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KING & GODDESS [Mass Market Paperback]

Judith Tarr
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May 28 1998 King & Goddess (Book 1)
Judith Tarr takes the strange facts of the life of Queen Hatshepsut and builds from them a novel of great power. Here is the queen who loved her land too much to see it in the hands of one weak king after another--and the woman who loved a commoner, and made him her chief servant, her architect, and her secret paramour.

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Egypt's "most notorious" female king, Maatkare Hatshepsut, is the captivating subject of Tarr's latest novel of ancient Egypt. The story opens as Senenmut, a homely, arrogant young scribe, arrives at the royal palace in Thebes as a gift to the "girlchild" Queen Hatshepsut?the Great Royal Wife of King Thutmose II, who is her half-brother. Hatshepsut and the war-hungry king are living gods. The royal marriage has yet to be consummated, however, because the queen considers the king "a sweaty, panting lout without the least grain of delicacy." Recognizing her duty to produce an heir, she orders Isis, a beautiful maidservant, to prepare the king for her by teaching him the art of lovemaking. When Hatshepsut at last gives birth to a girl instead of the desired boy, the queen refuses to care for her, appointing Senenmut as her daughter's tutor and guardian. The birth of a stillborn son leaves the queen infertile. Her hatred toward the king crystallizes after Isis, now his calculating concubine, gives birth to an heir, Thutmose III. When the king suddenly dies, further intrigue unfolds, leading to Hatshepsut, now queen regent, seizing her chance to gain the throne. Tarr evokes Hatshepsut's ruthlessness as well as her vulnerability, and provides vivid portraits of Senenmut, Thutmose III and other real historical figures. Hatshepsut's courtship of the Egyptians, her peaceful reign and Thutmose III's ultimate revenge against her add up to a dramatic tale.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tarr's faithfully researched historical novels (e.g., Pillar of Fire, LJ 6/15/95) have earned her an appreciable audience. Her latest is based on the life of Queen Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled Egypt some 4000 years ago.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars It's not too bad March 13 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If this was my first book about Hatshepsut or about ancient Egypt I would have probably loved it. But I am a big fan of Pauline Gedge and I have read her "Child of the Morning", which was much more interesting and more historically accurate. My advise, if you want to know more about Hatshepsut, pick up "Child of the Morning" and avoid "King and Goddess"
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5.0 out of 5 stars I devour novels on ancient Egypt Nov. 23 2003
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This is one of the most satisfying books about Hatshetseput that I have ever read. If the authors notes are accurate it is also one of the best researched. I very much enjoyed this read! Most books about this woman are written for pre-teen girls, not that this one is dirty, its just more realistic. enjoy!
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This wasen't the best that I have ever read but it did keep me reading. I did enjoy the ending, who did he think he was dealing with anyway?
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I really like historical fiction, and especially Egyptian historical fiction. It's amazing that we know so much about a people whose dynasties were contemporary with biblical history.
But Judith Tarr's version of the life of Hatshepsut, the female Pharoah, is so far from the historical "facts" that it is less satisfying as a novelized history than just a fiction story. However, if you ignore the lack of historical basis, you can enjoy a nice novel about life in an ancient palace, with intrigues, poisoning, secret lovers, ambitious courtiers and all the other things that make for a good "beach book." While not the best Egyptian historical novel I've ever read, "King and Goddess" was exciting and pleasant for casual reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read not for history, but for her story... Aug. 15 2002
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I liked this book. I know that maybe Ms. Tarr did rearrange some facts and/or leave/embellish some information, but that doesn't diminish the story for me. This is a story about a young woman, who knows what she is capable of doing, and then does it. That young woman is Hatshepsut. She is married to her half-brother, whom she despises and whom she knows does not have the skills needed to be a good king. She suffers, not always in silence, because of this. Senenmut is her chief scribe and is visible throughout the story, not only as her friend and advisor but also as her lover. I thought that it was a very touching love story.
The story is filled with people who are intelligent and care deeply about the queen. I felt like I knew the characters, they were so well written. I guess it doesn't bother me about any historical inaccuracies, as long as the story is told well.
There were weak moments--the Puta expedition was one that stuck out in my mind. But overall an interesting book. I will have to look up "Child of the Morning" and see how it compares, since it is getting such good recommendations here.
Enjoy.
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