Sunday, January 16, 2011

Five Star Review: Romance, Espionage, and an Awesome Heroine

Me: Time for another favorite book of all time!

Aurelia: Entitled?

Me: Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.

Aurelia: Which is?

Me: My favorite historical fiction novel.

Aurelia: Why haven’t I ever heard of it?

Me: I have no idea. It’s fabulous!

Mara is a slave girl in Ancient Egypt. Determined to change her fortune and be free no matter what it takes. When a messenger from the queen makes Mara an offer to act as spy in the role of a royal interpreter, she accepts the challenge.

And when Sheftu, the scribe who is not a scribe, makes her the same offer on behalf of the queen’s enemy, Mara chooses to hold her tongue and walk the double-edged sword of political chance.

But too many chances add up to death, and the more Mara learns, the more she wishes she did not know.

Of course she could always sell out Sheftu. To save her own hide.

But what will happen to Egypt if she does?

Mara, Daughter of the Nile has EVERYTHING, in my opinion, that makes great historical fiction: a heroine with enough guts to put her entire world on the line. Enough detail to make you feel like you’re living in the time period. A romance composed almost entirely of impossibility. And plenty of political drama to keep you turning pages well into the night and beyond.

Aurelia: Let me get this straight. This is a royal drama with danger, romance, and intrigue? Are you’re sure this isn’t one of my books?

Me: It’s set in Ancient Egypt.

Aurelia: Right. Now where’s your copy?

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE Mara Daughter of the Nile, got my own copy of it for Christmas! :)