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