When I reviewed Ms. Moran’s first novel, Nefertiti, I said “My one complaint with Nefertiti is that it leaves me longing for a sequel”. And although The Heretic Queen doesn’t exactly answer the questions I asked, it shows that the literary gods do, occasionally, take requests.
The Heretic Queen, is every bit as good as its predecessor. Nefertari was Ramses the Great’s beloved consort until the day she died. This is the story of how that came to be. We hear of palace intrigues, foreign invasions (including the famous battle of Kadesh), ground breaking diplomacy (the Hittite/Egyptian treaty), and the liberation of the Habiru. Ms. Moran skillfully takes what little we know of these larger than life historical figures, plus some legend and conjecture to forge a wonderful, plausible story.
This is an excellent read which I definitely recommend. I can’t wait for Ms. Moran’s next offering, Cleopatra’s Daughter.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars.