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KING & GODDESS Mass Market Paperback – May 28 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (May 28 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550849
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,458,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Poison Ivy on 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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By A Customer on Nov. 23 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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