The Heretic Queen By Michelle Moran.
When Nefertari's entire family is killed in a fire, she's left to grow up alone, a spare princess in the palace of the new Pharaoh. Her young life is overshadowed by the past - the name of her infamous, aunt, Nefertiti, the Heretic Queen, still strikes terror into the souls of Egyptians. So, when she finds herself falling in love with the young Pharaoh, Ramesses, she knows it's not going to be easy to win his heart.
But when the Pharaoh's aunt takes Nefertari under her wing and begins to educate her in the way's to gain a man's attention - and hold it - marriage to him seems within her reach. Yet, even as Ramesses declares his love for her, she knows there's more work to be done. If she's to be Queen, all of Egypt must recognise her worth and overcome her connection to the dark, heretical days of the past.
Ramesses will face challenges from all sides: war, drought, conquest and the determination of a man named Ahmoses will all threaten his reign. Could Egypt's rulers, and more importantly her people, ever allow him to marry the woman he loves, let alone make her his Queen?
.... from the inner, front cover.
Having read many novels set in Egypt, many of them involving Ramesses, I'm afraid this book was one of the poorest. There seemed to be so many different strands to the story that were started and, yet, never finished.
'Ramesses will face challenges from all sides, war, drought, conquest' and so on, claimed the synopsis of the book. Sounds exciting? But, I'm afraid it wasn't as so many of the story lines were simply skimmed over and not gone into in any great depth. I don't think it helped that the characters were also poorly written and, on the whole, quite one dimensional.
However at times, the reader was given, an albeit fleeting, glimpse of what life was like in Egypt at that time and just how hierarchical society was which may have just saved it from being an altogether uninteresting, uninspiring read.
MY RATING: 1.5 out of a possible 5.