Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: "Nefertiti" by Michelle Moran

From Goodreads:  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 that her strong personality will temper the young ruler’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people but fails to see that powerful priests are plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, yet remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game; one that could cost her everything she holds dear.

My Thoughts:  The title of this book is slightly misleading.  The story is more about Nefertiti's sister, Mutnodjmet, then it is about Nefertiti.  Nefertiti is a main character but the story is told from Mutnodjmet's point of view and showcases how Nefertiti's actions affected her family and Egypt.  In all honesty, this book portrays Nefertiti as a hateful, selfish witch and I pretty much hated her as a character.  She was manipulative when it came to her sister and was not afraid to throw a guilt trip around to get what she wanted from Mutnodjmet.  Moran takes us through Nefertiti and Amunhotep's reign and all the changes they brought to Egypt as well as all of the bad decisions they made.  This is fiction; we don't really know all of these details about this period in Egyptian history but Moran sure made it look like a very contentious period in history.  Throughout the whole story I felt really bad for Mutnodjmet and all the stuff her family put her through as they tried to gain, and maintain, power.  They didn't treat her very well and weren't afraid to put her through hell if they thought it was necessary.  This really wasn't one of my favorite Moran books but I didn't dislikeit.  It was just very frustrating at times.  The story kept me interested and I really liked the character Mutnodjmet but unfortunately, I didn't like many of the other characters.  3 stars.

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