Emily Likes Books

14. The Heretic Queen — Michelle Moran

15. Nefertiti — Michelle Moran

These two novels aren’t related in a series, but are both equally enjoyable, and since they’re pretty similar I thought to lump them in together. Both novels explore the lives of the young women in the 18th and 19th Dynasties of the New Kingdom in Egypt who were fairly influential women. Nefertiti explores the life of its title, Nefertiti, wife of Akhenaten, the king who defied Amun and rose Aten to prominence in the Egyptian religious state. The Heretic Queen looks are Nefertari, in this case it talks of her being Nefertiti’s niece (though that’s not certain) and wife of Ramses the Great.

I’ve always really enjoyed literature focusing on young women, and Moran’s style is easy to go with and interesting. Obviously this kind of literature is not for everyone, but if you enjoy historically based novels and literature based on prominent women, give it a try!

  • 29 January 2013
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