The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews – Review


“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”
you’ll be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a response, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.

I’m trying to not cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t shout.

When we make our way down the tiled corridor, I attempt to prevent at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I understand her spirit has flown yet I long for one more instant.

Like the waters of the Nile, I ‘ll flow.

Anippe has 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 second which awakens in her a horrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she’s 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 shield herself in the underworld gods, Anippe must launch some lies, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe considers Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deceit and putting her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in deadly risk.

As bloodshed and savage politics transfer the balance of power in Egypt, the gods disclose 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 an alternate strategy—for them all?


The Pharoah’s Daughter is a fictionalized telling of the story of Moses’ adopted mother. This book calls her Anippe, and tells her story, from growing up as Pharoah’s daughter, and afterwards, King Tut’s sister. She is terrified of Anubis, the god of the afterlife, after seeing him take her mother and infant brother during childbirth. She actually is married to a guy she does not understand at age 14, and is terrified to give birth, but after finding a Hebrew child floating in a basket while her husband is away at was, she determines the gods are favoring her so she doesn’t have to produce a child of her own.

This novel was interesting, as the author did use Biblical and historical truths for the storyline, but other parts were clearly made up and not scriptural. I believe we’ve to be mindful, as I said in a review for another novel, that we do not let the fictionalized narrative replace the Biblical truth we know in our heads. As a story, this was fascinating, but I simply don’t like freedoms taken in a “Biblical” storyline that are not in scripture.

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