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Sphinx's Princess

by Esther Friesner

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YA historical fiction. Fact and fiction are beautifully interwoven. The reader feels that she is right there in ancient Egypt. The characters grow and develop, are interesting and unique. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Apr 15, 2014 |
I liked it so much, I immediately placed a hold on the sequel. ( )
  SpockMonkeys | Mar 29, 2014 |
Plot: 3 1/2 stars
Characters: 3 1/2 stars
Style: 3 stars
Pace: 3 stars

I don't know why I keep reading these. They're nothing amazing, nothing horrid, but just solidly charming and cute. They're easy to read, just... sweet. ( )
  Jami_Leigh | Mar 31, 2013 |
It's hard to find good historical fiction that is set in ancient Egypt, and Esther Friesner's cornered the market! Queen Nefertiti has always been a mysterious figure, and Friesner imagines her life as a young girl in Egypt, with great details from the land and the lives of the people who live there. Nefertiti is intelligent and curious, and manages to learn to read and write secretly through a family friend -- something that was not acceptable in their culture. She is also a skilled dancer, and beautiful. Her life changes when her father's powerful and scheming sister, Queen Tiye, decides that Nefertiti must marry her son Thutmose, in order to secure his place as the next Pharaoh. Nefertiti finds the royal palace a place of manipulative, nasty people who are willing to lie, cheat, steal and even kill in order to move up in Egyptian royal society. She befriends Tiye's younger son, who is ignored since his older brother is going to be Pharaoh, and he teaches her to drive chariots and shoot a bow and arrow. With a few servant girls and a young slave who is devoted to her, these are the only friends Nefertiti can count on when she is accused of a crime she didn't commit. Lots of excellent historical details and a fascinating imagined story of Nefertiti's early days. Sequel is Sphinx's Queen, coming out in late September. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
Sphinx's Princess, by Esther Friesner, is the story of a young egyptian girl named Nefertiti. Nefertiti is the daughter of Ay, who is a nobleman, and brother to Royal Wife Queen Tiye. Queen Tiye is the wife of the Pharaoh, and shows Nefertiti special attention because she is to be the crown princes wife. But Nefertiti hates Thutmos. He's arrogant, only looks out for himself, thinks everybody is plotting against him, and only speaks to Nefertiti when he has too. Alone, and without any friends except a child, Nava, Nefertiti searches out Amenophis, the younger son of Queen Tiye and the Pharaoh. They spend time together, and enjoy each others company. Nefertiti seems to have found a bright spot in a fallen world, until Queen Tiye ruins it. The Queen has many spies, and they have found out about their friendship. Thinking that Nefertiti is being disloyal to him, Thutmos tries to woo her.
Then Pharaoh starts to get sick. The palace is in an uproar, and magicians, priests, and many other people are called to help the Pharaoh. Finally, his health returns. Then the royal family decides to take a trip to a distant country and leave Thutmos in charge.
Nefertiti suddenly is taken from her rooms and put on trial for killing Thutmos's cat, Tia Mieu. Supposed evidence is the paw print on her dress, blood, and the scratches on the dress. The high priest of Amun even accuses Nefertiti of sorcery. With no room to move, Thutmos condemns Nefertiti to death. But before she is put to death, he decides to wait until Pharaoh gets back.
Pretending that he loves Nefertiti, Thutmos visits her everyday and brings her gifts. But secretly, he is plotting to kill her. One night, a bag is slipped into her room, containing a venomous viper. Nefertiti, warned by a sphinx in a dream she has, evades the snake and kills it. Then she makes her move to escape along with Nava. THE END.

Although I thought that this would be a really girly-girl story, it actually wasn't. I really liked this book because the main character, Nefertiti, had character, courage, showed friendship and all the other qualities needed in a hero. And I really loved the parts when Nefertiti stood up to Queen Tiye because it was funny. In addition, this story shows how small people can do big things. Amenophis shows that this can be done as he turns out to be a strong prince, not weak and sissy like everyone thought he was. I have to say that Nava was one of my favorite characters too. Even though she couldn't speak until the end of the story, it was amazing at how much actions can say. In conclusion, this story was very interesting to read and I look forward to reading more like it.
  liz.wong98 | Mar 31, 2011 |
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For Tom Hise,

one of the few real princes I know,

and for his wonderful wife, Jan,

the power behind the throne
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From the time of my first memories, my dreams were filled with lions – fierce, impossibly huge monsters with fiery manes and eyes black and cold as a starless night
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375856544, Hardcover)

Nefertiti was far more than just a pretty face.

Nefertiti may be the dutiful daughter of a commoner, but her inquisitive mind often gets her into situations that are far from ordinary, like receiving secret lessons from a scribe. And she’s the kind of girl who acts first, and apologizes later whenever she witnesses injustice or cruelty. But she is also extraordinarily beautiful. And news of her striking beauty and impulsive behavior attracts the attention of her aunt, the manipulative Queen Tiye, who sees Nefertiti as an ideal pawn in her desire for power. Even though Nefertiti is taken from her beloved family and forced into a life filled with courtly intrigue and danger, her spirit and mind will not rest. She continues to challenge herself and the boundaries of ancient Egyptian society.

Esther Friesner offers readers another fresh new look at an iconic figure—blending historical fiction and mythology in a thrilling concoction.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:29:39 -0400)

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Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti's dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.… (more)

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