Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Pharaoh's Daughter
When her mother dies in childbirth, Annipe, the daughter of Pharaoh Akhanaten and sister to Tutankhamen, finds herself broken hearted in grief and terrified of the wrath of Anubis, a fear that puts into motion decisions that lead into the Bible story we all know so well.
When Annipe is wed off at the age of 14 to one of her brother's Generals, she is terrified of the idea of childbirth after seeing her mother's death. Her personal decision not to have a child (although she longs to be a mother) as well as her brother's decision to kill all Hebrew babies ends with Annipe finding a Hebrew baby floating in a basket along the Nile river. Annipe, believing this is the answer to her prayers to her Gods, decides to claim and raise the child as her own.
Prior to this book, I was unfamiliar with Mesu Andrews. I am a big fan of Christian fiction as well as Historical fiction so I was surprised I had not come across this author in the past. However, unfortunately, I don't know if this will be an author I will seek out again the future. The story and character development extremely slow and at times it was very hard to force myself to pick up the book to finish. The wording at times is very confusing and difficult as well. I just could not connect with the characters or find myself invested in the story itself..
With that said, it is a good story and I would still recommend it to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian fiction. The story is told from the views of the Egyptian Princess which does make this retelling of Biblical history a bit unique.
I would give this book 2.5 stars on a 5 star rating but I can easily see where others might enjoy this story much more than I did.