Sunday, June 13, 2010

Book Review: Sphinx's Princess

TITLE: Sphinx's Princess
PART IN SERIES: Book 1 of 2 so far
AUTHOR: Esther Friesner
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PREMISE: Nefertiti travels to Thebes and becomes part of the dangerous court life there.
MY REVIEW: I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this as opposed to Friesner's Helen of Troy series (of which I still want another book) because I know next to nothing about Nefertiti. I know she was an Egyptian Queen and was one of their most beautiful rulers. That's about it. Luckily that didn't hinder the enjoyment factor because Friesner manages to draw you into her books so well it doesn't really matter if you don't know much about Egyptian history.
Her writing and characterization are very solid. This time around there was more court intrigue going on then in the Helen of Troy books and it made for interesting reading. The only real complaint I have is that maybe there were parts that dragged a bit and it ended somewhat abruptly but it definitely makes you want to read the next book that's for sure. For those interested, the sequel (Sphinx's Queen) comes out September 28th of this year.
WHO SHOULD READ: Fans of Nobody's Princess, Tamora Pierce fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five cats

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1 comment:

  1. I think effective historical books are able to draw you in even if you don't know much about that time frame or the famous people the characters are based on. The cover is beautiful and who doesn't like court intrigue? :-) Thanks for the review!