In Cyber English this semester, my class had the option of choosing our own book to read, but instead of blogging about it while we are reading, we blogged about it after we had read the entire book. Then we had to answer questions about it and post those answers to our blogs. I decided to read the prequel to Sphinx’s Queen and I have a lot to say about this amazing book.
It was very hard to choose only one conflict in Sphinx’s Princess because there are so many (which is one of the many reasons why I couldn’t put this book down). But, in my opinion, I believe that the most important conflict of this book is When Nefertiti is told by her Great Aunt, Queen Tiye when she comes to “visit” (140) and tells Nefertiti that she is arranged to be “married to the prince of Egypt, Thutmose” (152). Unfortunately for Nefertiti, Thutmose is not really interested in her. His only interest was power over the land of Egypt. So Thutmose tries many things in order to “get rid of” Nefertiti, and make it seem like an accident. In the setting of the book I literally felt like I was standing right next to Nefertiti taking in the awe of Thebes (168), the beauty “of the Nile” (125), and the magnificence of the “royal palace” (173). The reason why I felt myself there with her is because of the diction and great descriptions that the author used.
Symbolism is a very powerful part in this book. “Blue lilies” (360) of the Nile represent the growing beauty of Nefertiti. Berett (aka Nava), is a good symbol of innocence, confusion, and fear because of her life before and when she knows Nefertiti as a “mother”-figure. And the most important symbol in this book is the magestic sphinx, which stands for the courage, boldness, bravery, and beauty. All of the traits that “round” Nefertiti into the true princess that she is and has become.
I felt that there were many important passages in Sphinx’s Princess and it was really hard for me to choose one. But, eventually, I settled on a phrase from page 291; “…he demanded “respect.”– but I don’t trust him.” (291) The reason I chose this quote is because it defines Nefertiti’s reason for not liking him, and the reason of why she’s trying to “run-away”. Also when reading Sphinx’s Princess, there was one word that I didn’t fully understand: “sau” (39). I didn’t look it up in an English dictionary because it’s an Egyptian word. So instead I tried to use context clues, and I figured out that a sau is a woman who makes amulets to ward off bad spirits and or demons, so it’s kind of a word that means ‘Egyptian shaman’.
I would recommend this book to fans of Nobody’s Princess also by Friesner, and also to The Hunger Games series lovers, because there is a lot of action and suspense which will continue to make a reader want to know more. As a rating on this book, on a 1-5 scale (five being the best), I would rate it a definite five, because this was a great cliffhanger, and I never became bored while reading it.