Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
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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 by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husband’s perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises. The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see that the powerful priests, along with the military, are plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds—and brave enough to tell the queen—is her younger sister, Mutnodjmet.

Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister’s desire for power. She yearns for a quiet existence away from family duty and the intrigues of court. Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart. But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love. To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister, the most powerful woman in Egypt—while also remaining loyal to the needs of her family.

Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict—Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail. Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.

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About Michelle Moran

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MICHELLE MORAN's experiences at archaeological sites around the world motivated her to write historical fiction and continue to provide inspiration for her novels. She is the author of the national bestseller Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra's Daughter, and Madame Tussaud. Visit her online at
Published July 10, 2007 by Broadway Books. 482 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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This fictionalized life of the notorious queen is told from the point of view of her younger sister, Mutnodjmet. In 1351 B.C., Prince Amunhotep secretly kills his older brother and becomes next in

Apr 16 2007 | Read Full Review of Nefertiti: A Novel

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We see very clearly through Mutny’s unvarnished narration how much alike Akhenaten and Nefertiti are in their ambition and jealousy, even as Nefertiti fights to keep people she trusts close to her and Akhenaten pushes potential allies away, afraid they will usurp his power.

Jun 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Nefertiti: A Novel


The relationships between the characters (particularly that of Nefertiti and her sister Mutny, but others as well) are so well-developed and perfectly balanced within the story that this novel at once becomes everything from an epic tale about an ancient dynasty...

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Nefertiti hasn’t walked this earth for nearly 3500 years, but she is still remembered as a great beauty as evidenced by her bust which can be seen at the Neues Museum’s Egyptian Collection in Berlin, Germany.

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Some historians argue Nefertiti was a foreign princess, while others claim Nefertiti was a wife in Amunhotep III's harem.

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Nefertiti tells the story of a powerful woman's rise and fall in Ancient Egypt. Through the ...

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Caribous Mom

It’s a stand-alone book, but is so much more satisfying if you’ve read Nefertiti.

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The Story Girl

Then we are to have other more viable suspects other than Kiya (though no one really knows who Kiya is--- other than her sporting the title of Most Beloved Wife of Pharaoh Ankhenaten, to make it all short, and her being a prominent figure in the court during the Amarna Period as well as having he...

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Nefertiti Book Review Summary ... Mutny helps her sister, Nefertiti, navigate the religious and political intrigue of the Egyptian court to become the Queen of ...

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I’ve only dipped into this book so far, but it promises much and has a Further Reading section with yet more books to look out for.

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I have only read 1 historical fiction so far so I guess that would have to be my favorite by default.

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