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Sphinx's Queen (Princesses of Myth) [Kindle Edition]

Esther Friesner
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ancient Egypt springs to life in this enthralling sequel to Sphinx’s Princess. As she did in Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize, author Esther Friesner offers readers a fresh look at an iconic figure, blending historical fiction and mythology in a heady concoction.

Hunted . . . Overnight, every aspect of Nefertiti’s life has changed. She is no longer living at the royal palace as the intended bride of the crown prince. Instead, she is being chased by the prince and his soldiers for a crime she did not commit.

Hidden . . . Traveling with two of her dearest friends, including the crown prince’s brother, who helped her escape, Nefertiti takes shelter in the wild hills along the Nile’s west bank. She must rely on her own resourcefulness and skills (all those secret archery lessons prove very useful) as the fugitives fight to survive.

Haunted . . . But the need for justice gnaws at Nefertiti. She is determined to plead her case to the Pharaoh and set things right. As she begins to question long-held sacred beliefs—a questioning that could alter the fabric of Egyptian society—her extraordinary journey from commoner to royalty brings adventure, intrigue, and romance.

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9–Friesner continues the story of young Nefertiti, betrothed of Prince Thutmose but friend (and, later, wife) to Prince Amenophis. In Sphinx's Princess (Random, 2009), Nefertiti is falsely accused by Thutmose of blasphemy for killing his cat, sacred to the Egyptian goddess Bast. As this story opens, she has escaped from prison with the help of Amenophis and her Hebrew (“Hebiri”) servant, Nava. Nefertiti is unhampered by religious orthodoxy, reflecting a very modern sensibility. She and the other characters reach their greatest humanity when they tear aside priestly hypocrisy and political intrigue and make peace with one another despite the adults' machinations. All of this is done in fine prose that expresses the questioning of religion that most young people experience as they approach maturity. A statement made by Amenophis after he has impersonated the goddess of truth (Ma'at) and saved Nefertiti could, with little revision, come from any human era: “If the gods have any real power, why do they stand by and allow us to buy and sell their voices? If Ma'at is the goddess of truth, why does she remain silent and permit so many lies to flourish?” This deeply moral book tells a good story; or, rather, this good story reveals deeply moral truths.–Corinne Henning-Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, MEα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Picking up where Sphinx’s Princess (2009) left off, Nefertiti is escaping Thebes with her secret love, Prince Amenophis, and her slave girl Nara. The three are sailing to Dendera to reunite with Nefertiti’s family, hoping they can save Nefertiti from her charges of treason. The villainous crown prince Thutmose, Nefertiti’s betrothed, relentlessly pursues the trio. Turns of events leave the door open for Nefertiti and Amenophis to finally be together, and Nefertiti is still the same strong-willed, independent girl based on the mysterious Egyptian queen. This sequel does not stand alone, but fans of the first book will want to know Nefertiti’s fate. Grades 6-9. --Shauna Yusko

Product Details

  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375856579
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3FJXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read! ^^ December 12, 2011
I must admit, I was slightly wary of this book in the beginning. I don't tend to read many of the books aimed at girls my age because, despite a seemingly intriguing plotline, they usually degenerate into sappy romances, which I deplore. This, however, was different. It was a romance, yes, but it was about so much more than that! It was about Nefertiti and her growth from a girl running away from her life to a woman strong enough to stand her ground and face it.
One of the best aspects of this book, in my opinion, is the characters. There is such a wide cast, and I grew to love all of them in the end, even Thutmose, who began as the most annoying, spoiled brat. There's Nava, the Jewish slave, who often testifies her faith in the One, Amenophis, who is sweet and gentle and wise, Sitamun, who, like her mother, Queen Tiye, is a strong, persistent woman, and of course, Nefertiti herself, a girl who is beautiful, intelligent, and courageous enough to stand up for herself even when Pharaoh, the god-on-earth, is doubtful of her word and her aunt would destroy her at the first opportunity.
Nefertiti's journey throughout the book is one of danger and excitement, love and loneliness, doubt and victory, revenge and forgiveness. She's a remarkable character, and the love of her circle of friends is her greatest source of strength.
Then there was the story...I laughed and I cried, and the author even managed to coax a gasp out of me at parts. I was hooked, and for the most part, didn't put the book down until I had finished it.
It was a great read, and definitely one that I would recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too June 13, 2011
Nefertiti and Amenophis are on the run. They're desperately trying to escape from Prince Thutmose. Together with an ex-slave, they're floating down the river in an attempt to reach the Pharaoh.

They must reach the Pharaoh in order to clear Nefertiti 's name. After much hardship and a little luck, they reach his side, only to discover that Prince Thutmose has beaten them there. Now, Nefertiti must stand before the Pharaoh and clear herself from the false charges thrown her way by the Prince.

It doesn't help that she has fallen in love with Amenophis - the Prince's brother. It also doesn't help that the Pharaoh himself is in awe of her beauty. She must prove herself before the gods.

How will Nefertiti prove her innocence? With so many people against her, is it possible for her to have a happy ending?

I love Esther Friesner's strong historical female characters, and Nefertiti doesn't disappoint readers. For much of the book, Nefertiti remains isolated, even heartbroken. Still, she manages to gather strength for herself and to instill strength in others. Despite all the hardships she must endure, the author imagines the character as both powerful and vulnerable.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really addicting! January 9, 2011
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
This book keeps you intrested and you will want to read it all day! The girls that read Sphinx princess will love this seqel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 9, 2014
By D
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sphinx's Queen June 23, 2014
The sequel to Sphinx's Princess, Sphinx's Queen picks up right where the previous novel left off with Nefertiti, Amenophis, and Nava on the run from the palace and Thutmose. They are on their way to Dendera to seek an audience with Pharoah, who will hopefully pardon Nefertiti for the crimes she's accused of and allow her and Amenophis to have a romantic relationship. Nefertiti soon realizes however that she shouldn't underestimate the ambition of her Aunt Tiye and the lengths she will go to in order to secure the throne for her son, Thutmose, and that everything will not be resolved as easily as she had hoped.

I enjoyed this book more than the first one, as this one has a lot more action in the plot and takes the reader to different locations in Egypt. While still written for a younger audience, this one held the older reader's attention a bit more with some romance, as well as Nefertiti growing up herself and choosing her life's path in the face of adversity. A great way to start younger teens on history and historical fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I bought this form my girlfriend.she liked it January 30, 2014
By Eric
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I did not read this but i bought it for her since she was looking for it.

The package came without damage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will Read again- an excellent book November 17, 2013
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Excellent book! I will read it again. Suspense, love, and a good ending! I love that is it real characters from history with a creative fictional story that is funny, sad, exciting, and entertaining! hard to put the book down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 11 year old read the four Friesner books at 9 October 18, 2013
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And is reading them again at 11. Not too many books are on here re-read list, so these have to be good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The Sphinx's Queen was a suiting conclusion to a epic series. It made me love all the supporting and main characters more! Read more
Published 4 months ago by LILTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book is a great ending to Spinx's Princess. I really enjoy reading about things that may have happened to historical figures. It was a run read!
Published 20 months ago by Allison Dewey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Conclusion!
I am so glad that I finally gave this series a try. Back in December I finally got around to reading and reviewing the first novel and this one turned out to be my second read of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I would give this book a 5 star review be a US this is the best book ever. I recommend that you read this book.
Published 23 months ago by Caitlynn meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The Nefertiti books of hers are my favorites of the Princesses of Myth series so far! I really love this book! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sydney Barron
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Accurate, but Entertaining
This book is definitely made for pre-teens. Its very appropriate for the age group. Its not a very accurate portrayal of ancient Egypt, but it definitely kept me entertained and... Read more
Published on November 23, 2012 by AR
4.0 out of 5 stars Sphinx's Queen
Nefertiti has been accused of a crime - the killing of a cat, sacred to Bast - for which the penalty is death. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
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