The Pharaoh’s Daughter By Mesu Andrews

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

9781601425997

Book Synopsis: (From publisher website)

“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.  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?

My Review:

“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith”. This interesting statement that this author makes in this book sets the stage for a unique biblical fiction. It is not actually focused on a biblical character though. This book is about the woman that drew Moses from the Nile and really focuses on her life.

Since much can be learned from history, I was amazed at what I learned from this book. The Egyptian lifestyle was somewhat brutal and this book does go into some detail about some of the brutality. It is not graphic in the sense of reality, but I would not recommend it for young teens or those that are sheltered.

When I set this book down, it was one that you did not want to pick up another one for awhile. My mind was spinning with the beauty of the story. Yet another story about a strong woman that God used to save His people that was a Gentile. It spoke to me about how strong women were praised by God.

I loved how the word pictures were created in this book without glorifying evil or magnifying it. It spared nothing as far as description, yet gave you room to create your own visions of the historical setting.

I highly recommend!

This book was provided by Blogging for Books and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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