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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,916 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Moran Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781415958650
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In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’ s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Nefertari tells her story simply, humbly, and in a clear voice that will attract readers. Romantic Times
  • Moran’s careful attention to detail and her artful storytelling skills bring these people to vivid life, imbuing ancient history with suspense and urgency. Boston Globe
  • Performing deft feats of Egyptian magic, Michelle Moran transforms stone-cold history-from-hieroglyphs into gripping narrative, peopled by unforgettable characters seething with conflict and passion. I couldn’t stop reading, but I didn’t want this book to end. Robin Maxwell, author of Mademoiselle Boleyn
  • Michelle Moran breathes new life into the faded paintings on tomb walls, bringing Ramesses, Nefertari, and the whole panoply of ancient Egyptian splendor to vivid, bustling, page-turning life. Lauren Willig, author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
  • Authentic, captivating, and beautifully rendered, Michelle Moran’s The Heretic Queen brings to vivid life the ancient courts and distant vistas of New Kingdom Egypt. A fascinating read. Susan Fraser King, author of Lady Macbeth
  • The Heretic Queen is a real page-turner! A heady, ancient Egyptian brew of magic and mystery; history, murder, and palace intrigue as well as romance. I read this enthralling novel in one sitting. India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter
  • A marvelous read. Moran renders the arcane Egypt of hieroglyphs and foundering monuments into a breathing world whose characters we care deeply about. I read it in a trice and wished there was more. Erika Mailman, author of The Witch’s Trinity
  • The Heretic Queen is historical fiction at its best. Michelle Moran seamlessly incorporates accurate details into a story full of suspense, intrigue, and tenderness that’s impossible to put down until you’ve reached the last page. An absolute triumph! Tasha Alexander, author of A Fatal Waltz

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eatingwithamy | 2/16/2014

    " I didn't like this one as much as Nefertiti. It was okay, but the story wasn't as good and there were a few descriptive love scenes. (maybe you like it, maybe you don't.....) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramona | 2/15/2014

    " I'd probably give this 3 1/2 stars... I enjoyed reading this historical fiction about the Egyptian Queen Nefertari and am anxious to read Nefertiti by the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/4/2014

    " I enjoyed this book just as much as her previous one. It is also very well researched and very accurate historically but has the added benefit of the fictional 'filling in' of little personal details of life in the time of Nefertari. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/2/2014

    " I really find the author's style engaging. I liked her development of the main character. I found the history a little bit confusing. In my limited research on-line I didn't find her time-line to match other people's understanding of Egypt's history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnimbriglio Imbriglio | 1/27/2014

    " Really good. Great sequel to Nefertiti! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/22/2014

    " Another - it's not too bad sort of read. Nothing to jump up and down about but if you fancy a half decent read while elaxing on holiday somewhere it will do. Characters a little flat and predictable but ... okay "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne-marie Hewlett | 1/21/2014

    " One of the best novels out there on my favourite Egyptian queen, Nefertari. It's got everything, from betrayal to love to murder to having a second wife. It's a book that you read once, leave it for awhile then keep going back to it because it's so good. Michelle Moran is one of the best historical writers out there and I'll be buying her books from now on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Apryl | 1/21/2014

    " It's a nice, easy read that kept me interested throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 1/20/2014

    " Good stuff. I'll have to get her other book about Nefertiti. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this book, half history and half love story, reading this as an adult brings back some of my history lessons as a child, I actually had to go look up and see if there really was a "Nefertari". Great book, similar to the "Queenmaker". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/18/2014

    " Very interesting. Read it all in one very long day flying home from Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaric Moras | 12/25/2013

    " Good, but we all know that Michelle Moran can do much better. Nefertiti would thrill you; this is less satisfying but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seven | 12/21/2013

    " I love this book I read it in 5 days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/12/2013

    " Loved this book. I've never really read much about Egyptian history, but I am extremely intrigued to learn more. Her style of writing is really good. This is a great historical fiction chick lit book. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 12/12/2013

    " Set in ancient Egypt, this is historical fiction with a romance twist to it. I had seen the book in the library and was always intending to get around to it. Summer vacation was a good time for it. It features the back story of the Pharaoh Seti and his family. This is definitely a summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesli | 12/10/2013

    " I liked this book better then the first. It kept me interested and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 12/10/2013

    " Not as good as the other two but still an entertaining easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 6/22/2013

    " Readable and historically aware, this is a fascinating look into the life of the wife of one of the greatest pharaohs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/1/2012

    " Excellent book! The author has done a great job researching history. I loved catching a glimpse into the life of royal ancient Egypt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 9/3/2012

    " Ancient Egypt....what else do you need? Very visual book, felt like I was right there, wish I had been! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Domin | 4/30/2012

    " [to be reviewed for HNS Nov. 2008:] "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Oh | 3/28/2012

    " I read this last year for historical fiction. But this book was amazing. I connected with the character so much and I just fell in love. Go read it if not for the sweet romance then for the historical background! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele.medlin | 3/2/2012

    " the story is fascinating. i was left thinking - hey, sounds like a time of history i'd be interested learning more. however, the writing style was extremely juvenile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/21/2012

    " Very good book! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 12/31/2011

    " Bought it yesterday, finished it today. Just couldn't put it down. Excellent book - better than Nefertiti. I would read Nefertiti first then this one as a sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aphrodite | 5/19/2011

    " I fell in love with this book!<3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesli | 5/15/2011

    " I liked this book better then the first. It kept me interested and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haan | 5/7/2011

    " Another great book! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verena | 5/5/2011

    " More excellent historical fiction by Michelle Moran. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/3/2011

    " What a great story - full of intrigue in the egyptian court. Some of the story line seemed improbable, but was fun anyway. I learned about historical I figures I knew nothing about. I highly recommend it for a vacation get away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mieke | 4/10/2011

    " I didn't like this one as much as Nefertiti--there was still a lot of history but more liberties were taken to make the storyline flow from Nefertiti. This was my least favorite of the three but was still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/8/2011

    " Again, love it! I love imagining life in Ancient Egypt, very fun read. Definitely recommend to my friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 4/1/2011

    " Definatly a great read for my inner Ancient Egypt Addict. "

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About the Author
Author Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran was born in southern California. After attending Pomona College, she earned a master’s degree from the Claremont Graduate University. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra’s Daughter, Madame Tussaud, and The Second Empress. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.