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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours Review: Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton

Title: Daughter of the Gods
Author: Stephanie Thornton
Format: Paperback
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publish Date: May 6, 2014
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story?:

From "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 Horus 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...."

My Two Cents:

"Daughter of the Gods" is a historical fiction book about Hatshepsut, the Egyptian Queen. This marks the second book by Stephanie Thornton. Since I really enjoyed her first book, "The Secret History," I was anxious to read this book and let me tell you, the wait was definitely worth it. In this book, you have a fantastic main character and a wonderful setting filled with great historical detail; all of the things that make a great historical fiction read for me.

I really like strong characters and Hatshepsut was definitely one of those for me. Before reading this book, I know that I had heard Hatshepsut's name but I don't think I really knew anything about her. Thornton really makes this queen come to life through a mix of vivid descriptions and great historical detail. Hatshepsut has quite a journey in this book. I loved reading about when she first becomes ruler of Egypt. It was interesting to see how she matures from the beginning of the book to the end. This is definitely a story of strength and growth. The book is told from the third person point of view but Thornton is still able to really show the reader Hatshepsut's true character and she really came to life for me because of that!

The setting was top notch too! The more I read of historical fiction set in the ancient world, the more I love it. Thornton has a great way of weaving together description along with historical detail to allow the reader to picture exactly what was going on.

This is the kind of book that you get lost in! I'm again anxious for Thornton's next release, which will be a book about the women of Genghis Khan (oooo!).

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Friday, May 9
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
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Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading
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Review at The Mad Reviewer
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Wednesday, May 14
Review at A Bookish Libraria
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Thursday, May 15
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Review & Giveaway at The Lit Bitch
Monday, May 19
Review at Tower of Babel
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  1. I don't think I've ever read a fiction book set in ancient Egypt. Sounds interesting!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  2. Great cover! I love stories set in ancient Egypt. I added this book to my TBR list.


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