Amber’s Compass: Both books, Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen, exist in the same world. Although the book Nefertiti takes place first based on the timeline, they can be read in any order.

Synopsis: 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 that her strong personality will temper the young ruler’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people but fails to see that powerful priests are plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, Mutnodjmet.

Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister’s desire for power. She yearns for a quiet existence away from family duty and the intrigues of court. But remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game; one that could cost her everything she holds dear. Teeming with love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict, Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail.

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Michelle Moran is one of my all time favorite authors. She writes historical fiction about women leaders. The books below are not about Egypt, but they are more books that I have read and recommend from Michelle Moran: