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  • Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Quercus Publishing (26. Dezember 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1847247229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847247223
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 2,6 x 19,8 cm
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A fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable! - Diana Gabaldon Hugely enjoyable - Daily Express

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When Nefertari's entire family is killed in a fire, she's left to grow up alone, a spare princess in the palace of the new Pharaoh. Her young life is overshadowed by the past - the name of her infamous aunt, Nefertiti, the Heretic Queen, still strikes terror into the hearts of Egyptians. So, when she finds herself falling in love with the young Pharaoh, Ramesses, she knows it's not going to be easy to win his heart.But when the Pharaoh's aunt takes Nefertari under her wing and begins to educate her in the ways to gain a man's attention - and hold it - marriage to him seems within her reach.Yet, even as Ramesses declares his love for her, she knows there's more work to be done. If she's to be queen, all of Egypt must recognise her worth and overcome her connection to the dark, heretical days of the past. Ramesses will face challenges from all sides: war, drought, conquest and the determination of a man named Ahmoses will all threaten his reign. Could Egypt's rulers, and more importantly her people, ever allow him to marry the woman he loves, let alone make her his Queen?

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If you ever have seen or visited the world famous twin temples of Abu Simbel you will never forget them. They were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh. Ramses II
was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh. This was the most glorious time of Egypt's history.

But not only Pharaoh was out-standing, his consort too. Nefertari - means Beautiful Companion - was his Great Royal Wife, his Queen Consort we might say today.She is one of the best known Egyptian queens, next to Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut.

Although Nefertari's origins are unknown, discoveries from her tomb, including a cartouche of Pharaoh Ay, suggest she may have been related to the 18th Dynasty.

And this is the starting point of Michelle Moran's second novel, the sequence of her first wonderful book on Nefertiti. Nefertari is Nefertiti's niece. She is last princess of the 18th dynasty to survive: Her aunt and uncle Echnaton had disposed all the gods of Egypt for just one: the Aton. This was herecy and like her uncle and aunt she is regarded as a heretic: this is her heritage, her legacy and her liability.

This already shows that Moran is brilliantly merging fact and fiction, based on research, filling historical gaps with plausible imagination. Rich in details her novel is a dazzling recreation of the life of a Queen, with is filled with the rigors of court politics, the passion of the all powerful, the sights and sounds of battle and the love of two gifted personalities.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von C.Foerster am 9. Mai 2010
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Ich fand "Nefertiti" schon absolut klasse. Als ich sah, dass in "The Heretic Queen" nicht mehr Mutnodjmet, sondern ihre Tochter die Hauptrolle spielt, war ich erst etwas enttäuscht, weil ich Mutnodjmet sehr gern mochte. Außerdem hat mich anfangs etwas gestört, dass man ewig nicht erfährt, was nun eigentlich mit Nefertaris Familie passiert ist, aber als ich dann zum entscheidenden Teil kam, war die Enthüllung umso spannender! Moran kann unglaublich gut Charaktere formen, die man während des Lesens quasi vor sich sehen kann. Dabei gibt es zwar sowohl 100%ig gute als auch schlechte Personen, was immer ein bisschen zu simpel für den Leser ist, was die Sympathien angeht, aber bei einigen Figuren schwankt man zwischen Mitleid und Ärger.

Die Theorie, dass Nefertari, die große königliche Gemahlin Ramses' II., eine Verwandte der "Ketzerkönigin" Nofretete ist, ist zwar umstritten, aber aufgrund einiger Indizien nicht ganz abwegig, deshalb finde ich es auch historisch gesehen interessant, wie dieser Frau eine Lebensgeschichte gegeben wird. Ich empfehle eine kleine Recherche dazu, dann weiß man auch die Details des Buches zu schätzen.

Wer gern mal ein Buch über Nefertari und Ramses II. lesen will, das nicht so öde und nervig ist wie die Ramses-Reihe von Christian Jacq, der sollte hier zugreifen!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Fuchs Joan am 17. April 2010
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Wie schon bei "Nefertiti" zeigt sich hier ein unglaublich detailliertes, farbiges, komplexes Bild des Alten Aegypten um Ramses II und Nefertari. Das Buch verschlingt man gerade nur so und ich würde eigentlich gern noch einen zusätzlichen Stern geben, denn anders als beim ersten Buch, ist hier ein Glossar und ein Kalender vorhanden, so dass man nicht immer raten muss, wovon nun gesprochen wird und wann sich das Ganze überhaupt abspielt. Eine sehr gelungene Geschicht, die ich in einem Zug verschlungen habe. Ich freue mich schon sehr auf das nächste Buch der Autorin!!! Kaufempfehlung!
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Michelle Moran hits a home run with her second novel! 28. September 2008
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Having read and enjoyed Nefertiti, I was really looking forward to reading this novel. I admit it was with a little trepidation as so often a much anticipated novel fails to live up to expectations, at least mine anyway!! I'm happy to report that this novel not only lived up to its hype but it exceeded it by far.

This is the story of Nefertari, niece of Nefertiti, the "Heretic Queen" and Ramses II. There is a beautiful love story between Ramses and Nefertarti, plenty of palace intrigue and plotting and scheming, battles, wars, pirates, evil priests, loyal friends, grand palaces, and even grander tombs. The author does such a good job of describing ancient Egypt that even though I know next to nothing about it, it came alive for me as I read. I could smell the figs wafting on the breeze, hear the roar of crowds, and practically see the grandeur of Egypt's Nineteenth dynasty.

Nefertari was a far more likeable heroine than Nefertiti and Rameses was a real hero as opposed to the self absorbed slightly psychotic Akhenaten from the author's first novel. The love story between Rameses and Nefertari was all the more special because it is real. Declarations such as: "My love is unique--no one can rival her, for she is the most beautiful woman alive. Just by passing, she has stolen away my heart" have stood for centuries as testament to one of the greatest love stories in history.

If you liked Nefertiti, you will love The Heretic Queen. I highly recommend it!

5/5 stars
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Delightful novel 5. Oktober 2008
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A bookseller that I have often ordered from has a special category for novels like this -- they are called "Thumping Good Reads". It's a category devised especially for novels that never aspire to be literature (no Virginia Woolf or James Joyce opus would qualify, perhaps) but provide hours of enjoyment and immersion in a parallel fictional universe. This novel -- as well as Moran's debut offering -- qualifies hands down.

The heroine is daughter of that first novel's central character, Nefertiti's sister Mutnodjmet. Aside from some chronological issues (you will have to close your eyes to the fact that too many years have elapsed, chronologically, for that parentage to be valid), Moran draws on an obviously extensive knowledge of ancient Egypt, and meshes that with compelling fiction. It's hard to find novels that can combine the two as effortlessly as she manages to do. It's so seamless, in fact, that you find yourself never questioning whether something is fact or fiction; instead, you are caught up in the story of Nefertari's efforts to achieve her destiny as Ramesses' chief wife and co-ruler. Which is just as it should be.

While Moran has set herself a challenge here -- living up to a great first book, and doing it based on a heroine who, compared to Nefertiti, is almost completely unknown beyond the world of Egyptology scholars -- she has succeeded triumphantly. I was gripped from the opening paragraphs, and was angry when I had to turn off my Kindle and stop reading when my plane landed.

By the way, while you're waiting for Moran's next book (which I am, eagerly -- her books now go onto my "must buy as soon as they are published" list) you may want to check out some of the novels by Pauline Gedge, the only other writer I know of to write fiction that is as believable and compelling as Moran.
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Michelle Moran does it again! 16. September 2008
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As we all know the Heretic Queen is Ms. Moran's second book. Once again she explores the ancient world of Egypt, something very few historical fiction authors have done.

The novel is about Nefetari who is well versed in various languages, doesn't shy away from warfare and is a very intelligent young woman. However, she is niece of Nefertiti and with that comes a lot of baggage. Since her aunt is called the "heretic queen" Nefertari is seen as an unimportant princess. Nefetari is dislike by the people, those at court don't want her around, and people shun her. Nefetari's family name has been tarnished and their sins cast a shadow over everything she wants to accomplish in life. How can she become the wife of Ramesses when everyone around Nefetari hates her? Iset, Ramesses first wife, seeks to become his Chief Wife and keep Nefetari at bay. Determined to have the world remember her family's name she seeks to win Ramesses heart and become Chief Wife while those around her try to destroy her.

For those looking for the biblical Mosses he's not in it, and Ms. Moran explains why she left him out in her historical note. Personally, I'm not a fan of biblical stories so I didn't miss Moses in the novel.

I know nothing about Egypt. I think most of us have studied it in high school, and maybe took a course in college. I don't remember much, and when I read The Heretic Queen I was pleased to see Ms. Morgan gives sufficient details in her novel without it becoming longwinded or like a history lecture. There is a fine line to be walked, and I think she did it wonderfully. As a reader I felt immersed in Egyptian culture.

At the back of the novel there is also a glossary of terms and a religious calendar to help readers. Also, there is an essay in the back about how Ms. Moran used historical facts, but when needed she bridged those facts with some creative writing.

For those who enjoyed Nefertiti they will enjoy the Heretic Queen because it has the same blend of interesting characters, back stabbing plots and great historical detail. I look forward to Cleopatra's Daughter!
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SUCH A CAT FIGHT! 3. Januar 2009
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While I basically enjoyed Moran's previous novel as fun fluff("Nefertiti") this one just didn't do it for me. Aside from all the historical mishaps (Yes. I know it's Historical Fiction), the main plot line was nothing more than an ancient Cinderella story. Nefertari is impossibly perfect, and her nemesis impossibly whiny.
It's a romance novel in disguise. Oh and that Ramesses, he's soooo dreamy. I dunno...looks like I'm the lone 2 star gal here among so many perfect 5 star reviews. Very curious.
By the way, read Pauline Gedge...I promise she has books you can intellectually appreciate. I feel Moran lowered the bar for herself on this one. I hope she leaves a lot of the shmaltzy stuff out of her next novel.
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A complex woman 7. Oktober 2008
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READ IT!! This book will really grab you. I am not an Egyptologist, or an Ancient History buff--just an ordinary reader--but I was drawn into the world of ancient Egypt in a way I never thought possible. And the reason for this was the voice of Nefertari, the main character. She is not actually the Heretic Queen, but that Queen's niece. Nefertari has to live with the burden of the reputation of her aunt, Nefertiti (whose story was the subject of Moran's first book). She grows up in the palace, and falls in love with the boy destined to become Pharaoah, but the people won't accept her as his wife. I won't spoil the story for you, but will say that Nefertari is a complex woman--smart and brave, but at the same time ambititious and scheming. It is this complexity that draws you into the story--and in my case, had me reading through the night, unable to put the book down. Like other reviewers, I appreciated learning details about ancient Egypt, particularly their views on the afterlife, but it was the character of Nefertari that really got me hooked. READ IT!!
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