Hatshepsut is the youngest daughter of Pharoah Tutmose in 1400s BC Egypt. She never expects to become wife to her brother, but fate conspires to place her next to the throne. His death has Hatshepsut running Egypt as regent for the two-year-old heir, but Hatshepsut wants more, and she’s never been willing to step aside for tradition. Can she reach for all her heart wants or will she put Egypt and its needs first?
Stephanie Thornton has a gift for bringing historical characters alive on the page. Hatshepsut is a figure who has been overlooked or maligned for generations, and it’s only recently that her story has been reexamined. The author has the reader engaged from page one and ancient Egypt comes to life. The book is filled with intrigue, adventure, love and despair, making this a must-read for history buffs. I plan on finding Stephanie Thornton’s previous novel and look forward to new books by her.
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.