Nefertiti: A Novel (Kindle Edition) by Michelle Moran
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Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries.
Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh.
It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship.
From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husband’s perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises.
The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see that the powerful priests, along with the military, are plotting against her husband’s rule.
The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds—and brave enough to tell the queen—is her younger sister, Mutnodjmet.
Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister’s desire for power. She yearns for a quiet existence away from family duty and the intrigues of court.
Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart.
But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love.
To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister, the most powerful woman in Egypt—while also remaining loyal to the needs of her family.
Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict—Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail.
Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.
“There haven’t been two more fascinating or outrageous siblings since the Boleyn sisters…Nefertiti is obsessive reading.”
– Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
“An engrossing page-turner, Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life as two royal sisters struggle to find fulfillment and happiness- one craving ultimate political power, the other desiring only to follow her heart. A strong debut novel of passion and intrigue, Nefertiti kept me up way too late!”
– India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter
“A provocative portrait of limitless power in an ancient land of limitless fascination.”
– Ki Longfellow, author of The Secret Magdalene
“Nefertiti is a fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable!”
–Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Breath of Snow and Ashes
About the Author
MICHELLE MORAN has a degree in English literature. She lives in California with her husband and cat, Anubis.