Child of the Morning

Child of the Morning

eBook - 2009
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Originally published in l977, this first novel by Pauline Gedge has become an international bestseller and has been translated into 5 foreign languages. A chronicle of passionate intrigue and sensuous exoticism, Child of the Morning resurrects the life of the awesome Hatshepsut, the only woman pharaoh of ancient Egypt, whose name was erased from history by her enemies, outraged at having to bow to a woman's command. Authentic in all of its detail and rich in powerful imagery, Child of the Morning "combines ancient artifacts, timeless psychology, and sure pacing" (The Globe and Mail), to portray the majesty of its vanished world. Its artistry transcends the boundaries of historical fiction to create a novel of the first order.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780143173632
Characteristics: 1 online resource (558 p.)


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Good, though some of the information we know to be dated or outright wrong now. On the strength of the story itself, a solid read.

Jan 09, 2015

I really did like this but I found it to be kind of hard to read. A lot of the things we have learned about Hatshepsut do not line up with this story such as how we now know that she died, and her relationship with her step son. This is an older book though so I do wonder what was known about Hatshepsut then vs now. I did like this book though and all Hatshepsut stories. Personally I like Daughter of the Gods better

Aug 17, 2014

I'm wondering if I've just been reading too much Egyptian historical fiction lately as I have not been all that enthralled by the last few.

My big issue with this story was the main character Hatshepsut. What a completely annoying person. She starts out as a entirely spoiled child and keeps that attitude and personality right until her death. I am pretty positive that a woman in her position would have needed more tact, charm and political astuteness to survive as long as she did as Pharaoh.

Dec 19, 2008

This is the first book in Gedge's Egyptian chronicles, notwithstanding the publication date shown here. It is still one of her best.

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Jan 09, 2015

annabisetia thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

The story of Queen Hatshepsut, the first and only female Pharaoh of Egypt.


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