Sunday, May 26, 2013

KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead + Featured Freebie

KIYA: Hope of the PharaohWhen Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

My Rating: 5 Roses
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Talk about a historical epic! KIYA portrayed the era of Akhenaten perfectly, with a famous cast of characters and a deeper look into one of the unsung heroes of the time.

I loved Kiya's character. She's only known in history as the mother of King Tut and this book made her into a real, remarkable person. She was incredibly strong and very admirable. Honestly, the only thing I can say about her is that she was totally awesome.

There was a side note of romance that served more as great development for Kiya's character than a major plot point. It gave her another reason to survive and thrive. 

The historical character were portrayed so well. They were true to the real people while expanding them for the purposes of the story. I really appreciated that because I love Ancient Egypt and I wouldn't take kindly to someone messing with the major players of Egyptian history.

The plot spanned several years, but it was very well paced. I was hooked throughout the entire book. The political intrigue of such a turbulent time in Ancient Egyptian history provided thrills to spare. And the ending was a perfect wrap up, leaving an opening for history to complete. And I think that most people would be able to guess how it continues.

KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh was an epic historical read. Everyone, literally everyone, should read it. 

*Thanks to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for a copy!
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Julia Anderson is on a perilous quest to find the man who murdered her brother. Hot on the killer's trail, she stumbles into the arms of a man who resembles a fearsome pirate straight out of her childhood nightmares. But when this dark haired, blue-eyed pirate kisses her, the only thing he steals is her heart.

Captain Payton Tyler is on his own quest. He's distracted from his goal when an innocent, blond-haired beauty materializes out of the misty fog. When she disappears just as suddenly, he follows after her.

From the hellhole of the Barbary Coast to the refined society of old Sacramento, danger and intrigue thrust Julia and Payton together--and into each other's arms. As their desire for each other grows, so does Julia's suspicion. She fears the man who holds her in his arms, the man who holds her heart, may also be the man who killed her brother.



1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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