Friday, November 20, 2009

[Review] - Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Title: Nefertiti
Author: Michelle Moran
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: July 9, 2007

Summary: Beautiful Nefertiti and her sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised far from the court of their aunt, the Queen of Egypt. But when the Pharaoh of Egypt dies, their father’s power play makes Nefertiti wife to the new and impetuous king. It is hoped she will temper King Amunhotep’s desire to overturn Egypt’s religion, but the ambitious Nefertiti encourages Amunhotep’s outrageous plans instead, winning the adoration of the people while making powerful enemies at court. Younger yet more prudent, Mutnodjmet is her sister’s sole confidant, and only she knows to what lengths Nefertiti will go for a child to replace the son of Amunhotep’s first wife.

As King Amunhotep’s commands become more extravagant, he and Nefertiti ostracize the army, clergy, and Egypt’s most powerful allies. Then, when Mutnodjmet begins a dangerous affair with a general, she sees how tenuous her situation is at her own sister’s court.

Thoughts: Nefertiti is told from the point of view of Nefertiti's sister, Mutnodjmet. This is as much Mutnodjmet story, as it is Nefertiti's. This story starts in 1351 BCE to 1335 BCE.

While there is no one today that knows for sure what Nefertiti and Mutnodjmet's personalities or views were like, the author has done a beautiful job of bringing them to life. I was absolutely transfixed by this book. This is a very powerful and compelling story that I highly enjoyed.

Nefertiti isn't seen in a good light in this book, at least that is what I've taken from reading this story. From the moment she marries Akhenaten, Mutnodjmet becomes her servant bordering on personal slave. I really felt for Mutnodjmet. She was put into such a terrible position, both by her sister and father and their lust for power. Everything about this book pulls you in and will intrigue the reader to the last page. If you ever wonder what Ancient Egypt was like, Michelle Moran will transport you to a different world.

Score: 5 Stars

Author Website:

Other titles:
The Heretic Queen
Cleopatra's Daughter
Madame Tussaud- Coming Soon


  1. Ive been wanting to read this!!!! Thanks for reviewing. Now it moved up on my priority tbr

  2. Glad to hear it's great :D I do wanna read this and The Heretic Queen because I just fell hard or her style

  3. I simply adored Cleopatra's Daughter. I'm really looking forward to reading her other books. I also didn't know that Michelle had another book in the works, very exciting =)

    I really enjoyed the review Anna!

  4. I haven't tried this author yet, but everything I've seen so far say to give her a try.

    Thanks for a great review!

    Dottie :)



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