Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Blog Tour: Tiy and the Prince of Egypt by Debbie Dee

I received a copy of Tiy and the Prince of Egypt in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Tiy has always been different, with her fair skin, pale hair and blue eyes, and when she saves the Pharaoh's son, Amenhotep, from a sand storm, she becomes even more special to Egypt. Forming a close bond with the young heir to Egypt's throne, their friendship blossoms, to the point that upon the death of the Pharaoh, Amenhotep asks Tiy to marry him, just as a friend, so that she can offer his support to him and help him with the biggest challenge of his life.

Tiy and the Prince of Egypt is based on a real life Pharaoh and his Queen, which makes the story even more fascinating. Ancient Egypt has always been a fascinating subject for me, to the point where I wonder why I haven't read more fiction based on it, and so at the opportunity to participate in this blog tour I jumped!

I really liked the way that the relationship between Tiy and Amenhotep was based upon a friendship that really seemed to be built upon. They knew each other well, and played to their strengths and weaknesses accordingly.

Tiy as a character was interesting, at the beginning I found it quite difficult to actually picture her as 12, she just seemed far more sure of herself than any twelve year old I've ever met! And to be honest, at the end of the novel, at 17, she seemed to be far more confident and sure of herself than most teenagers are comfortable being! And for that reason I did find it difficult to imagine her the right age. But, considering the time in history when she was living, and the position her husband was called to fill at such a young age, the confidence and self assurance were understandable.

Though it is simplified slightly, presumably to appeal to a younger audience, there was some politics surrounding the life at the Egyptian court, particularly that surrounding Tiy's looks, and her childhood rivalry with Kepi. Personally I like some of the books I read to have political themes as well as romance or other ones, and in this case I enjoyed it as well. Though it was definitely at a level where Tiy and the Prince of Egypt was still an easy and enjoyable read.

I really enjoyed this book, it is a story of friendship, love and survival, set against one of the most fascinating empires in history and full of real people as characters.

Tiy and the Prince of Egypt
By Debbie Dee
Published by Dolce Books
Available September 27, 2013
Genre: Upper Middle Grade Fantasy, 250 pages

Book Description

Tiy is different than the other Egyptian girls--she has pale hair and more freckles than she wants to count. With her mother consumed by the need to keep up appearances, and her father too busy to care, Tiy just wants to disappear into the background. But her hope for a quiet life is shattered when she rescues Prince Amenhotep from a sandstorm and is rewarded with an invitation to attend the royal school in Egypt’s capital—-a place where girls like her will never fit in.

Amenhotep welcomes her into his close circle of friends and their friendship strengthens into a bond neither is willing to lose. But when Amenhotep becomes Pharaoh and is pressured by the priests to marry, the strength of their friendship is threatened. Will Tiy find enough courage to accept Amenhotep’s hand when he wants her to become the next Queen of Egypt, especially when her feelings run no deeper than friendship? And how can she protect him from the Nubian rebels who are determined to take control of Egypt?

Author Bio

Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning
how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. 

As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing. 

In addition to writing, she plays the piano, harp, violin, and gets in frequent fights with her cello. She loves to read and play board games - when she is winning. 

Debbie is also the author of young adult novels, The Last Witch and The Underground Witch

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