For generations, the western world has been captivated by the mystery and allure of Ancient Egypt. From the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx to the waters of the Nile and the use of papyrus plants, we’ve marveled at this society’s ingenuity. Digging into Egyptian myths, history and culture, these nine stories bring the majesty and splendor of this ancient civilization to life on the page.

 The Heretic Queen
by Michelle Moran

This Egyptian princess must right her family’s wrongs and reclaim the throne. When she falls in love with the crown prince of a different dynasty though, all of these plans are thrown for a loop. The couple is now forced to overcome adversity against their relationship and save their respective kingdoms in the process.

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 The Chaos of Stars
by Kiersten White

In this novel inspired by Ancient Egyptian royalty, the main character Isadora is the daughter of Isis and Osiris. Quickly, she grows tired of being around immortal relatives and seeks to start a new life with her brother. The two embark on a quest into the mortal world, leaving behind all traces of their godly relatives. Will they be able to make it on their own?

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 The Memoirs of Cleopatra
by Margaret George

Told from the perspective of Cleopatra herself, this tale follows her quest to court the most powerful man in the world — Julius Caesar. Passion and betrayal go hand in hand in this tumultuous story of love and loss. The saga culminates with Cleopatra plotting her own death, but the ending is truly unexpected.

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 Bird in a Snare
by N.L. Holmes

Hani, an Egyptian diplomat, is faced with far more than he bargained for when he is sent to Syria on a murder investigation. In Syria, he comes face to face with religious divides that ruined relationships within his own family, making this an even harder case to crack. The success of his mission is reliant on his ability to retrieve evidence, but Hani is given plenty of reasons to not trust those demanding clues. Will he fulfill the superior’s wishes or succumb to his family’s deep-rooted issues? (Read our review here.)

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 Pharaoh’s Daughter
by Julius Lester

Alma and her brother Moses shun their birth parents in the hopes of living a happier life in this historical fiction title. Throughout the story, Moses seeks to avenge their wrongdoings and bring justice to his people, bringing an interesting twist to the biblical story of Moses.

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 River God
by Wilbur Smith

Envy is embodied in the form of subjects seeking to tear down their ruler in this novel. An ancient kingdom is brought together by the common goals of dethroning long-standing idols, with the incredibly talented Taita leading the charge. Quickly, this humble merchant is placed in a position to lead a nationwide rebellion, and he rises to the occasion with grace.

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 Cleopatra’s Shadows
by Emily Holleman

This fictional spin on the story of Cleopatra is told from the perspective of her younger sister, Arsinoe. The sisters encounter a myriad of challenges as the plot progresses and have to decide if upholding allegiance to their father is worth giving up the opportunity to rule their own dynasty.

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 The Sekhmet Bed
by Libbie Hawker

Ahmose, daughter of the Pharaoh, has dreamed of becoming a priestess for her entire life. Her family and kingdom have other plans, though, as they believe she should serve as the Great Royal Wife instead. While she is enraged by this order, she channels her anger to take revenge on the royals forcing her to give up her dream. Will Ahmose be able to live out her dream without her kingdom’s blessing?

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 Child of the Morning
by Pauline Gedge

Hatshepsut is forced into marrying her half-brother to keep the dynasty in her father’s bloodline, but a last-minute decision places her in line to be the next Pharoah. She then has to rise to the occasion as the threat of chaos looms over the kingdom. Hatshepsut demonstrates unmatched strength as she takes on the duty of governing the dynasty.

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