Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Tiy and the Prince of Egypt

Tiy and the Prince of Egypt
by Debbie Dee


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?


Tiy and the Prince of Egypt is a middle grade historical fiction work that completely grabbed my attention from the get-go! For one, Tiy was quite a likable character because of the strength she held onto above the obstacles. I found that Tiy grew throughout the book - something very refreshing. Readers of all ages need more honest and strong female characters who do not become "stuck".

It was my first time reading a historical fiction piece and I really enjoyed the amount of detail involved in describing everything that takes the reader to the time of ancient Egypt. Maybe I'm biased since I love anything having to do with Egypt...but that's beside the point. Dee's writing has made all the difference in this work. It was also awesome to realize that Dee based characters on actual people. 


If you've enjoyed the Dee's other books, you will more than love this one. Trust me! It's only great because Egypt rocks, but because it's testament how being different can be beautiful :)

About the Author

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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