Author: Esther Friesner
Publisher: Random House
Fleeing for her life, Nefertiti has escaped the clutches of the Pharaoh’s regent, Thutmose, who has banded with the chief priests in order to accuse her of crimes which she did not commit. Now Nefertiti and Amenophis must make the perilous journey down the
Nile to Dendera to plead their case before Pharaoh himself. In Dendera, however, there is no respite, as Nefertiti is placed on trial before the goddess of truth, Ma’at, whose voice Thutmose has corrupted and bought. When Thutmose’s plans for Nefertiti fail, his insanity comes to light before the entire crowd and his favor with the Pharaoh is lost. Now Nefertiti must find a way to mend the broken ties between Thutmose, the Pharaoh’s vengeful wife, and Amenophis before Pharaoh declares another to be his successor.
Review:This sequel for the most part is as good as its predecessor. In Friesner’s hands, Nefertiti becomes again a spunky and courageous young woman determined to defeat the odds and marry the man she loves. Teens will appreciate both the historical context, particularly older teens who have studied ancient