Book Review: Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up (6th grade+)

Sphinx’s Princess was a great book. I love how each book of this series is based on historical princesses. The book did have a very abrupt end which is why I immediately checked out the next book to figure out what happens next.



Nefertiti is the beautiful daughter of a commoner. Her hunger for wisdom and her thirst for adventure often get her into trouble. Like taking secret lessons from a scribe when women aren’t supposed to know how to read and write.

Nefertiti’s beauty has also attracted one person that she would rather have nothing to do with. Her Aunt Tiye. Aunt Tiye is the cunning, manipulative sister of Nefertiti’s father.

Aunt Tiye is also the Pharaoh’s wife, which makes her Queen Tiye. This means that she has authority over people and can tell them what to do. Her hot temper keeps anyone from crossing her path.

Queen Tiye wants to use Nefertiti to get what she wants and she will stop at nothing to attain it. Nefertiti is forced to stand up for herself and her beliefs in ways that she has never imagined.

Nefertiti must leave her family and enter a world filled with lies, betrayal, and treachery in the very heart of the Pharaoh’s kingdom.

If you are intrigued by this book, you can buy it here: Sphinx’s Princess (Princesses of Myth)


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