Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner

Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner
365 pages

     Nefertiti loves to dance and sing, but these are normal for a girl of her status. When her father's friend, a scribe, comes to visit, he secretly teaches Nefertiti to read and write. Her father is furious when he finds out because his sister, Queen Tiye, the Great Royal Wife, used Nefertiti's mother for her skills and she was killed. But her father's efforts to keep her learning a secret are futile; Queen Tiye invites the family to the palace and plans for Nefertiti to marry her oldest son. Can Nefertiti avoid marrying the prince, who cares only about his cat, or will she become the queen's powerful tool?

Next book: Sphinx's Queen

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