Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: The Pharaoh's Daughter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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?


I have mixed feelings about this book. It was very well written and I had no problem being absorbed in it. I was drawn to the thought of knowing more about the biblical story of the Pharaoh's daughter that drew Moses out of the Nile. However, I had a hard time liking very many of the characters in this book. Anippe is always being deceptive or manipulative in some way or another. And her sister was crazy and so angry all the time. I understand that the depravity and evil in Egypt played a big part in the actions of the characters but even the good guys kept things from their friends and families. This is a book with a lot of depth, a lot of politics, some romance, real fears and struggles, and redemption. It's definitely not an easy story to read. I'd like to read another book by Mesu Andrews to see if I would enjoy it more.

*Thanks to Blogging For Books for the complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own.*

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MORE INFO: The Pharaoh's Daughter at www.waterbrookmultnomah.com


Mesu Andrews’ deep understanding of and love for God's Word brings the biblical world alive for her readers. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Her three subsequent novels, Love's Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, and In the Shadow of Jezebel all released to great reader enthusiasm. Mesu lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Roy.  See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight

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