Friday, 25 October 2013

Review - Kiya: Hope of the Pharoah by Katie Hamstead

KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh

When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I love all things Ancient Egyptian, so I jumped at the chance to review Kiya!

When Pharaoh Akhenaten demands a Hebrew wife, Naomi offers herself in the place of her younger sisters. She travels to his palace, where she is given a new name, ‘Kiya’, and makes a deadly enemy in the jealous Queen Nefertiti. Torn between her duty to the Pharaoh and her own feelings, she has to navigate this perilous world of deception and intrigue whilst learning who to trust.

This is historical fiction as it should be – a great story in a compelling setting brought vividly to life in the writing. I never once felt that anything didn’t fit or didn’t feel authentic. I was completely sucked into this world! Kiya is a fierce and strong heroine with plenty of spirit, and is easy to root for. She refuses to compromise her beliefs even if it means risking her life. The other characters are equally well-drawn, and the plot kept me hooked. This is a well-researched and well-written debut, one I’d highly recommend!

Rating: ****


  1. This sounds great. I've been reading some Egyptian fiction recently and loving it. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.