Stephanie Thornton’s first book: The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora (my review for The Historical Novel Society HERE )- was an exceptional read- and my favourite of 2013- so naturally I could not wait to read her latest novel: DAUGHTER OF THE GODS. Just as enticing and forever marking as a read that is sure to become etched in your mind, DAUGHTER OF THE GODS delivers, history, suspense, detail, love- all in a gripping tale with a champion as the heroine.
And Hatsheput is truly a champion, a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt, to be exact. Through strong leadership as head of her army, this gutsy and remarkable goddess manages to build an empire and a legacy. True, Hatsheput is not one whose history is that well known, but leave it to Thornton for digging out these bigger-than-life historical women whose lives were uber-extraordinary.
Hatsheput was controversial for the times- in battle, leadership and love. Complex and deliciously nontraditional, this grand queen defies all odds and ensures her title. She is strong-willed and loves deeply- but nothing comes easily and losses are inevitable in her winnings. You will become obsessed with her life and will cheer along with her…but there will be tears as well…
Ancient Egypt at its best- Thornton delivers history with live imagery through the gripping tale of a Pharaoh that you will never forget. This is an absolute Must Read- and please write back if this does indeed become your favourite read of the year.
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
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.
Praise for Daughter of the Gods“Daughter of the Gods is a wonderfully intimate and dramatic evocation of Ancient Egypt, where one headstrong young woman dares to become pharaoh. Stephanie Thornton vividly portrays the heat and the danger, the passion and the heartbreak of Hatshepsut’s struggle, as she defies even the gods to ensure success on the throne of Egypt. A touching love story combines with a thrilling tale of death, courage and political intrigue to produce a superbly researched and powerfully written novel. This is the kind of book that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A remarkable story, remarkably told.” -Kate Furnivall, author of Shadows on the Nile
“Stephanie Thornton’s heroines are bold, brave, and powerful–they make me want to stand up and cheer!” -Kate Quinn, author of Lady of the Eternal City
“Daughter of the Gods is a full-out, total immersion experience of ancient Egypt. From her moving love affair with a commoner to her fierce and unwavering commitment to Egypt as a female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut crackles with fascinating complexity. Her ka must be grinning with pleasure at this richly textured account of her life, one that is worthy of the great queen herself. “ -Vicky Alvear Shecter, author of Cleopatra’s Moon “An epic saga that brings ancient Egypt to life with vivid imagery and lovely prose. Stephanie Thornton is a rising star!” -Stephanie Dray, author of Lily of the Nile
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“The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora” is available from NAL/Penguin, and “Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt” will hit the shelves May 2014 and “The Tiger Queens: A Novel of Genghis Khan” will follow in Fall 2014.
For more information, please visit Stephanie Thornton’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
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