Mini-Review: Sphinx’s Princess (Sphinx’s Princess #1) by Esther M. Friesner
Nefertiti may be the dutiful daughter of a commoner, but her inquisitive mind often gets her into situations that are far from ordinary, like receiving secret lessons from a scribe. And she’s the kind of girl who acts first, and apologizes later whenever she witnesses injustice or cruelty. But she is also extraordinarily beautiful. And news of her striking beauty and impulsive behavior attracts the attention of her aunt, the manipulative Queen Tiye, who sees Nefertiti as an ideal pawn in her desire for power. Even though Nefertiti is taken from her beloved family and forced into a life filled with courtly intrigue and danger, her spirit and mind will not rest. She continues to challenge herself and the boundaries of ancient Egyptian society.
Esther Friesner offers readers another fresh new look at an iconic figure—blending historical fiction and mythology in a thrilling concoction.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a copy of “Sphinx’s Queen” from Random Buzzers last month. Since I hadn’t read “Sphinx’s Princess” yet, I decided to go ahead and check out the first book. I thought the plot was interesting, but unfortunately I didn’t love it nearly as much as I hoped I would. For me, the book was rather hard to get into at first. It dragged. A lot. But thankfully, around chapter five, things began to get a bit more interesting. I’d been eying this book for a while before I picked it up, but truth be told, I don’t think I would’ve ever actually picked it up had I not received the sequel to review.
“Sphinx’s Princess” is a nice spin on classic mythology, and while it starts off slow, it does make for a good read. I will say this, if you’re going to read “Sphinx’s Princess” – make sure you have “Sphinx’s Queen” nearby. I say this because “Princess” ends with a cliffhanger that’ll drive you nuts, even if you didn’t care too much for the first book.