Nefertiti: A Novel

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Crown/Archetype, Jul 10, 2007 - Fiction - 480 pages
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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 Amunhotep’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s 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 husband’s 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 husband’s rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds—and brave enough to tell 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. 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 Egypt—while also remaining loyal to the needs of her family.

Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict—Nefertiti 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.


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User Review  - bookworm2 - Borders

This is the first of Michelle Moran's novels that I read. It kept my attention, I was fascinated by the contents and couldn't wait to turn the next page. I finished it in a couple of days and returned ... Read full review

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"Nefertiti" is a historical fiction novel that goes into great detail of the lives and times ca 1350 B.C. The beginning paralleled "The Other Boleyn Girl" so much that I wasn't sure I was going to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
26
Section 4
44
Section 5
49
Section 6
67
Section 7
79
Section 8
86
Section 19
274
Section 20
294
Section 21
304
Section 22
338
Section 23
349
Section 24
357
Section 25
361
Section 26
365

Section 9
96
Section 10
106
Section 11
120
Section 12
142
Section 13
147
Section 14
175
Section 15
186
Section 16
204
Section 17
213
Section 18
256
Section 27
378
Section 28
388
Section 29
391
Section 30
401
Section 31
437
Section 32
447
Section 33
456
Section 34
459
Section 35
461
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About the author (2007)

MICHELLE MORAN has a degree in English literature. She lives in California with her husband and cat, Anubis.


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