About the Book
Anippe is the Pharaoh’s daughter. She’s grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.” “You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?
Mesu Andrews is an author and speaker who has devoted herself to passionate study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her audiences. Mesu and her husband, Roy, have two grown children and (Praise God!) a growing number of grandkids. They live in Washington, where Roy teaches at Multnomah University.
Mesu Andrews’ masterful retelling of the story of Pharoah’s daughter is her latest biblical “what if” novel. I’ve read them all and enjoyed how she brings the people from the Bible stories we all know and love to life. And I know that she studies, not only the Bible, but historical texts in order to make sure her novels are accurate. And as is the case in most Bible stories, this one has suspense, intrigue and bloodshed.
For me, the best part of her novels are the characters. Anippe, Pharaoh’s daughter, finds Moses in a basket, we all know that, but this book goes before and beyond that chapter of the Bible. Reading this book was just like going to the movies and yes, I laughed and I cried — more than once as she changes — forced by circumstances and her beliefs to make decisions she cannot change.
This was an awesome book that entertained, touched my heart and made me think.
If you love biblical fiction, the story of Moses or seeing the Bible come to life, you’ll love this book too.
My Rating: ♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎ out of 5