Review: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
Author: Moran, Michelle
Length: 460 pages
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher / Year: Broadway Press / 2007
Source: Picked up on sale at Shoppers.
Why I Read It: I really enjoyed a prior read by this author, and wanted to read more on Nefertiti.
Date Read: 01/03/12
After reading a non-fiction book about Nefertiti’s life, I realized I had another book on her on my shelf and I had to go search it out. I had picked this up from a sale rack last year as I remembered enjoying a different work by the author. After reading the non-fiction work, it was fun to read this work of fiction and see one way in which her story has been interpreted.
As Tyldesley said in her work, we cannot know the full truth of Nefertiti’s life and death, or of those around her, but we have some best guesses and assumptions. Moran uses many of the assumptions and best guesses in this novel that Tyldesley had outlined in her own work. There were a few things that hadn’t been mentioned, but overall it seemed fairly accurate to the latest archaeological facts and findings. In addition to being quite accurate, the book was very engaging and provided a great story. in a book so based on historical fact it is surely an accomplishment to also keep the reader enthralled and provide action, romance, and drama as well as the history.
Nefertiti is told from the point of view of her sister, Mutnodjmet. By telling the story from this point of view we get to see how Nefertiti and Akhenaten ruled and the ways in which they interacted with others, in this fictional imagining of life. I really enjoyed Mutnodjmet as a main character, and loved the way her interactions with her sister showed how different they were but how much they each depended on the other as well.
Definitely one I’d recommend for lovers of historical fiction.