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Child of the Morning

Child of the Morning

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by Pauline Gedge

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Thirty-five centuries ago the sun had a daughter: Hatshepsut. Youngest daughter of the Pharaoh, she was a lithe and magical child. But when her older sister died, it became her duty to purify the dynasty’s bloodline. She was to wed Thothmes, her father’s illegitimate son, who was heir to the throne. But fearing his son’s incompetence,


Thirty-five centuries ago the sun had a daughter: Hatshepsut. Youngest daughter of the Pharaoh, she was a lithe and magical child. But when her older sister died, it became her duty to purify the dynasty’s bloodline. She was to wed Thothmes, her father’s illegitimate son, who was heir to the throne. But fearing his son’s incompetence, Hatshepsut’s father came to her with startling news. She was to be Pharaoh, ruler of the greatest empire the world had ever known—provided, of course, that the unprecedented ascension by a woman did not inspire the priests to treason or instill in her half-brother and future consort sufficient hatred to have her put to death.

            This is the premise for Child of the Morning, based closely on the historical facts. Hatshepsut assumed the throne at the age of fifteen and ruled brilliantly for more than two decades. Her achievements were immortalized on the walls of her magnificent temple at Deir el-Bahri, built by her architect and lover, Senmut.

            Sensuous and evocative, Child of the Morning is the story of one of history’s most remarkable women.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While Hatshepsut, Egypt's only woman Pharoah, was considered a god, Gedge portrays her as very much a human being in this fine historical tale. (May)
From the Publisher
“Gedge sets her living, breathing Queen against a beautifully detailed Egypt that we see as it must have been so long ago.”  —Publishers Weekly

"The author’s strong sense of time and place is evident in every scene. A superb portrait of a powerful but very human queen."  —Library Journal

"Splendor, splendor everywhere."  —Kirkus Reviews

"A rich pageant, satisfying on more levels than simply that of narrative."  —Wall Street Journal

"Combines ancient artifacts, timeless psychology and sure pacing.”  —Globe and Mail

“This is as fine a novel as anyone would want to read.”  —Columbus Ohio Dispatch

"A compelling and human story without a single dramatic lapse."  —San Francisco Examiner

“Epic accounts of feasts and festivals, and a steady flow of details related to life in ancient Thebes . . . the sunny, sweating world of [Egypt] in filmic splendour.”  — Vancouver Sun

Product Details

General Distribution Services/London
Hera Series

Meet the Author

Pauline Gedge is the author of more than 10 novels, including The Eagle and the Raven, The Hippopotamus Marsh, and The Oasis. Michelle Moran is author of several books, including Cleopatra's Daughter, The Heretic Queen, and Nefertiti.

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Child of the Morning 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Bookworm79 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning about the female King of Egypt, Hatshepsut. Her life was amazing! Pauline Gedge presents historical fiction in a beautiful way. The book had flaws; for one, time flow was irregular. Some parts I wanted more detail while others should have been glossed over. The love story was not the whole story but it highlighted some of the rather dry descriptive style. Overall I give it four stars and I would read another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story about a strong woman- it a time when women were not allowed to rule,with correct facts thrown in- great story of power struggle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
There were so many spelling and punctuation errors that it was hard to read. Terrible job translating to eBook. The plot was enjoyable if predictable. Culture and historical information was well described.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Loved it,
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written novel evoking a period in ancient Egyptian history very well. I felt a part of the place and time. However, this is fiction. Very little is known about Hatshepsut's reign. I highly recommend this book and look forward to rereading it one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written Very well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot always kept me riveted. But more than that the imagery of a beautiful, luxurious Egypt in it's Golden Age was like going back in time. The interpretation of what little is known about Hatshepsut is captivating, giving us a glimpse of what the mysterious and infamous pharoah may have been like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome retelling of such an interesting figure in Ancient Egypt. A woman pharaoh, one of the few, and one who held the title in her own right. Based on the research of the 70's, Gedge makes the ancient world come alive. The copy here seems just that, however, a copy of a book and not edited before uploading. Many grammar and punctuation errors throughout that were not in the hard copy. For all that, the book is very well done and I recommend it to those who are interested in ancient history and want to read about the queen who made herself a pharaoh!
DEJAHG More than 1 year ago
I had done a research paper on Hatshepsut and then read this book. I have the original paperback edition and have been checking for it on Nook ever since I got my Nook! SO EXCITED to reread (probably for the 15th time!) this book. She was an amazing woman in a time dominated by men. This book is so lush with details of life in that time. Love it!
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This woman was uterly enigmatic. History may portray her as pure ruthless ambition but i would like to think that she was the way the book illustrates a real woman, insecure with herself deep down, she had real human qualities, even though her Egypt viewed her as the female incarnation of Amun. I love when an author has the writing talent to put feelings and emotions to a powerful and almost inhuman historical figure. A person with so much inner strength, this is what Pauline Gedge has flawlessly achieved. If you want an absolutely real and beautiful recreation of what her world and everyday life was most likely like, read this book I hope it will impact you as it has me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I first got a passion for the land of ancient egypt when i was 6 and it has been ongoing for 13 years now. i first read this book when i was 10 and i was taken away by the way ms gedge describes the life of my favorite egyptian princess. it was outstanding. finally a book that brought her to life the way no other book has done.
RainCloudt More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, thought it was an accurate work of historical fiction that didn't take too many liberties to my knowledge (although I'm no expert). I preferred Michelle Moran's books, personally, though. It might have been much better  if not for the quality of the Nook editing! Its not impossible to read but it can get really confusing when they misspell names, add/leave out words/punctuation, etc. The beginning (first 150 pages, about) were much worse about this but so far it has continued throughout the book (almost done with it). 
Heather78usn More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
moonflower44005 More than 1 year ago
I am not vary good with spelling,but This book was a good book.