THE HERETIC QUEEN
The author of Nefertiti turns her attention to the Queen's niece Nefertari, who became Ramesses the Great's wife. Moran's respect for the queen is evident
as Nefertari tells her story, simply, humbly and in a clear voice that will attract readers.
Intelligent, fluent in several languages and a natural diplomat, Nefertari gains Ramesses' love. But making her queen nearly causes a rebellion among the common people, who fear she is a heretic. They reign in an era of political turmoil, contending with war, famine and the demands of the prophet Moses to allow his people to return to Canaan. Nefertari uses her wits and love for Ramesses to rise above the public anger and rule as his true partner. (Crown, Sep., 375 pp., $24.95)