Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

by Stephanie Thornton


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451417794
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 392,499
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. Her previous novel is The Secret History. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska.

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Praise for The Secret History:

“What a heroine! Her rise from street urchin to emperor’s consort made me want to stand up and cheer.” —Kate Quinn, author of Empress of the Seven Hills

“Theodora’s dramatic tale is exquisitely crafted in this can’t miss summer read. I couldn’t put it down for a moment.”—San Francisco Book Review

“If there is one book you choose to read on ancient times, let it be The Secret History.”—Historical Novel Society

“A remarkable first novel...sprawling and irresistible.” —Jeane Westin, author of The Spymaster’s Daughter

“Thornton’s well-conceived and engrossing tale exalts a historical figure of ‘true grit.’”—Library Journal
“A fascinating and vivid account…the life of the Empress Theodora leaps from the page, as colorful and complex as the woman herself.”—Michelle Diener, author of The Emperor’s Conspiracy

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Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Alluring Angel - Kathy: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review The first word that comes to mind after reading Stephanie Thornton’s Daughter Of The Gods is "epic".  I was blown away by the power of this book. Not my normal reading genre, this telling of the life on one of Egypt’s lesser known pharaohs was compelling from start to finish. Stephanie Thornton took known fact, supposition, and keen imagination to bring to life the world and times surrounding Hatshepsut.  Daughter Of The Gods takes the reader from when Hatshepsut is a free spirited younger sister, to the events that force her to be come the leader of Egypt.  Murder, intrigue, war, love and sacrifice twine together to make this a must read for anyone. 5 skulls for a book that will stay with me for a long time!
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and like how the author paid close attention to details. The writing of this book was so good and I felt as if I was a part of the story. In all my history reading I have not read many books set in Egypt not because I don't want I just have not had the chance to yet, so I am glad I picked this book up. I enjoyed learning more about Hatshepsut, I have not heard of her before. Hatshepsut was the first female pharaoh which I thought was interesting in itself. She had to be strong and her life was not exactly easy - first she loses her sister, then is in a marriage she did not want, and then becomes pharaoh after her husband (half-brother) dies. I can't not imagine the things she went through. This book grabbed me from the first page and kept me interested until the very last one. If you like historical fiction books or books about strong women this is the book for you. 
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
I was quite impressed with Daughter of the Gods, the story although fictitious is based on real people and real history. The characters are likable, you can relate to them, and the world that Stephanie writes has been written so that anyone can enjoy the story and understand it. I especially loved the embrace of supporting such a strong female lead as she learns her way in a male dominated world. I really liked getting to see the determination and the will to continue despite the difficulties that got in her way. I really wish so many more authors embraced the strengths of womanhood. Props to Stephanie for writing such a strong story that is a great influence for all girls and women alike.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
First, when I heard about this book I was instantly interested and intrigued by Hatshepsut .  I could not believe that I have never heard of her before!  When I won this book in a giveaway I immediately started to read and loved it.  I've since started reading " "The Tiger Queens" and I can say Thornton is a fantastic author.  She is so eloquent in her prose that her sentences become an experience. She has a craft for writing and it made me want to savor the story and not rush through it.  It makes perfect sense that Thornton would write about a powerful and successful woman in ancient history.  Hatshepsut was one of a kind. Because her nephew was to young to govern she took his place and was the "King" in his place until he was old enough to take over.  Hatshepsut was a driven and very capable leader.  Thornton made me see that she craved the role of King and she was born to lead.  Even more interesting is that through events not entirely clearly, because of historical events, we don't know why they wanted to erase her successful rule!  Literally, there was a movement to erase her from history! Aside from the rich historical layers that unfolded in this rich story, this was an eventful hold-your-breath moment! Page 300 until the end of the book was a series of gasps and I can't-believe-what-just-happened moments.  I was shocked as one event unfolded after another.  I loved and admired Hatshepsut's strength and her courage.  This was one of my favorite reads of 2014.  Because I need to have a complete collection, I bought the only one missing from Thornton, " The Secret History" which is also about a famous historical woman, Empress Theodora!  More reviews to follow on this amazing author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago