Book Review: Daughter Of The Gods

May 20, 2014 Whitney Review 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Daughter Of The GodsDaughter of the Gods Published by NAL on May 6, 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour

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 Horus 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....

I’ve always enjoyed reading novels about Egyptian Pharaohs but they have mainly been on Nefertiti and Cleopatra, so when a novel about Hatshepsut came to my attention I jumped at the chance as I haven’t read much about her — why did it take me so long!  Yes, the novel is fiction but beyond the imagination lies some truth and have always found that to be a fun aspect of reading this genre.  When a book moves me and captures my attention I “research” the character, era, etc, basically meaning I Wikipedia it to learn more on the subject.  Daughter of Gods moved me in such a way, flip-flopping from said novel to Wikipedia.  To me, this signals itself as a good historical novel.As for Hatsheput herself, I was reminded of a quote by Sirius Black, spoken in The Order of the Phoenix:

“You’re not a bad person. You’re a very good person, who bad things have happened to.”
I felt that described her well, she was a decent person, and while she did pray for her husband/brother’s mistress to have a girl she really didn’t mean anyone harm. (oxymoron I know) Her love life jeopardized  and sacrificed and the mistress getting pregnant  and giving birth to an heir before her with devastation to follow.  She was not a malicious person but did look out for her own interests.  Personally, I felt she had the exuberance of a sophisticated girl power but just missed the cut as the fifth “Spice Girl”.  Yet Hetsheput is a strong woman and loved reading her story.

Stephanie Thornton is a marvelous writer, capturing Hatsheput’s story in vivid detail, to the point where I could visualize each grain of sand and the ripples of water making up the Nile.  With an incredible story and a superb teller Daughter of Gods was a compulsory to read.


Praise for Daughter of the Gods

“Daughter of the Gods is a wonderfully intimate and dramatic evocation of Ancient Egypt, where one headstrong young woman dares to become pharaoh. Stephanie Thornton vividly portrays the heat and the danger, the passion and the heartbreak of Hatshepsut’s struggle, as she defies even the gods to ensure success on the throne of Egypt. A touching love story combines with a thrilling tale of death, courage and political intrigue to produce a superbly researched and powerfully written novel. This is the kind of book that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A remarkable story, remarkably told.” -Kate Furnivall, author of Shadows on the Nile

“Stephanie Thornton’s heroines are bold, brave, and powerful–they make me want to stand up and cheer!” -Kate Quinn, author of Lady of the Eternal City

“Daughter of the Gods is a full-out, total immersion experience of ancient Egypt. From her moving love affair with a commoner to her fierce and unwavering commitment to Egypt as a female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut crackles with fascinating complexity. Her ka must be grinning with pleasure at this richly textured account of her life, one that is worthy of the great queen herself. “ -Vicky Alvear Shecter, author of Cleopatra’s Moon

“An epic saga that brings ancient Egypt to life with vivid imagery and lovely prose. Stephanie Thornton is a rising star!” -Stephanie Dray, author of Lily of the Nile

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About the Author


Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel.
“The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora” is available from NAL/Penguin, and “Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt” will hit the shelves May 2014 and “The Tiger Queens: A Novel of Genghis Khan” will follow in Fall 2014.
For more information, please visit Stephanie Thornton’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.


Virtual Book Tour Schedule

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