Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Book Review: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Hey cupcakes! A couple of weeks ago I realized that I stare at screens wayyyy too much during the day. College requires me to use my laptop almost all the time for coursework and then when I finally have some free time I get sucked into YouTube or Food Network. I have been trying to avoid using screens when I have extra time now, so I went to one of the libraries on campus and checked out The Heretic Queen to read instead. I decided I would review this book for you all today! :)

This book was written by Michelle Moran and published in 2008. If you don't know this about me, I am obsessed with Ancient Egypt. I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was younger, and I honestly still kind of do haha. If you read my August 2017 book review post, you will notice that I tend to read a lot of Egypt books. :P However, these books are usually non-fiction, but I decided to adventure over to the historical fiction genre with this novel.

Honestly, I thought this book was amazing!!!! Michelle used Ancient Egyptian characters, cultural aspects, and history but then added her own plot points to write a very creative book. The story focuses on two main characters: Ramesses II and Nefertari (the niece of Nefertiti). These characters were actual people in Ancient Egypt, and it was so interesting to read about their adventures in the palace. I think both of them were nicely fleshed out characters, which kept me enthralled with their lives throughout the story. I also am a huge fan of these two in general, because they have a historic record of being so in love with each other! Awwww!

While the plot does add on to the actual historic account of this pharaoh and his wife, it definitely keeps you on your toes! Ancient Egyptian palace life was always full of drama just because there were so many people who had different suggestions for who should be the next pharaoh. There was a ton of romance, action, and even comedy in this novel, and I literally could not put it down. I sat on my bed and put off all of my homework just so I could finish it in one night (which probs wasn't the best for my homework haha)!

Lastly, I think this book was a great historical fiction because even if you weren't an Egyptian expert the book would still be easy to understand. Anything that needed explaining was explained in the novel, which made it more informational than your average fiction book. I also loved how there was a whole epilogue that explained what we actually know about Ramesses II and Nefertari and what plot points, characters, etc. Michelle added! If you are looking for a fun read, I definitely suggest checking out this book!

What book have you read recently? Comment below your thoughts and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post! :)

Jenna the Egyptologist <3

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