Review: The Heretic Queen – Michelle Moran

Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 404
Published: 2008
Publisher: Crown
Source: My own

In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family–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. 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.

My thoughts:

I could gush a lot since this was a good book but I will try to keep it simple. 
Michelle Moran is good at was this does. She manages to bring history to life and she writes about the most fascinating women. In this book we meet Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramsesses the great. Moran mentions that since so little is known she takes liberties, but she does it well. I could see these things happen. People have always liked power and playing with other lives. 
It’s a good book that tells the story of how she married the pharaoh and how she tries to keep one step ahead of his other wife, Iset. There are political intrigues, dangers, but also love. It’s an interesting story that kept me hooked even though I knew the story and have read book about Ramses before. But every story is unique and brings something new into play. 
As for the title, that is not about Nefertari, but about Nefertiti and oh you will see. 
What else can I say, it was a good historical book and I am sure fans of this genre would love this book. And now I will wait for her next book to publish since I have read all that she has written. 
 I will end with an inscription on her burial wall that truly sums of his love for her:
“My Love is unique and none can rival her….Just by passing, she has stolen away my heart.” 
Now that just breaks my heart. So beautiful.

45 thoughts on “Review: The Heretic Queen – Michelle Moran

  1. The_Book_Queen says:

    I've been dying to read some of these books–I've always been intrigued by Ancient Egypt, but haven't really read many fiction books about it (though I want to!). Maybe this will be me first foray into the genre! 😀 And I love the quote from her burial wall–yes, even without me knowing the rest of the story, I can see the love!Enjoy,TBQ

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    ChrisThey did well there :)AnaOh, I know that, this is not for you. You think too much ;)CaroleI know, so beautiful, sigh, I wish someone said that about meDeannaHihi, yay! It is really good and i recommend all of Moran's books

  3. Karen says:

    That sounds interesting. I've dabbled in some HR but never Ancient Egypt.It's sad when we run through our favorite authors entire library. Lot's of waiting around until the next book now 😦

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    TBQSo lovely, what a quote. He must have loved her dearly :)And yes I think this could be a good one to start with, since it is an easy book into Egypt and its history. I do recommend it and it's predecessor, NefertitiLindaYes you must! Better check your libraryDanaOhh, I hope you read it soon then :DAnnaI have. So now I have read all of her books and I am looking forward to the next one

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    AmusedYay, I sure hope you doMary She truly is great. I am yet to read a book by her that I did not like,AudraLol, that is a lot of a's. Yes you do need this oneNiseNo? Then you better get cracking.AnnaIt was a wonderful bookKarenBut then she is a new author so she has only 4 books out so far, but more to come so that is great.BookcatI just saw that on GR. I do hope you get to read it and like it as I did

  6. samantha.1020 says:

    I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this one so much as I have two of this author's books waiting patiently to be read on my shelves. I've heard lots of good things about her and I'm hoping to read one of those books soon 🙂 Great review!

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    CherryI am not telling you that..but think about this. People did not live long back then so she lived for a long time. Though not as long as R who died at 90

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    NaidaThanks, and yes you really should read her books :)ElysiumHihi, same here. Ever since I read Christian Jaqc's books.MysticaI am glad you enjoyed itDarleneI am sure you will love that one too. But I do see now that her newer books are darker in a way, more realMelissaWell mouwhhahahahahahahah

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    StephEspecially from a man like that :)MelissaIt was good, but then I have liked all her books so far.bemudaYou havenn't read one? Oh get cracking then :)SamanthaI am glad to hear that since she is a wonderful author and I am sure you will enjoy the books you got.VivienneI got it…oh was it a year ago? But I finally read it nowYA queenYay, I am glad to hear that

  10. Teddyree says:

    I could also gush over Michelle Moran's work, she's one of my favourite historical fiction writers. So glad you loved it too! I'm excited about The Second Empress 🙂

  11. Blodeuedd says:

    That one was good, and it sure made me realize that I so would not want to live in that era…but then all books by her have made me grateful for living when I do

  12. Felicia Sparks says:

    Oh Oh Oh! A good Historical? I am so putting this on my TBR, I have been in such a Historical Fiction and/or Historical Romance mood lately. I don't know why–maybe the cold weather 🙂

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