Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Daughter of the Gods

Idgie says:
A really hearty story of political intrigue, corruption, sex, and back-stabbing (literally!), all set in ancient Egypt.  Back then it was nothing to marry sisters, brothers, fathers, sons, mothers....whatever it took to keep the right bloodline on the throne.  Between the bloodline keeping and the bloodletting - you'll be on the edge of your seat to see who survives to the last pages.


Daughter of the Gods
Stephanie Thornton
NAL Trade
May 6, 2014

Book Description:
Egypt, 1400s BC. The pharaoh’s pampered second daughter, lively, intelligent Hatshepsut, delights in racing her chariot through the marketplace and testing her archery skills in the Nile’s marshlands. But the death of her elder sister, Neferubity, in a gruesome accident arising from Hatshepsut’s games forces her to confront her guilt...and sets her on a profoundly changed course.

Hatshepsut enters a loveless marriage with her half brother, Thut, to secure his claim to the Isis Throne and produce a male heir. But it is another of Thut’s wives, the commoner Aset, who bears him a son, while Hatshepsut develops a searing attraction for his brilliant adviser Senenmut. And when Thut suddenly dies, Hatshepsut becomes de facto ruler, as regent to her two-year-old nephew.

Once, Hatshepsut anticipated being free to live and love as she chose. Now she must put Egypt first. Ever daring, she will lead a vast army and build great temples, but always she will be torn between the demands of leadership and the desires of her heart. And even as she makes her boldest move of all, her enemies will plot her downfall....

Once again, Stephanie Thornton brings to life a remarkable woman from the distant past whose willingness to defy tradition changed the course of history.