Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh

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When Naomi's sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won't survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for...

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and ...

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Overview

When Naomi's sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won't survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for...

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620072479
  • Publisher: Whampa, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 692,406
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    This was a great read! Its rare to find a book with a main chara

    This was a great read! Its rare to find a book with a main character that holds true to her values and beliefs. There was romance, action, mystery, and humor, all rolled into one! I look forward to the release of Kiya 2!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Oh...wow!

    Talk about an emotional rollercoaster! The characters in this book are greatly developed and it made it an easy page turner. Naomi, the main character, had me hooked on the part where she became a heroine to save her sisters. I felt really connected to her throughout the read and the pain of hiding her true feelings, religion, and customs. If you are wondering if you should snatch this read up...well you should! The 500 and so pages is worth that 99 cents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Naomi gives her self away to the Pharaoh (Akhenaten), to protect

    Naomi gives her self away to the Pharaoh (Akhenaten), to protect her sisters. At that moment, she doesn’t know what she got herself into. The Pharaoh believes that Naomi, who had to change her name into Kiya when she married the Pharaoh, will bear a son. For some strange reason, all the Pharaoh sons die within a day. 
    The first wife (Nefertiti) of the Pharaoh is in charge of all the other wives and is jealous of Kiya, as soon as she becomes the Pharaoh new wife. 
    Will Kiya able to bear a son, without getting harmed by Nefertiti? 

    I must say I’m impressed! It love stories about ancient Egypt, but never expected to love this book, this much! After I read ‘Kiya: The hope of the Pharaoh’, I kept thinking about it. (Almost started to read again, but it was already 2 a.m.)
    From the first sentence, it was exciting and I wondered what would happen next. It was easy to read for me as a Dutch girl, with made me even more love the book!
    The ending was a bit random and fast, but it didn’t make me dislike it. 

    Conclusion: hopefully this book will be translated into Dutch a.s.a.p. so I can tell my friends all about it. Can’t wait for Katie Hamstead’s other books! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Words cannot describe how much I adore this book and the series

    Words cannot describe how much I adore this book and the series (I'm well into book 3). I've always loved stories of ancient Egypt and their history fascinates me, so I was eager to try KIYA. Once I started reading, I could not put this down! Naomi/Kiya, is a strong, smart strong young woman who faces many challenges and stands up for her beliefs. She is reserved and cautious at just the right times, yet powerful when she stands up for herself and others. I found myself cheering for her every time she defied and went after Nefertiti. She is such a good, loyal person, it's no wonder three of the story's men fell in love with her. The relationships are all so unique and wonderful that I'M torn about who I want her to end up with!! I highly recommend this series to anyone that loves YA or NA, historical fiction or just a good clean book.

    On a final note, this is a work of fiction so if you're looking for historical facts and accuracy, this may not be your best source. (Personally, I was amazed with the intricate details and descriptions Hamstead incorporated in her world-building.) But if you are looking for a beautiful story with highly realistic setting, rich culture and well researched customs then read KIYA and lose yourself in her world!

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    Wonderful historical retelling. 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks

    Wonderful historical retelling.

    4.5

    *Book source ~ Many thanks to Curiosity Quills for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Naomi is a Hebrew in the city of Thebes when Commander Horemheb comes searching for yet another wife for the Pharaoh Akhenaten. When her younger sisters are taken, she offers herself in their place. Even though she is older and not as pretty as her younger sisters she is educated and could prove useful to the Pharaoh. Horemheb agrees to the trade and Naomi is taken to the city of Ikhaten where the Pharaoh resides with his many wives and concubines. The Pharaoh accepts her as his next wife and hopefully mother to his heir, but she has to change her name to Kiya and alter her whole way of life to fit in and not get herself killed. With a jealous Nefertiti making her life hell will Kiya survive?

    I’ve stated many times that I’m not one for the subject of History. Unless it’s wrapped up in a great story. I went into this book with very little knowledge of Ancient Egypt and really you don’t need to have extensive Egyptian knowledge to enjoy this tale. I was hooked from beginning to end. The writing is wonderful, the descriptions of Egypt made me feel as if I was actually there and the characters are well-fleshed and interesting. Especially Kiya. Since the story is told from her viewpoint you really get a grip on her as a person. She’s strong, smart, loyal and steadfast in her views. However, she is human and makes a few stupid mistakes that could have easily gotten her killed. On the whole, she’s someone I’d love to have as a friend. The ending is a cliffhanger though. Luckily, book 2 KIYA: Mother of a King will be out 10/25. All-in-all this is an awesome historical retelling and well worth a read.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    I love historical romance books. When it¿s sent in ancient Egypt

    I love historical romance books. When it’s sent in ancient Egypt I am a happy reader! Set with the Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. Our heroine of the story is Kiya, once named Naomi of the Hebrews. She is chosen to be Akhenaten’s new wife. Yes, new wife because he had many, not including his concubines! That man had stamina! She becomes most loved by Akhenaten but enemy of Nefertiti. She loathes Kiya and will stop at nothing to destroy her.

    Kiya struggles to learn this new culture. She has a secret friend in Horemheb, hot Horemheb! He is the right hand of the Pharaoh. He was the one to find a new wife for the Pharaoh. I love this character. He is loyal to his Pharaoh He uses Kiya as his eyes and ears among the wives because he thinks that Nefertiti is up to something. And boy is she! What a hot mess of a Queen. I so want her to end up with him. But enter Malachi. A guard who is not what he seems. Kiya is connected to him and he is there to protect her just like Horemheb.

    Kiya has many interactions with the other wives but it is Nefertiti and her daughters that cause problems for her. They don’t want her to succeed in birthing an heir. The lengths they go to stop Kiya is horrifying. Which

    All through reading this I couldn’t put it down for each chapter I wanted to know what happens next. Katie has the ability in her writing to put me right in the center of the story with Kiya. The description let me picture the setting and clothes of that time period. I can’t wait for the next book because I must find out what happens with Kiya, her son Tut and Horemheb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Not that good

    This was a rather silly book ,about a not very believable egypt. Not very many details at all about life in ancient Egypt. I wish I had not wasted my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Best book

    This is an amazing book for those who love historical fiction...especially involving Egypt. Couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    I really liked this story. I didn't want it to end!

    I really liked this story. I didn't want it to end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    highly recommend

    this book was very good. It was very imaginable.I really enjoyed, a great read,with a lil fantasy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Being a fan of Ancient Egypt, I was excited to find this book. It was very well written and held my interest cover to cover. The author clearly researched ancient Egypt and wove a memorizing tale mixed with historical information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Glad I read it.

    Interesting plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Fast read

    Although not factual, this story was a fast read to anyone who enjoys this time period and ancient Egypt.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    Exotic, thrilling, and heart gripping would be the first things

    Exotic, thrilling, and heart gripping would be the first things that come to mind when I try to think of how to describe this title. The breathtakingly descriptive setting and scenes (from the large overall concept, to the micro details) show that Hamstead definitely did her homework while writing her DEBUT novel KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh. Not only does she immerse you in rich textures of what the world around Kiya, or Naomi, must look like but she does so in a way that doesn't overwhelm you with descriptive narratives that drag on for pages.

    Not only does she set a scene well, but she also has a nack for expressing the richness of the Egyptian culture (and no I don't necessarily mean financial riches, although she had that going for them too of course). Through KIYA and without sparing any details both good and bad, Hamstead shows you what it meant to be a Pharaoh's wife in Egyptian times. There are times she'll have you thinking Naomi's situation isn't that awful, and then the author turns the story around and throws you for another loop to add to the heroine's (Naomi) distress. The two most pressing issues that seem to hang over and follow Naomi throughout the entire story are: surviving Nefertiti's schemes, and being true to herself and her God without dying for it.

    For those of you who like to read Philippa Gregory novels, then you will definitely love KIYA. For all the reasons I find my self reading Gregory's novels, I find I enjoyed in Hamstead's debut. From the court plotting and cat and mouse game playing, to the feeling of historical enrichment, it's also very much like watching an Egyptian version of 'The Tudors' (a Showtime TV series based on the reign of King Henry VIII of England.) Outside of her immediate circles no one must ever know where she came from and who she really is. So not only does Naomi have to instantly become Kiya, but she must learn quickly to maintain her new persona and make everyone else in Egypt believe she has always been who the Pharaoh says she now is.

    I don't want to say too much more and spoil the fun for everyone else, but I will say I was completely immersed in this one. I literally started and finished KIYA in one day, staying up as late as possible because I simply couldn't put it down. Thank you again Curiosity Quills for finding yet again an amazing new debut author. I will definitely be keeping a look out for the next two installments of this series (I believe Hamstead intends it to be a trilogy). I've said it in the past and I will say it again, they continue to impress me, and still have yet to fail me on any of the titles
    they have chosen to publish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Great Book. It Was Almost Like Reading Actual History!

    I don't even have the right words to describe this book because it was that good...no, awesome! It is very evident that the author did a great job at studying & researching the Egyptian culture, and the result is a book that reads so smoothly & seems so real that you think it is actual history. Well done Katie Hamstead. I really hope she writes a second book to continue the story because the way this book ended definitely leaves the story open to continue on. The characters are so greatly developed, and you really start to care for them. I was very sad when I finished the last page because I got so engrossed in the story that I wanted it to continue!

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