The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Nefertari is the orphaned neice of Queen Nefertiti. Once adored, Nefertiti is now reviled as a heretic who banished the traditional gods of Egypt. Unfortunately for Nefertari, the transgressions of Nefertiti have become a stain on her reputation as well. As the member of a despised family, Nefertiti is considered by many to be unworthy of wedding Ramesses II and certainly unworthy of being his chief wife.
Nefertari is an extremely likable, well-developed character. She seemed complex enough to be real and good and strong enough to be a character I wanted to root for. Not to mention that the story itself was extremely engaging. As with “Janeology”, I read “The Heretic Queen” in less than a day and nearly forgot I was even reading.
Moran really made ancient Egypt come alive to me, and I cannot wait to read some of her other work.