“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?
Chances are, you know the story of Moses–a Hebrew babe saved from crocodile infested waters and raised in an Egyptian palace (Exodus 2). Now it’s time to read his story like you have never before – through the eyes of Anippe, the Pharaoh’s Daughter. With the help of author Mesu Andrews, immerse yourself in the luxury of ancient Egypt, stand in the throne room of King Tut, and set adrift on the Nile River… But beware! Danger abounds, and one must be careful with whom they confide their secrets. Reconciling ancient history with biblical accounts, Mesu Andrews delivers an eye-opening account that will send you running back to scripture.
Let me begin by confessing that I have read every book Mesu Andrews has written to date. I am fascinated by the obscure details that she mines from God’s Word. I don’t know how anyone could ever tire of reading the bible because God has hidden so many treasures within. Treasures that great biblical fiction titles like this selection bring to light. The biblically inspired plot twists in this book blew my mind!!
The Pharaoh’s Daughter will appeal to both historical fiction and biblical fiction fans. It is laden with irresistible and dynamic characters. Due to their cruel treatment of Hebrew slaves, a few Egyptian characters drew my ire, but overall I felt a keen attachment to the cast. Historical fiction fans will relish the rich details of the Egyptian-Hittite war, successions to the throne, fashion, commerce, and cultural norms of the day. Christian readers and biblical fiction connoisseurs will recognize a number of biblical truths revealed throughout the storyline: God love is for all mankind, deception is a slippery slope, hope enables us to endure all things, and all other gods fall short of the glory of the One True God. This book is sure to entertain and inspire a wide audience.
The Pharaoh’s Daughter hits bookstores March 17th – preorder your copy today. Come back and let me know if you were caught by surprise as well!
My thanks to Mesu Andrews for offering an advanced reader copy of this title for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
About The Author
Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love’s Sacred Song, and Love in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.