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I love to read, mostly historical fiction with a little historical romance and some ghosty stories thrown int.

Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh

KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh - Katie Hamstead 1. Book read: Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh2. Words that describe the book: Ancient Egypt3. Characters you meet and/or Settings where it took place:1. Kiya (Naomi). Naomi is a Hebrew living in Thebes after Akhenaten left to build his new city honoring the Aten. When the Pharoah’s commander Horemheb tries to take her sisters to become concubines, Naomi steps up and offers to go in their place. Once she gets there, she is given the new name of Kiya2. Hoemheb. Horemheb is the right hand man of Pharaoh Akhenaten. He was ordered to obtain a new wife for the Pharaoh, one that would finally be able to produce a son and heir for him. Horemheb is fiercely loyal and convinces Kiya to be his eyes and ears among the women. In return he looks after her as much as he can. Eventually they become allies.3. Nefertiti. Nefertiti is Akhenaten’s primary wife. She has given him three daughters and rules the wives and concubines with an iron hand. She is jealous and power hungry, and immediately dislikes Kiya. I know that she is historically very powerful, but in this book she is a mess.4. Things that you liked and/or disliked about the book:1.I really enjoyed the way Akhenaten was portrayed. He was a fair King and tried to show love and concern for his wives and concubines. There were a few key wives mentioned in the book, and he was tender and compassionate with each of them. He loved Kiya and enjoyed her company the most. He rewarded her with travel and special events. Akhenaten was known for his deformities and in this book we was sickly and prone to anxiety attacks. However, Ms. Hamstead also gave him a good personality and a decent sense of humor, which softened him a bit.2.Oooh, I loved Commander Horemheb. He was young and powerful. Smart and loyal. He was by far my favorite character in this book. He became such good friends with Kiya. The whole time I was reading this book, I kept hoping that she would end up with him. It was obvious how much he cared about her, whether it was just strengthen his relationship with the Pharaoh, who knows…….3.Nefertiti was a hot mess and I loved it. Oh my. She would try her hardest to kill, hurt or embarrass poor Kiya, and she was always outwitted. Every time. Pharaoh always found out, and even though he loved her, she ended up reprimanded. She was so sure that she and her daughters deserved to rule Egypt, that she would do anything to get rid of “problems” in her way. 4.Although this has nothing to do with the book, I really hated the cover. In fact, when I read a review on Amazon, someone mentioned that despite the cover, it was a good story and shouldn’t be missed. Thank goodness I read that because I was about to pass on it.5. Goblets or less for a rating I am giving this 3 diet coke goblets. As much as I enjoyed the characters and the plot, the writing just didn’t compare to the 4 and 5 goblet novels I have read. It was a quick and easy read, but in the end it was just too simple. One review mentioned that it was a young adult novel. I didn’t notice that indicated on Netgalley, but I may have missed it. It could be true though because it did read like one, although I don’t think young adult has to be simple. Also, the end of this book had decent potential for a sequel, but I don’t think it will be at the top of my list.Checkout this review and MORE at Momwithabook.com