The Pharaoh's Daughter

The Pharaoh's Daughter

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"Fear is the most fertile ground for faith." "You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?" Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug. I'm trying not to cry. Pharaoh's daughters don't cry. When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya's chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don't look back. Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow. Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt's good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut's army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives--women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile. When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt's gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger. As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan--for them all? "-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781601425997
Branch Call Number: CHR Andrews, M 100.1 2015
Characteristics: 367 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Apr 26, 2016

Mesu Andrews outdid herself with this passionate, engaging rendition of the the story of Moses. Some have said that this is her finest work yet, and I cannot disagree.

Mesu Andrews writing was masterfully vivid as she took me to Egypt. I learned about the life of Egyptian royalty from the pretentious wigs and kohl they wore, to their ardent and displaced devotion to pagan gods. I lived through the conspiracies and treacheries of the greedy and blood thirsty through the eyes of the heroine. I cheered for her when she fell in love for the handsome, fierce warrior and yearned with her when he chose to embrace his life on the battle field.

My heart got mixed in with the story and development of the characters. I felt rivulets of compassion for the anguish the Hebrews endured. It was painful to imagine the brutality of Egyptian military casually tossing infants into the flowing Nile, their bodies a feast for ready crocodiles…

Ever wonder what influenced Egyptian royalty to raise a Hebrew as her own son? I thought it creative how Mesu Andrews penned the rescue of Moses to be orchestrated by a young women’s fear of child birth. Also, I believe the writer captured the courage of Pharoah’s daughter in rescuing Moses although it defied Pharoah’s command. She was a heroine who was dedicated to Moses and who loved and cared for those around her deeply and convincingly.

This “biblical fiction” book deserves, no Less than 5 stars. it was very, very well done.


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