Before picking up "Child of the Morning" I had never read anything by Pauline Gedge. Imagine my surprise running into this on a random surf through Amazon! I had never read anything about Hatshepsut (fictionalized), so I bought this right away.
I think I blew through this book in one sitting -- I simply could NOT put it down! The story starts out when Hat is a small girl, and we get to see how her childhood molded who she was, and how she became a strong enough woman to wrestle control of Egypt for herself. We also get to see inside the mind of Senmut, the we'eb priest she promotes as she ascends to power.
There are so many ways that the author could have gone with this book, because alot of Hat's details are lost to time. She could have made her hate her brother (the Pharaoh), could have made her into a man-hater, etc. I absolutely LOVED the way she planned this book out -- it doesn't disappoint in the slightest. The heroine is so likeable and so very real and complex that you'll feel as if you've always known her.
Pauline Gedge has obviously researched her information to a tee, right down to all the major events of the book (trust me, I researched after reading this to find out what was fact and what was fiction). She manages to weave cold, bland facts into a marvellous storytelling that has instantly catapulted Gedge into being my favorite author. No one else comes close!
I realize I'm being gushy, but when people ask me what book I recommend to them, I always wave my copy of this in their faces. Everyone that takes my advice adores it. Trust me when I say it's that good. I re-read it every year and still cry every time. Trust me when I say you'll be a Pauline Gedge fan for life.