Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews
From the publisher:
Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?
Mesu Andrews has done a lot of research for this novel and you can tell. Especially when you read the author notes at the end you realize how much work she has done.
There are a lot of names in the book but once you get into the story the names are easy to navigate. There was depth and dimensions to the main and secondary characters.
This is nothing again the author, but the amount of depth, betrayal, and killing was not something I enjoyed reading. But I think she did an awesome job at showing the difference between those who served El Shaddai, and those who served the Egyptian gods and worshiped Pharaoh.
The last 1/3 of the book was my favorite and I wanted the book to continue so I could read more about Mehy and what happens next.
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Posted by Beth-Anne