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Daughter of the Gods

By: Stephanie Marie Thornton
Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
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From the author of The Secret History comes a vibrant historical novel about a woman who dared to declare herself pharaoh. 

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.

©2014 Stephanie Thornton (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Great story

Overall a great story that leaves you with knowledge of the ancient world and with a sense that you learned more. Even though it was a great story it still has its faults, at times it felt too long and dragged out. Great overall.

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Great narrator and story

4 stars only because I save the 5th for extra special stories. Enjoyed the narration and loved learning about Hatshepsut (fictionalized). I recommend for a pre Egypt trip read

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An outstanding story

As someone who enjoys historical fiction surrounding women, this is a gem worthy to sit alongside the works is Phillipa Gregory and Allison Weir.

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Clear your throat

I liked the story but I kept catching myself clearing my throat for the reader- drove me insane!