Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Review: The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Back Cover:
“You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug. 
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back. 
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.

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?

The Positives:
This book was amazing! It pulled me in from the beginning. I've only read one other book that's based in Ancient Egypt, so it was interesting to read another one. I love how the author wove the the characters together. It was something I never thought of that Tut could have been Pharaoh at the time of baby Moses and he was the one that ordered that the baby Hebrew boys be killed.
Anippe was one of those main characters that's very vulnerable, but she was strong when she needed to be. Her story was incredible. She saved Moses because she was afraid of bearing her own children and she had to go to great lengths to make sure no one everyone figured out that he was not her child.
As in the movies, Moses was just a Prince and not really doing anything important with his time. But I think books are much more accurate than movies. Moses was literally trained to be Pharoah one day.
I think is very historically accurate. I never really thought a lot about what really happened to Moses and his adopted mother. It is fiction, but something like this might have happened.

The Negatives:
Nothing for me!

I loved this book! It was well written and the story was compelling. I would definitely recommend it! I cannot wait to read book two!

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