Book Review: “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” By Mesu AndrewsAugust 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Christian Fiction, Romance Fiction
From the Back Cover: “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?
I have to admit that the most I knew of the “Mother” of Moses was the part from the movie “The Ten Commandments”. Horrifying, I know. The good news is after reading this book I know quite a lot more now. Thank you Mesu Andrews. It is obvious that Ms. Andrews not only has read her Bible but quite a number of history sources as well for which I am very grateful. Political intrigue in Biblical times! Just like any story associated with Moses this book is filled with action, danger, evil, treachery, and hatred. Ms. Andrews gives a spectacular job of showing what life what like in that time period and all the political maneuvering. In “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” Ms. Andrews has done a superb account of researching many different sources to give us Anippe and a cast of characters that most of us are probably not aware of. This is a well done adventure that will keep you flipping pages looking for what happens next.
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