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Child of the Morning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Fantastic historical fiction

    I came across this book and the writer when I discovered the Hera Series. After finishing the Hera Series I immediately had to research and buy many of Pauline Gedge's books. The Child of the Morning was fasinating and the first book I ever read about Egypt. My daughter also has read almost all of her books.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    Excellent Addition to Fiction Collection, Especially Ancient Fiction

    This was the second book I read by Pauline Gedge. "Child of the Morning" is my favorite book by her.

    I had cursory knowledge of the existence of Queen Hatshepsut until I read this book. It begins a little slow, but then explodes into a tale that is fairly accurate and amazingly described. I felt like I was reading an exquisitely accurate recollection of the heroine. I had wondered what it was like to be transported back in time to the palaces by the Nile and experience the culture - this book accomplished it for me.

    I have read many books about Cleopatra and Nefertiti. It was wonderful to read a novel about another strong and complex woman from Egypt's extensive history.

    If you are interested in a wonderfully written novel that probes the depths of Egyptian politics, culture and a woman who dared to become a pharaoh, this book is for you. Egyptophiles and archaeophiles will become entranced by it and will need to add it to their collection.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    Excellent Historical Fiction about Woman Pharaoh

    Contrary to what the first review listed says, Hatshepsut the woman Pharaoh left many monuments and statues. Unfortunately her successor, Thutmose III destroyed as much as he could due to the heresy of a woman being a pharaoh. But check out any good history of Egypt: there are statues and monuments that have survived and establish that she was a real person who ruled for 22 peaceful years. This book is excellent, well written and one of my favorites. It makes you feel as if you are living in ancient Egypt.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Excellent Retelling

    When I was in college, this book was recommended as supplimental reading in one of my Egyptology courses because of its accurate portrayal of life in the New Kingdom. I lost my paper copy years ago, and was delighted to see it available once again.

    Completely aside from the accuracy of cultural details, the story is flawlessly logical and a compelling retelling of the story inside Hatshepsut's funerary temple.

    The mysteries surrounding this woman can only be speculated, but this version rings true. In ancient Egypt, where the Pharaoh was literally the living incarnation of the god Horus, how could a woman get away with such an obvious blasphemy as to claim to be Horus, a male god? The powerful priesthood had to be wetting their pants over this.

    So how did she manage to remain pharaoh for 20 years after the death of Thothmes II? This book maintains that she was well loved by other powerful forces, such as the army, and the character interactions developed here offer good reasons why this might be so. The Hatshepsut presented here is the right combination of royal ego and strength to win the respect of her ancient cohorts to pull this off. This is no fainting heroine-- this Hatshepsut is more likely to kick butts than to cry.

    I have loved this book for many years, and am delighted to see it available again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Egyptian lover

    I loved this book. Totally created a world i could see . true talent in a writer is when you read their books, you never forget it. Would love more books of this nature.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Historical Fiction Genius

    This is such an historically accurate book. It is mainly based on archaeological evidence; but contains just enough fictional elements to make it interesting to read. This book is about the life of the first female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. It follows her life to her death including important aspects of her reigns and her acquaintances. Gedge intertwines history and entertainment to create a very insightful story about this memorable queen and pharaoh.

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    Posted March 30, 2011

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