Kiya has become the newest wife to the pharaoh King Akhenaten and hopefully the one that will prove strong enough to deliver an heir to the throne in the book “Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh” by Katie Hamstead. While being born Hebrew with the name Naomi, she must give up everything she has ever known in order to save her younger sisters. Shortly after her marriage to the pharaoh, she quickly rises and becomes one of his most favored wives. She also spends a lot of time learning under the Commander Horemheb. Throughout her time as a wife, she must work with Horemheb to uncover many plots against her husband. The Great Queen Nefertiti continually is jealous of Kiya and hopes to make her much less in the eyes of their husband. Akhenaten is a sickly pharaoh and Nefertiti hopes to make her daughters inherit the crown rather than a son, as it should be. Despite having so many wives and concubines, Kiya quickly sees how much Akhenaten loves each of them and only wishes to serve him. Her life was changed immensely in the one decision she made to save her sisters and she risks losing herself and her faith if she is not careful.
This novel involved many plot twists, some predictable but most not as predictable. Katie Hamstead truly is an incredible author and made the passing of time throughout this novel easy to understand. This story takes place over few years and the way it was written, it was not rough, but smoothly flowed. The story was very detailed and interesting. The story continued to impress me throughout and I never grew tired of it. I didn’t want to put the book down and luckily I was able to read it straight through. It is an excellent story and has a lot of interesting dilemmas that must be resolved.
Kiya/Naomi was a strong female character and I enjoyed the characteristics she contained and her ability to stick to her morals even when everything around her was changed so immensely. She is forced to worship her true faith in secrecy, must stick to her morals in her dealings with her husband, and she must fight to survive. She made many friends, few enemies, and even managed to find true love. Her story is well told and it is easy to like her in this novel.
Title: Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh
Author: Katie Hamstead
Format: Paperback, ebook
Page Nos.: 258
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: April 2013
Reviewer: Jillian Phil Rizzuto Authentic Jersey