K for me at all considering we know he loved her very muchOh well put it on the list with Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon as a historical love story that someone needs to write a perfect book about 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 a historical narrative with some liberally embellished and possibly fabricated history For romance readers it might be a nice cross enre piece since it bridges both worlds For those who like history 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 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 ods and tried to force a religious revolution a type of monotheism where all must worship one od 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 and her infamous aunt is dead but 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 with him Showing her solid core and aided by her astounding facility for languages she holds her own in the competitive and backstabbing classrooms and courts of the king Her reatest wish is to marry Ramesses But what are the chances with her family rap Nefer does exactly as her wise mentors Woserit high priestess and Paser advise to ain public favor and personal sex appeal so she can become an acceptable candidate for ueen And she does Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood gaining the title of The Warrior ueen of Egypt despite a few deadly enemies who would stop at nothing to destroy her I originallyave it 2 stars because when I read historical narratives I want the focus to be on history and not on sex I save that for my romance reading Butmaybe I was a little harsh The story is fairly absorbing at times The narrative flows much of the time the setting is fairly vivid and the dialogue decent but nothing special There are some moderately poignant portrayals of friendship aging and death I liked the part about learning various langua There are plenty of issues to raise here a few Imagine That! 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 helpless characters along a raging torrent without rhyme or reason to the conclusion of the novel This book at least has 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 butets 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 have died and their plotting is s atrocious behaviour or plots to Ramesses it is only after two people have died and their plotting is beyond all doubt that she reveals her knowledge of the plot Nefertari s unsatisfactory explanation for this that everyone else told 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 trusts her are we honestly to believe *that had Nefertari told him about Henuttawy and Iset Ramesses would have *had Nefertari told him about Henuttawy and Iset Ramesses would have convinced that she was a liar and wouldn t 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 book historically we do not know the identity of her parents This wanton destruction of the representation of an immortal ueen which according to Egyptian belief would have the effect of damaging Mutnodjmet s body in the afterlife would have been unacceptable even from a princess like Henuttawy At other points Henuttawy makes completely out of line snide comments such as And let us hope she does not have the blood of the Heretic King in her veins at Nefertari s own wedding feast a comment so out of line that it was obviously Elena's Conquest 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 toive 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 history 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 her or empathise when she has to suffer through the childish pranks played on her by Iset and Henuttawy even though I felt like Moran was hitting me over the head with isn t Nefertari tragic You should sympathise with her with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer As for Ramesses he comes across as disappointingly ullible and weak manipulated by everyone around him The other characters were wafer thin and forgettableThe main premise of the entire book is that Nefertari would have 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 Mutnodjmet was even Nefertiti s sister is it really plausible that peasants would have had close enough access to. 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 ueenSoon 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 .
Ueen Nefertari to have shouted heretic at her Even if they could et 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 a historian But hypothetically if a large mob of angry peasants could have and wanted to heckle Nefertari during her wedding procession and later at the palace King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies gates would this have been allowed to happen NO Royaluards and army militiamen would have been ordered to swoop down on the mob long before they 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 Rescuing Gus gods They did not believe that they had to justify themselves to a small mob of disgruntled peasants it was theods that were important The most disappointing thing is that this failure is less about historical accuracy than it is about poor uality writing Plenty of books make historical errors or deliberate alterations which I can uite happily Class of 92: Out of Our League get on board with because the author makes their fictional vision seem realistic authentic and ultimatelyripping Moran fails to do this Her heretic mob scenarios are thinly sketched and feel absurd The dialogue is juvenile and the descriptions are basic There s no complexity here 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 is fantasy sci fi or another fantastical Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story genre that should not preclude it from being realistic or believable as those worlds can have 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 historical fictionenre 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 made historical alterations 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 How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead 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 I had such high hopes for it It s rare to find 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 with her future endeavours as she seemsenuinely interested in her subject but I hope to see her develop as an author and her novels improve Until then I ll be picking her books up from the library For anyone looking for a ripping complex plot with high uality writing and subtle characterisations and decent historical accuracy to boot I recommend Pauline Gedge instead3 out of 10 Awful awful awful This ranks way
Up On My List Ofon my list of Books Ever Written The author didn t know if she was supposed to be writing historical fiction soft core and very unerotic porn or chick lit with all the name calling and backstabbing and ossiping There wasn t a single sympathetic character in the bunch and I especially hated her depiction of
Ramesses Here s a uy who s supposedly head over heelsHere s a uy who s supposedly head over heels love with Nefertari and he can clearly see what an amazing diplomat she is and yet it takes him what two or three years to finally decide to make her his chief wife Even if this is how events actually progressed the author certainly didn t Moonrise go to any lengths to make us understand the reasoning behind their actions They were all drab lifeless ca I love 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 at her other books Michelle seems to 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 Nefertiti had abandoned the Gods Egyptians worshiped and instead 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 under her wing She hopes to make Nefertari Ramesses Chief wife Conseuently dramatic events unfold that play a defining role in Egyptian historyEgypt and its rulers have always fascinated me Research into this novel must have taken a lot of time and effort I admire Michelle for that Her efforts show in the intricate way everything 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 t help sympathizing with her She is caring intelligent brave strong and determinedThis book is very well written The plot wasripping 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 scheming have 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 her other novelsOverallCompelling and engrossingRecommendedYes To all fans of historical fiction The simplicity of Moran s writing style and storytelling Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi grasps your attention The story becomes addictive in small measured steps and your imaginationets the better of you that said I found this to be a credible fascinating look into this era of history You can read full review on my blo. Tar 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 historySweeping in scope and meticulous in detail The Heretic ueen is a novel of passion and power heartbreak and redemption From the Hardcover editi.
Michelle Moran ô 6 Free readLoved it loved it loved it I don t normally ush 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 have been interested in Ancient Egypt since my own school years then helping my sons with assignments on Ancient Egypt the pharoahs the Gods their customs and burial practices I have always found their highly advanced civilisation fascinating Nefertari the orphaned daughter of Mutnodjmet and niece of the infamous Nefertiti is an absolute delight in this novelShe is kind hearted and moral like her 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 ain the respect and admiration of Egypt and her triumph over her family s checkered past I await Michelle Moran s next novel Cleopatra s Daughter with much anticipation and Alien Alpha great impatience Soak it up this is entertainment at its best Michelle Moran s second novel is an enthralling read that will have you frantically turning pages completely absorbed in the world she has created for youMoran s Egypt is a backdrop for all theuilty pleasure plot points you know you love sex power violence and true love And 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 reed 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 uarantee you ll love her orphaned daughter Nefertari You ll see the resemblance to her mother in her kind heart and strong moral code but Nefertari s love for Rameses has also exposed some of 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 of her life Nefertari is the kind of character you cheer for from young irl to rown womanWhilst this book is so entertaining the research is a large element of this novel and I trust that her interpretation of this story is rounded in the facts we know about this time period and these rulers Check out her blog History Buff if you want to see an example of her passion for Archaeology in action Her books have awakened in me a dormant passion for Egyptian history and I now find myself wishing she had stories to tell me Hopefully I don t 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 I struggled how 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 lad I didn t I suppose it 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 irls for whom would capture the heart of the prince The fact that the main character was not yet fourteen didn t help to warm me up to this book Nor the fact that Nefertari was painted as smart while Iset her rival as extremely ignorantLuckily it was not about that It was about a irl s fight for her place in history And as soon as she left for the temple of Hathor to begin her learning things started to et interesting In the end it proved to be a book full of court politics and intrigue where all characters had their own secret agenda and their own hidden desires Even if at the beginning I didn t care about Nefertari and her
Love I Began InvestedI began invested her struggles as the book progressed She was no longer a princess with a love that didn t even made much sense but a irl fighting to clean her family name wrongfully accused someone looking for her 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 page after 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 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 know how this book would be received "were many unexpected turns I don t know how this book would be received fans of Egypt s history by those who know the facts very well because I m not one of them But for me who knew almost nothing about that era it seemed like a Alexandra, Gone good beginning to learn something And accurate or not the author managed to create an exciting mix Maybe like a 375 out of 5 The author does aood 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 her relationship to Nefertiti to the throne and the complicated court politics she has 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 ot a little old The fact that he was so two dimensional as to completely fall for her 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 her first book about Nefertiti 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 had been
focused on her and Ramesses s relationship especially the transformation from childhood friends to lovers It came veryon her and Ramesses s relationship especially the transformation from childhood friends to lovers It came very to just oh look she ot hot And at times it was like we were supposed to be a little unsure of Ramesses s feelings which didn t wor. In ancient Egypt a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake historyThe 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 ueen Nefertiti The irl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical and no one in Egypt will speak their names A relic of a previous reign. .