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Nefertiti (& a giveaway)!

June 16, 2008

A NovelEXCELLENT!

It’s not very often that I start a review with the word “excellent” but in this case I just can’t resist. After reading Nefertiti, a fast paced and utterly absorbing historical fiction novel written by Michelle Moran, I just new that this was a winner. The story is of two sisters, Nefertiti and Mutnodjmet, who each play a part in a high stakes political game over 3,500 years ago in ancient Egypt. Nefertiti has been chosen to marry the Pharoah Amunhotep, a hot-tempered, unstable ruler. It is the hope that Nefertiti can temper her husband and help him avoid any political mistakes. Nefertiti though is ambicious and placates her husband when he talks of forsaking the Egyptian God Amun and worshiping the sun God, Aten. They move to a new city, which they plan to build with the use of their Army, temples to Aten and statues of themselves. In the meantime, her younger sister Mutnodjmet is used by her father as a spy who ultimately compromises her own beliefs to preserve Nefertiti’s place as the next queen of Egypt.

The novel itself is atmospheric and descriptive.   

She looked at herself in the mirror as Thutmose came up behind her. He raised the flat-topped crown so all of us could see it, then fit the burden tightly around Nefertiti’s head. No one else could have worn it. It had been designed for her, tall and slender with an asp ready to spit poison into her enemies’ eyes. Nefertiti turned around, and if I had been a peasant in the fields, I would have thought I was staring into the face of a goddess.

No doubt there will be many comparisons between this book and another well known historical fiction novel, The Other Boleyn Girl (you can see my review here) most likely due to the ambitious nature of both Ann Boleyn and Nefertiti, and yet this novel stands on it’s own as a great piece of fiction. What I loved about this book, and realize that only a skilled writer could pull off, is the character of Nefertiti. Yes, she is portrayed as a power-hungry, hardened, dare I say “bitchy” woman who will do anything to retain the crown, and yet there is a vulnerability to her that makes you see that yes, like the rest of us, she is just human. In the end, even though the author portrayed Nefertiti in not the most flattering light, I was sympathetic to her character and found myself saddened at the moment of her death. Now that is good writing!

On a side note, as I was reading this book I came upon this picture of Angelina Jolie over at Hooked on Houses and immediately thought that the picture has a striking similarity to the book cover. Could Nefertiti have been reincarnated into Angelina? 🙂

Michelle Moran is realeasing her next novel, The Heretic Queen, this September and will follow up with Cleopatra’s Daughter in 2009. Be sure to check out her website for more information. She also has a wonderful section on her site full of photographs of her travels, which include famous Egyptian artifacts. Also, check out Iliana’s post about the book and her trip to Berlin, where she actually got to see the bust of Nefertiti! 

Now for the giveaway – if this novel sounds interesting to you and you would like to win a copy of the book, please leave a comment here by midnight EST time on Monday, June 23rd and you will automatically be entered to win a copy of Nefertiti. For an even better chance to win, post about this contest on your own blog (linking back to this post) and your name will be entered twice! I will announce the winner on Tuesday the 24th and will post a Q&A session with Michelle Moran at that time. Good luck!

 

 

 

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112 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2008 8:40 am

    Me! Pick me! Post is up for a double entry. Thank you. I’m ready for some Historical Lit.

  2. June 16, 2008 8:40 am

    Sounds great! I enjoy historical fiction, but haven’t read much that’s set in ancient Egpyt – pieces of Anne Rice’s books and Jo Graham’s Black Ships (which I would highly recommend) are all that’s coming to mind. I’ll have to add this one to my wishlist!

  3. June 16, 2008 9:08 am

    Sounds like a great book. Please throw my name into the ring.

  4. June 16, 2008 9:28 am

    Sounds great – I loved the Other Boleyn Girl! Please enter me in the give away 🙂

  5. June 16, 2008 9:30 am

    I want to be in the giveaway! You always give away the most popular books, lol. And your new header (I don’t know how new, since I use a reader) is just adorable. 😀

  6. June 16, 2008 10:44 am

    Oh, this does look excellent. I love stuff like this. You’re got me totally intrigued about it now. I hope I win! -Julia 🙂

    P.S. It doesn’t seem like much of a stretch at all to imagine Angelina was Nefertiti in a former life, does it??

  7. June 16, 2008 11:01 am

    This is one of those books I keep meaning to read and just haven’t gotten around to it; I have no idea why. I have a soft spot for Egyptian fiction.

    Thanks for the link to the website. Now I’m awaiting HERETIC QUEEN, too!

  8. Swapna permalink
    June 16, 2008 11:54 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this book forever, I’d love to be entered in the giveaway!!!

  9. June 16, 2008 12:20 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  10. June 16, 2008 12:28 pm

    Sounds like a good book! Please enter me in the giveaway.

  11. June 16, 2008 12:38 pm

    oh, I want to win this one I have been eyeing it since someone else reviewed it….can’t wait!!!!! Count me in, I really hope I get it. Thanks so much for this giveaway, great stuff.

  12. June 16, 2008 1:31 pm

    I love me some historical fiction, and some bitchy women. Count me in.

  13. June 16, 2008 1:47 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this book since every review I read raves about the book. Hopefully my husband and I will be taking our belated honeymoon to Egypt this winter so I’ll want to make sure I read this before I go…or maybe while I’m there on the banks of the Red Sea 🙂

  14. June 16, 2008 5:20 pm

    This sounds like a great book. Enter me please!

  15. June 16, 2008 6:14 pm

    This sounds like a great read. Have you read Helen of Troy? I liked that one as well, especially the perspective. Please throw my hat in this ring, and I’ll let my readers know about the contest as well. Thanks!! 🙂

  16. June 16, 2008 6:47 pm

    This book sounds excellent – I would love to win it. I’ll announce your contest on my blog in the next couple of days. Thanks!

  17. June 16, 2008 6:47 pm

    this sounds like an awesome book! i would love the chance to win a copy! sign me up please!

  18. June 16, 2008 7:49 pm

    Love the comparison with the Angelina Jolie photo.

  19. Kim permalink
    June 16, 2008 8:16 pm

    Sounds like a good book, count me in!

  20. June 16, 2008 8:30 pm

    I’d love to read this book – count me in too!

  21. June 16, 2008 8:57 pm

    No need to enter me; I’m just dropping by to let you know I blogged about this over at my Win a Book blog. Hope you get lots of entries. I know I’m going to add this book to my various wishlists from your great write-up of it.

  22. June 16, 2008 9:54 pm

    This sounds like such an interesting story–please enter my name into the contest!

  23. June 16, 2008 9:56 pm

    Sounds like a great book! Please enter my name too! 🙂

  24. June 16, 2008 10:08 pm

    I’m new to the book blogosphere, but I’ve heard about this book in a couple of different places and think it sounds interesting. Please enter me!

  25. Michelle Rosborough permalink
    June 16, 2008 10:54 pm

    I’d love to read this book

  26. June 17, 2008 12:42 am

    This sounds like a great book. I’ve heard you mention it before and even if I don’t win… I’m totally adding it to my TBR list.

  27. June 17, 2008 2:04 am

    Sounds like a great book. Please enter me!

  28. June 17, 2008 2:46 am

    Oof. Another addition to the growing to-read list! I’ve heard a lot of good about this one.

  29. June 17, 2008 6:05 am

    You really drew me in with your review! i love the cover art and would like to throw my name in the hat for the book. I agree with you that Angelina would make a very regal and stunning Nefertiti.
    (Side note… one of my best friends back home in Maryland had a cat named Nefertiti.)

  30. June 17, 2008 11:55 am

    I’ve had my eye on this one after some recent reviews, so I would love to be entered.

    One thing that I didn’t care for with The Other Boleyn Girl is that Anne was not portrayed as a sympathetic character–maybe perhaps because the book is through Mary’s eyes. I admire a writer that can make a strong person vulnerable as well–because aren’t we all a little that way sometimes? Great review! (and yes, I think you might be right about Angelina)

  31. June 17, 2008 1:21 pm

    This sounds like a great book! Please enter me in the contest!

  32. Archana permalink
    June 17, 2008 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the review and giveaway. Please do count me in!

  33. June 17, 2008 4:39 pm

    Sweet! I’m glad I heard about this, the book looks really good.

  34. June 17, 2008 5:01 pm

    I’d love to be entered!!

  35. June 17, 2008 6:51 pm

    sounds like a great book. Onto the wishlist it goes

  36. Elizabeth M. permalink
    June 17, 2008 7:46 pm

    Oh my gosh, my daughter is fascinated with everything relating to Egypt. She would eat this book up. I would very much like to give it to her so thanks for the chance to win it.

  37. June 17, 2008 8:38 pm

    This sounds like a great book, please enter me. Thanks!

  38. June 17, 2008 8:38 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks for the great contest!

  39. June 17, 2008 9:23 pm

    Oooooh, I’m going to read this one. Sounds too good not to.

    Please don’t enter me though, since I just checked & it’s available at my library – I’m going to try to check it out before the weekend.

    Great review, thanks for sharing!

  40. June 18, 2008 12:19 am

    I’d love to be entered! Thanks!

  41. Sarah permalink
    June 18, 2008 1:55 pm

    I’ve come over from your F&C blog and this is my first post here. I will soon have more time for reading (as kiddos start school and I change my schedule to work just weekdays instead of combo weekdays/evenings) so I’d love to be entered in the contest.

    Thanks!

  42. June 18, 2008 3:18 pm

    Put my name in the hat please! Great review. It sounds like an excellent book.

  43. callmeabookworm permalink
    June 18, 2008 8:39 pm

    Being a fan of Historicals, I’d LOVE to read this book. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about it. In fact, I even entered a contest on the author’s site to win this book, but alas… Hope I’ll be luckier here 🙂

    I’ve also blogged at A Book Blogger’s Diary. Thanks!

    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

  44. Jessica Lucas permalink
    June 18, 2008 9:41 pm

    this book sounds so interesting, count me in!

  45. callmeabookworm permalink
    June 18, 2008 9:49 pm

    Btw, I’m having a THREE BOOKS giveaway on my blog. Come on by and please help spread word!

    Father’s Day Giveaway – St.Martins

    Thanks!

  46. June 19, 2008 12:13 am

    I posted about your giveaway, and now I’ve read several more rave reviews about the book. I’m definitely planning to read it, even if I’m not the lucky one.

  47. June 19, 2008 12:40 am

    I’d love a chance to win this book! Thanks for the great review and recommendation.

  48. Cindi permalink
    June 19, 2008 12:52 am

    Greetings! I go to Michelle Moran’s site a lot. I read about her trips and such. Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. I really appreciate it.
    Thanks, Cindi

  49. Kimberly B. permalink
    June 19, 2008 3:39 am

    I’d love to win this! I’m getting my PhD. in ancient history, but I’ve not found too many great novels set in the ancient world. This one sounds great!

  50. June 19, 2008 3:52 am

    Hi – have just this morning discovered your blog – it’s good reading!! (poor Howie with the bum ear!)

    This sounds like a good book to read – can I win it please!! 😉

  51. ladytink534 permalink
    June 19, 2008 9:29 am

    I’d love to be entered! I remember seeing a Discovery Channel (?) TV special about her that I thought was really cool (and I usually don’t watch that channel too often).

    You know you may be on to something there, Jolie has a very queenly aura about her. More so than most celebs.

  52. Ana O. permalink
    June 19, 2008 9:52 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! 🙂

  53. Ashley permalink
    June 19, 2008 10:52 am

    Sounds so good!

  54. Karina permalink
    June 19, 2008 11:48 am

    This sounds right up my alley. I love historical fiction, and really love Egyptian history. I homeschool my boys, and that’s one of my favorite time periods to teach them.

  55. June 19, 2008 12:05 pm

    i have always loved egyptian history and i’m an historical fiction junkie! please add my name as well!

  56. Sassy Mama Bear permalink
    June 19, 2008 1:09 pm

    I love Egyptology and historical fiction, so would love to be added in for the contest.

    ~ Penelope Anne

  57. Kam A permalink
    June 19, 2008 3:12 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting book!

  58. bexadler permalink
    June 19, 2008 5:15 pm

    Oh wow! This one sounds like a good one. Please enter me in the contest. Oh, and I love the Angelina/Nefertiti comparison.

  59. ruth permalink
    June 19, 2008 5:20 pm

    This book is wonderful and appeals to me greatly. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

  60. June 19, 2008 9:54 pm

    I would love to be entered to win this book, sounds very interesting.

    Thanks for the link at A Book Blogger’s Diary.

  61. June 19, 2008 10:22 pm

    Thanks for the great offer – please enter me!

  62. June 19, 2008 11:20 pm

    Sounds like a really good book!

  63. 2twins permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:28 pm

    I’d love to win this book! I’ve been fascinated with ancient Egypt since I read an adventure story about the pyramidsin Jack & Jill magazine when I was 8 years old!

  64. June 20, 2008 5:47 pm

    I’d love it if you entered me in the drawing. It sounds like a really great book!

  65. June 20, 2008 6:49 pm

    Sounds like a great book. Please enter me.

  66. June 20, 2008 7:29 pm

    Great review! I linked your review and contest to my own of this book. Don’t enter me in the contest as I’ve already got my own copy.

  67. Laura K permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:10 pm

    Please enter me into your contest. Love Egyptian stuff and this books sounds up my alley.

  68. June 20, 2008 9:18 pm

    This book sounds really good, I’d love to read it!

  69. June 20, 2008 11:29 pm

    Another glowing review of Nefertiti! And haha about Angelina being the reincarnation!
    I’d love to have my name thrown in the hat. It seems one that I’ll have to seek out even if I don’t win. BTW, I’ll blog about your giveaway in my Sunday Salon this weekend.

  70. trish permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:24 pm

    I love historical fiction. Would you enter me in this giveaway, please?

  71. June 21, 2008 6:48 pm

    It would be a fascinating book. Would love to have it. I will link back to you on my blog.

  72. June 21, 2008 9:26 pm

    This looks absolutely wonderful!

  73. June 21, 2008 11:23 pm

    I love exotic settings and this sounds like a compelling read. I’ll link back to you on my blog.

  74. Justine Brewer permalink
    June 22, 2008 2:00 am

    Sounds like a good one, please enter me. thanks!

  75. June 22, 2008 4:59 pm

    Oh, this one’s on my wishlist! Please enter me!

  76. June 22, 2008 7:07 pm

    sounds like an interesting story, please enter me!

  77. June 22, 2008 9:06 pm

    I will definitely have to try this book since you were telling me about it. Maybe it will be a movie someday and it is obvious that Angelina Jolie could play the lead.

  78. June 22, 2008 10:48 pm

    I’m a fan of Egyptian fiction, so please enter me as well! Thank you for offering the contest!

  79. John MacDonald permalink
    June 23, 2008 9:59 am

    Sounds like a terrific book. Please count me in.

  80. Shaun Wallner permalink
    June 23, 2008 10:09 am

    This sounds like a great book! cant wait to read it.

  81. Flora Presley permalink
    June 23, 2008 10:49 am

    History and historical romance are my favorite genres. Would love this book!

  82. Linda Peters permalink
    June 23, 2008 2:38 pm

    would love to read this

  83. Diana Corlett permalink
    June 23, 2008 2:51 pm

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  84. June 23, 2008 3:44 pm

    You are making my amazon wishlist long! 🙂

  85. Linda Pinto permalink
    June 23, 2008 3:58 pm

    This is a most unusual setting for fiction. Please enter me in the contest.

  86. Lucinda permalink
    June 23, 2008 4:03 pm

    I would love to read this book!

  87. Catalina K permalink
    June 23, 2008 4:37 pm

    What a great contest! I would love to win it!

  88. June 23, 2008 4:40 pm

    I like books that have some historical basis.
    Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

  89. Rita A. permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:29 pm

    I have always been fascinated by the history of the pharoahs. This sounds great.

  90. philip halter permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:35 pm

    great book

  91. John Sweeney permalink
    June 23, 2008 6:29 pm

    Love this stuff!

  92. judy brittle permalink
    June 23, 2008 6:31 pm

    it sounds pretty interesting. i would like to read this.

  93. mark permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:43 pm

    count me in

  94. Stephanie Bruce permalink
    June 23, 2008 8:58 pm

    I really love all the ancient egypt stuff I really got into it when the show ROme season 2 with cleopatra

  95. L McLendon permalink
    June 23, 2008 9:55 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read and thanks for bringing it to my attention, now if only to win?!

    Thanks for the chance.

  96. Peggy Gorman permalink
    June 23, 2008 11:08 pm

    This is one book I would love to read,count me in

  97. Betty Shoemaker permalink
    June 24, 2008 8:44 am

    I love to read!!! would like to read this book, thanks for the opportunity

  98. kathy pease permalink
    June 24, 2008 11:52 am

    count me in please 🙂

  99. Kathy Conley permalink
    June 24, 2008 12:05 pm

    Not only does it sound interesting, but as a history teacher, it sound useful!

  100. Pamela White permalink
    June 24, 2008 6:09 pm

    I would love the book it is interesting that one of the most powerful women in history was almost erased from history.

  101. July 13, 2008 8:59 am

    I’d love to read this! Please enter me!

  102. B Brubaker permalink
    May 12, 2010 8:28 pm

    Does Michelle list her sources for this book? Where do the images of Nefertiti come from? How accurate are they? Enter me. I want to know more.

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