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The God's Wife Paperback – August 9, 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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"A heavenly read.... The God's Wife is a feast of romance and excitement, keeping the reader in its thrall with suspense." --Technorati

"I knew when I read the synopsis that this book had the potential to be great. I think it realizes that potential fully. Lynn Voedisch has done such a wonderful job with this book." --Owl Tell You About It

"I adore it. The ending is absolutely masterful." --Angels and Warriors Radio

"I think the backbone of good fiction is good reportage...I'm not a fan of historical fiction, yet I find it fascinating that this (novel) going back so far works for me and it transcends history for me." --Rick Kogan, WGN-AM

"If you're looking for a book that mixes ancient history, the paranormal, and a bit of romance, then you might want to check this book out. It has everything that is right up your alley" --Book Brats

About the Author

Lynn Voedisch is a Chicago writer who had a long career as a newspaper reporter and worked for many years at a big city metropolitan daily. She also did freelance writing in print and online. She lives with her husband and pet cat, doing her writing at home now. Her son, an attorney, lives in the city. Her hobbies are tennis, tai chi, and promoting appreciation of literature. Voedisch is the author of two other novels, EXCITED LIGHT and THE GOD'S WIFE.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,761,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathryn E. Etier VINE VOICE on August 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Unexpected pleasures are often the most enjoyable and most memorable. Such is the case with The God's Wife, the new novel from Lynn Voedisch. Steeped in ancient Egyptian history, the story alternates between a modern day Chicago dancer and an Egyptian princess who has been named "The God's Wife," a title of honor and power.

Rebecca Kirk is poised on the edge of stardom when she is given the principal role in a dance production of Aida. Like many dance companies, Rebecca's is plagued with petty jealousies, intrigue, and internal politics--some of which can get nasty. The role is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Rebecca plans to make the most of it, despite her increasing blackouts and strange dreams.

Neferet, daughter of Pharaoh, is sixteen years old and the most powerful woman in Egypt. Named the "Wife of Amun," she has freedoms one doesn't associate with the ancient world. Power's evil twin, politics, shows its ugly face when Neferet's mother, Meryt, has plans for her son, Zayem (Neferet's half brother), to succeed Pharaoh even though he is not next in line of succession. Part of Meryt's plan is the marriage of Neferet and Zayem.

Somehow the two women, Neferet and Rebecca, are connected despite the centuries between them, each holding the key to the other's future. Voedisch provides the reader with two strong female characters in Neferet and Rebecca, but the scene-stealer is Meryt. She is Disney-esque in her villainy, much like the evil stepmothers and wicked witches we so love to hate.

The God's Wife is a feast of romance and excitement, keeping the reader in its thrall with suspense. As a strangely attractive man enters and tries to control Rebecca's life, and Neferet's situation becomes more tenuous, the reader is swept along breathlessly.
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I am an Ancient Egypt addict. I love watching movies and documentaries about it, I love reading about it, I love learning about its mythology -- basically, I love it. So I jumped at the chance to read this book.

Based off my rating, you're probably wondering what went wrong. It definitely wasn't the Ancient Egypt part. Voedisch has certainly done her homework, and while I thought that story was sometimes sacrificed to make way for informative passages about Ancient Egpytian culture that could have been deleted or worked in better, it was a good story. Honestly, without the modern-day portion, and with some more details and intrigues added into Neferet's part, this would have been a really good novel. It had romance, mystery, suspense, power struggles, plots to overthrow the Pharaoh -- everything you need for a good story.

Rebecca's story wasn't nearly as fascinating. I found her to be whiny and annoying. She just let things happen to her, or charged headfirst into a situation she knew would be bad. Also, when comparing her dance conflict to Neferet's life-or-death conflict, it seemed she was overly worried about petty issues. In order for both of these stories to have worked together, there needed to be a couple of things included in the novel:

1) A better explanation for how Rebecca and Neferet are connected. There was a strange chapter that I didn't think fit in with the story at all that attempted to explain it, but it needed to be better. I can't say more without ruining the novel, but I think there should have been more mention of their connection from the beginning.

2) A stronger emphasis on magic. There are a couple of times when huge things are done with magic, and they seem entirely out of place, because magic isn't a big focus in the novel.
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Neferet, the newly invested God's Wife, is second in command in the land of Kemet. She loves her father, the pharaoh, but loathes her nefarious mother. After ascending to her prestigious office, Neferet learns that her mother is planning on giving her in marriage to her villainous half brother Zayem. As she struggles to escape her mother's clutches, Neferet feels like her Ba is missing. Part of her soul is gone and Neferet sees visions of a place far in the future and a unfamiliar face.
On the other side of the world and four thousand years in the future, Rebecca has just landed the coveted spot of lead dancer for the Chicago's Waterfront production of Aida. Rebecca's excitement is overshadowed by her frequent blackouts. Rebecca is also seems to be intuned with Egypt, to the point of feeling like she is Egyptian. This sudden change in Rebecca leaves her roommates and boyfriend scared and worried. Her problem is compounded by the mysterious arrival of Sherif, an Egyptologist who has taken an extreme liking to Rebecca. His interest soon sparks fear in Rebecca, who is struggling to keep herself in modern day Chicago.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Neferet's story was quite a bit more interesting that Rebecca's. But Rebecca still held a lot of mystery. Both girls responded to the other is different ways, and it was interesting to watch them struggle under the weight of self-doubt.
There were/are a few gaps that are still in my mind as I am fresh off the book. I still have some lingering questions about Sherif's background. I also wish that we could have had one final look at Rebecca's story. Maybe there will be a sequel?? Here's to hoping!
The writing in this book is rather malleable. Voedisch's writing can be soft as the lotus blossoms or as mad as a confused woman. She captures the essence of each of the girls.
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