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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Heretic Queen

The Heretic QueenSoak 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 you.

Moran's Egypt is a backdrop for all the guilty 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 greed, but all are capable of doing anything and that makes it all the more exciting!

If you fell in love with Mutny from Moran's previous novel then I guarantee 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 Ramses 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 girl to grown woman.

Whilst this book is so entertaining, the research is a large element of this novel and I trust that her interpretation of this story is grounded 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 more stories to tell me. Hopefully I don't have to wait long for Cleopatra's Daughter to come out!

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