Monday, May 26, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Daughter of the Gods

About Stephanie Thornton:

"I'm a writer and high school history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since I was twelve. I'd stalk Theodora and Hatshepsut if I could, but they're dead so I travel to ancient sites they've been to and write books about them instead. 
My first two novels, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora and Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Available May 6, 2014) focus on two of history's forgotten women:Theodora of the Byzantine Empire and Pharaoh Hatshepsut. My third novel, The Tiger Queens:The Women of Genghis Khan (Available November 4, 2014), is the story of Genghis' first wife and daughters. I live with my husband and daughter in Alaska, where I'm at work on my next novel on the women of Alexander the Great.

Follow Stephanie at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

Daughter of the Gods

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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.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Alluring Angel - Kathy:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
The first word that comes to mind after reading Stephanie Thornton’s Daughter Of The Gods is "epic". 

I was blown away by the power of this book. Not my normal reading genre, this telling of the life on one of Egypt’s lesser known pharaohs was compelling from start to finish. 

Stephanie Thornton took known fact, supposition, and keen imagination to bring to life the world and times surrounding Hatshepsut. 

Daughter Of The Gods takes the reader from when Hatshepsut is a free spirited younger sister, to the events that force her to be come the leader of Egypt. 

Murder, intrigue, war, love and sacrifice twine together to make this a must read for anyone.

5 skulls for a book that will stay with me for a long time!

Daughter of the Gods

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