I'm so glad a lot of you were interested in this series by Ms. Friesnar, so if you were one on the maybe line, perhaps my review of the sequel would convince you that both books are worthwhile reads.
Also, I've gotten some comments regarding my rating for "Sphinx's Princess", so I want to apologize for the misunderstanding I may have caused. It was not my intention to label the book as mediocre in any way. My personal ratings are actually a tad different from most bloggers' standards, and I have seen for myself, so please don't believe my 3.5/5s to mean "average read". Instead, read it as "Above average and highly enjoyable with competitive diction, yet with a slight bit of room for improvement." Obviously, there's always room for improvement, and to be truthful, I originally rated "Sphinx's Princess" as a 4/5, but after reading the sequel (which was clearly stronger), it would go against my rating system to give "Sphinx's Queen" 5/5, because honestly, I just don't do that.(No, not even with Shannon Hale).
Sorry for going on and on~ about my ratings, if you'd like to read more, please visit my Review Policy page!
Once again, I'm very sorry for the misinterpretations and misunderstandings of my rating. 'Kay! On to the review! (Yet another stunning cover, isn't it? *o*)
Author: Esther Friesnar
Publication: 2010, Random House Books for Young Readers
Summary: Ancient Egypt springs to life in this enthralling sequel to Sphinx’s Princess. As she did in Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize, author Esther Friesner offers readers a fresh look at an iconic figure, blending historical fiction and mythology in a heady concoction.
Hunted . . . Overnight, every aspect of Nefertiti’s life has changed. She is no longer living at the royal...read more
Review: The sequel to "Sphinx's Princess", this wonderfully thirst-quenching continuation of the valiant Nefertiti's adventures charges on. With an ending that invoked my tears, this book made me feel as a close friend of Nefertiti's. By the conclusion of her wonderfully refreshing, yet also painfully heart-wrenching tale, one would feel the huge longing to always hold this inspiring, young female protagonist at heart.
Through Friesnar's expert story-telling, Nefertiti guides us bravely through unbelievably torturing turmoils as she defends justice, peace, and the safety of her beloved ones. Each character in this remarkably gallant saga shines to great extents as individuals and scarily realistic people. With poise, grace, and enduring bravery and heroism, the Nefertiti Friesnar brings us will be one that deserves to be recognized and remembered. Along with the similar dignity that the author used to open this magical story, she gently closes it with amazing emotional power and courage.
I will now send Nefertiti off in the distance with her beloved, with tears and an overpowering sense of pride for her life accomplishments, as the sun slowly retires down the mountains. In ancient Egypt.
Rating: ✿✿✿✿ 4.5 Blossoms
(Current Rating Average: 3.07)
Final Notes: I may have mentioned before that the first book was a very nicely laid-out foundation. This second book is the absolutely astonishing pyramid itself! The build was really great without the first book falling flat, and due to the strong base, this sequel reached great heights. Honestly, I was gasping all the way through because just when you thought Nefertiti's situation couldn't get any worse... Oh boy, it does. The schemes and plots inside the plot (haha) were so sly and well sorted out, that it was quite shocking, really. The best thing? How strong Nefertiti is. She will definitely be a heroine I will not forget, just because through whatever crisis she is thrown in, she never loses her wisdom and own strong sense of justice. She is brilliantly admirable.
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