Nefertiti Reviews

Editor’s Pick of the Week (5.15) for Library Journal
“Mutnodjmet as narrator is a stroke of genius… Beautifully written and completely engrossing, this first novel should enjoy wide readership.”

Publishers Weekly
Moran “gets the details just right… in an epic that brings an ancient world to life.”

Romantic Times Book Review
“Before there was Cleopatra there was the notorious Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile. Moran recreates her story with a vibrancy, drama and compassion that would make the queen proud. As in The Other Boleyn Girl, the relationship between sisters sets this novel apart and makes Nefertiti’s story powerful and memorable. It belongs alongside the finest fictional biographies.”

Boston Globe (9.8.07)
“Almost every character in the book is based on a historical figure, and Moran fleshes out their personalities beautifully, highlighting the teenage pharaoh’s arrogance and paranoia, underscoring his queen’s ambition and insecurity…Inspired by the distinctive bust of Nefertiti at the Altes Museum, in Berlin, Moran has created an engrossing tribute to one of the most powerful and alluring women in history.”

Britain’s Daily Telegraph (9.1.07)
Nefertiti is a gem of a novel— the atmosphere positively seethes with intrigue, passion, betrayal and, above all, the searing and oppressive heat of sibling rivalry. Posh and Becks have nothing on the shenanigans of this ancient pair of celebrities!”

Britain’s Lancashire Post (8.12.07)
“The American writer Michelle Moran’s reconstruction of loopy celebrity royal worship 3,300 years BD (Before Diana) is a splendidly amoral murderous soap.”

Britain’s Daily Express
“‘Hugely enjoyable… the detail of life in the 18th dynasty is painted with a light hand and her characters live and breathe beneath their bejewelled wigs and kohl-ed eyes.”

Britain’s Bolton Evening News
“An engrossing story that never flags from start to finish.”
An “imaginative and intriguing account of the life of one of the greatest figures in Egyptian history.”

Romance Reviews Today
“Beautifully written and well researched, Nefertiti is a page-turner filled with amazing visuals of a dazzling historical period. I highly recommend this.”

Novel Reviews
“If you love historical novels, if you love political intrigue, and if you love surprises— you’ll love Nefertiti: A Novel.”

ArmChair Interview
“Author Moran’s debut is richly drawn and lovers of historical fiction will likely devour Nefertiti.”

Romance Readers Connection
“Michelle Moran brings ancient Egypt gloriously to life in this richly detailed, exquisitely written debut historical novel. If you are looking for a novel to immerse you into another time and place, then Nefertiti is that book. Nefertiti is a feast for historical fiction lovers and is highly recommended!”

Historical Romance Writers Review
“Michelle Moran brings readers a tour de force of historical fiction in Nefertiti. Readers are taken to the faraway world of intrigue that was the court of Nefertiti and her husband Pharaoh Amunhotep. With great attention to detail, Moran paints a picture of a lost ancient world of political power and lost innocence. Told through the eyes of Nefertiti’s sister Mutnodjmet, Nefertiti is a compelling and endearing tale.”

“An addictively engrossing epic that brings to life a fascinating time and place— a good choice for book clubs and all lovers of quality historical fiction.”

Katie McNeill for Blog Critics
Nefertiti is a powerful first novel from Michelle Moran. Well written and rich with details it is hard to put down once you start reading. I can only hope that her next book will be about Ancient Egypt as well; it is a place I long to go back to.”


Nefertiti is a fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable!”
—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Breath of Snow and Ashes

“There haven’t been two more fascinating or outrageous siblings since the Boleyn sisters burst onto the pages of historical fiction. Nefertiti is totally obsessive reading.”
—Robin Maxwell, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

Nefertiti: A Novel brings ancient Egypt to life as two royal sisters struggle to find fulfillment and happiness— one craving ultimate political power, the other desiring only to follow her heart.”
—India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter

“A provocative portrait of limitless power in an ancient land of limitless fascination.”
—Ki Longfellow, author of The Secret Magdalene

“A stunning debut… what a thrilling read! I found the whole book rich and compelling, exciting and haunting. [The character of] Nefertiti is a fine creation, both appealing and frightening, and she’s surrounded by a thoroughly satisfying cast of characters, too. The whole world of ancient Egypt comes to life.”
Rosalind Miles, New York Times bestselling author of I, Elizabeth