Book Review |The Pharaoh’s Daughter

I have always been interested in Ancient Egypt. I remember as an Elementary school student seriously considering becoming an Egyptologist. I loved learning about Cleopatra, the New Kingdom, the connections in the Old Testament, etc.

I love all the different versions of the Moses story, both movies (especially Prince of Egypt) and novels.

So, when I saw the cover of The Pharaoh’s Daughter and read the back, I was instantly excited to read it.

Isn’t that cover art absolutely stunningly beautiful?

The Pharaoh’s Daughter is written by Mesu Andrews, a Christian author. She did her research on Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament to write this first of a series called Treasures of the Nile.

This novel follows Anippe, the daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who is also sister of Pharaoh Tut, and is the woman who picked Moses out of the reed basket on the Nile. It follows her story from her childhood, to her first marriage, saving Moses, raising him, making friends with Miriam and other Hebrews, dealing with her emotionally challenged sister, and the Civil War that ensued after Tut’s death.

I absolutely loved it! I loved how Anippe wasn’t a strong-hearted protagonist. I love how Mesu Andrews entwined her imagination with her research. The story was compelling, always keeping a feeling of tension (as would be necessary with dealing with Pharaohs and Hebrew slaves)! Although the novel seemed to close (sort of) for Anippe, it was before Moses killed the Egyptian that began his journey to being a prophet. Which means that it must happen during the 2nd installment, which will focus on Miriam…and doesn’t come out until 2016!


I devoured this book, and it’s been a long time since that has happened to me! One night, I even stayed up until 2AM reading it!

I definitely recommend this series! So good!

You can purchase the novel physically or via ebook here.
For more on Mesu Andrews and the novels she’s read, click here.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.*

Would you be interested in reading this novel? Why or why not?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Hannah R.

    If you love Ancient Egypt try reading, Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. It's a thrilling story about a slave girl who yearns for freedom. In order to gain it, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two enemies. It is an excellent book! 🙂

  • I'm going to have to check this book out.

    I'm in a big choir and we had our concerts last week. One of the songs we performed was Deliver Us from Prince of Egypt. We rehearsed that song a million times, but when we were in the middle of the first live performance in front of an audience on the STAGE, and Moses's mother is about to put him in the basket, I almost LOST IT. Totally unexpected emotions. I guess that moment just never really sunk in for me before. Very weird.

    Anyway, I've been thinking about that whole story ever since, so this sounds like a perfect book to read.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    I loved learning about Egypt, too! Everything about pharaohs and the pyramids has always captivated me. Definitely adding this to the always expanding reading list!

  • Christine Webb

    Thanks for doing book reviews! I read My Story by Elizabeth Smart based on your recommendation, and I loved it! I'll have to read this one too!

  • Ooh, I'll have to pick this up at the library! I had the same fascination for Egyptian culture as a child–I still think it's fascinating. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  • It's definitely great! And, an easy read!

  • It's so fascinating! Not mystical at all, but it's still so captivating!

  • I absolutely LOVE Prince of Egypt!!!!!!

  • That's sounds like an interesting read…I'll have to check it out!

  • Thank you so much! It means a lot that someone trusts my book recommendations!