Sunday, October 25, 2009

Added to the Pile + 16

It was Michelle Moran week in my mailbox! I received some bookmarks directly from the author herself but I scored in the contest sector for her books! I won The Heretic Queen from Paradox at Paradoxical and Cleopatra's Daughter from Dannie at Opinionated? Me? I've wanted the latter for a while and, you know, persistence pays off. After entering numerous contests, I finally won a copy! Yay!

In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family–with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.


Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets th
e country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history. (from bn.com)

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts. (from bn.com)

5 comments:

Bethie said...

This looks like a good one. I entered to win this several time to no avail :(.

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D

Same here - I've entered a few also with no luck yet, but I'm glad you snagged 'em :) They sound especially interesting since I enjoy historical fiction.

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These look really good.

Rebecca said...

Great books. I have a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter. I must read it soon. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Emily said...

I've seen these books mentioned in a lot of places but never really looked into them until now. Thanks for reminding me about them!

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