The Heretic Queen is the story of Nefertari, niece of the infamous Pharaoh Nefertiti who ruled Egypt with Akenaten, the pharaoh who abandoned the traditional gods of the country. Because of her aunt and uncle’s actions, Nefertari’s entire family has been erased from the history of Egypt. As an orphan princess, Nefertari is raised in the court of Seti alongside Ramesses. Unbeknownst to the young princess she is the pawn of the treacherous sister of Seti, who seeks to enrich herself at the expense of her nephew and of the country.
From early childhood Nefertari has looked upon Ramesses with love and sees in him not only a fierce personal protector but the brave guardian of Egypt. She prays daily to the gods to open Ramesses eyes to her love, and take her not only as wife but Chief Wife. As such her name would be carved in the history of Eqypt and thus restore the name of her family. And should she produce the first-born son of Ramesses, her child would continue to rule Egypt. But first she will need to win over the people, who still hate her family. Not an easy thing to do when roadblocks are thrown in her way.
But this is a court and there is intrigue, drama, and assassination plots aplenty. With detailed descriptions of the palaces, temples, and cities, the reader will soon be lost in the heat of the desert and the flames of heated tempers.
The Heretic Queen is the second book in the Egyptian Royals Collection series that recounts the lives of powerful Egyptian women; women who have ruled alongside their pharaoh husbands or even in their stead. Several characters from the first book of the series reappear and link the two tales. An easy read and one that will have you lost in the story by the second page.
I found this book to be engrossing, engaging (there’s a glossary of terms used by the Egyptians along with a map of the land in the time period covered), and memorable.
Rating: 5 stars