Book Review: Sphinx's Queen by: Esther Friesner



Rating:
4/5

Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers

Publish Date:
September 28, 2010

Origins:
From Publisher for Review

Format:
Hardcover

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Ancient Egypt springs to life in this enthralling sequel to Sphinx’s Princess. As she did in Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize, author Esther Friesner offers readers a fresh look at an iconic figure, blending historical fiction and mythology in a heady concoction.

Hunted . . . Overnight, every aspect of Nefertiti’s life has changed. She is no longer living at the royal palace as the intended bride of the crown prince. Instead, she is being chased by the prince and his soldiers for a crime she did not commit.

Hidden . . . Traveling with two of her dearest friends, including the crown prince’s brother, who helped her escape, Nefertiti takes shelter in the wild hills along the Nile’s west bank. She must rely on her own resourcefulness and skills (all those secret archery lessons prove very useful) as the fugitives fight to survive.

Haunted . . . But the need for justice gnaws at Nefertiti. She is determined to plead her case to the Pharaoh and set things right. As she begins to question long-held sacred beliefs—a questioning that could alter the fabric of Egyptian society—her extraordinary journey from commoner to royalty brings adventure, intrigue, and romance.

Review: Nefertiti has been accused of a crime - the killing of a cat, sacred to Bast - for which the penalty is death. She escapes and tries to make her way to the one place where she knows she'll be heard and hopefully granted justice. The Sphinx's Queen follows Nefertiti, her friend, and the crown prince's brother as they make their way to the Pharaoh. They must keep hidden lest the crown prince's men discover them and only the gods know what their fate would be.

I never read 'Sphinx's Princess' and I couldn't tell the difference as there was enough back story so I understood how Nefertiti got into her current predicament. I liked the book a lot and it definitely put a new spin on a historical figure as truth blended with fiction. A wonderful story for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Sphinx's Princess Series: Sphinx's Princess (1), Sphinx's Queen (2)


8 comments:

  1. I don't think that this sounds historically correct. It's mostly fiction than it is historical!

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  2. I actually just came across this book and the Sphinx's Princess at B&N. I am a huge lover of anything Egypt and can't wait to read it - great review!

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  3. A new book for me. Thanks for the review.

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  4. Sounds intriguing, though I like to know to what extent the fiction is historical.

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  5. Think of it more as 'alternate' history.

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  6. There is not alot known about Queen Nefertiti. All that hisorial facts show was that she was Queen, had 6 children and all of them were girls. We do not know weather or not she was born in to poverty or in weatlh but it is however known that her fathers name was Aye, stepmother's was Mery and her step sisters was named Mutnodjmet. Also that when she did marry Amenhotep IV there were every much in love. Her Husband Treated her as a equal and she helped rule. They changed the epyut in to a one god religion and throw out all the old beliefs.(that was later on changed by Tutankhaten, but he changed it to Tutankhamen later. When he took the throne. aka king Tut.) We have yet to find her resting place.

    All the KNOWN facts about Nefertiti are brought up.I love personal how the Author used her imagination to fill in the rest of the details.Esther Friesner come up with a creative way to tell us about this mysterious but yet so real of a woman.

    I read both the Sphinx's Princess and the Sphins's Queen and you might as well have guess i love both of them.

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  7. There is not alot known about Queen Nefertiti. All that hisorial facts show was that she was Queen, had 6 children and all of them were girls. We do not know weather or not she was born in to poverty or in weatlh but it is however known that her fathers name was Aye, stepmother's was Mery and her step sisters was named Mutnodjmet. Also that when she did marry Amenhotep IV there were every much in love. Her Husband Treated her as a equal and she helped rule. They changed the epyut in to a one god religion and throw out all the old beliefs.(that was later on changed by Tutankhaten, but he changed it to Tutankhamen later. When he took the throne. aka king Tut.) We have yet to find her resting place.

    All the KNOWN facts about Nefertiti are brought up.I love personal how the Author used her imagination to fill in the rest of the details.Esther Friesner come up with a creative way to tell us about this mysterious but yet so real of a woman.

    I read both the Sphinx's Princess and the Sphins's Queen and you might as well have guess i love both of them.

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  8. There is not alot known about Queen Nefertiti. All that hisorial facts show was that she was Queen, had 6 children and all of them were girls. We do not know weather or not she was born in to poverty or in weatlh but it is however known that her fathers name was Aye, stepmother's was Mery and her step sisters was named Mutnodjmet. Also that when she did marry Amenhotep IV there were every much in love. Her Husband Treated her as a equal and she helped rule. They changed the epyut in to a one god religion and throw out all the old beliefs.(that was later on changed by Tutankhaten, but he changed it to Tutankhamen later. When he took the throne. aka king Tut.) We have yet to find her resting place.

    All the KNOWN facts about Nefertiti are brought up.I love personal how the Author used her imagination to fill in the rest of the details.Esther Friesner come up with a creative way to tell us about this mysterious but yet so real of a woman.

    I read both the Sphinx's Princess and the Sphins's Queen and you might as well have guess i love both of them.

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