Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh
YA Historical Romance Fiction
The crazed Pharaoh Akhenaten, desperate for an heir, sent men to take a woman from among the Hebrews. So Naomi stepped in to protect the ones she loved from the cruel and perverted life of the palace.
She is given the Egyptian name 'Kiya' after being degraded and humiliated by the Great Queen Nefertiti. She finds herself instantly thrust into the intrigues of the royal family as the Pharaoh announces he was given a dream from his god, the Aten, that she will bear him his heir. But she is afraid of her husband, he's deformed and emotionally unstable.
Kiya finds herself allies with the powerful and calculating Commander Horemheb who teaches her about palace life and spends day in and day out tutoring her. He drives her to the highest ranks among the wives, while Nefertiti and her father scheme to destroy her.
She struggles within the monotheistic city of Aten, while she yearns to live according to her Hebrew customs, and with her feelings for the gentle Hebrew guard Malachi. But the more she is pushed upward by Horemheb, the more danger seems to find her. She is Nefertiti's biggest threat, and when she finds herself with child, Nefertiti's true cruelty and powers of manipulation are channeled against her. But the deadly game must be played carefully, and losses are sustained on both sides of the silent battle of wills and struggle for who will one day inherit the crown.
First 150 Words:
I sprinted through the dusty, narrow streets. My two younger sisters were hot on my trail, their footsteps sliding in the dirt as they took the corners, their hands occasionally slapping the mud brick walls for balance. I took a sharp turn and headed for the abandoned temple district.
I rounded a corner and came face to face with the grand gates to the Temple of Bast, where I paused. It had been only a few years since we Hebrews had not been allowed into that part of Thebes. We were considered a lower race to the Egyptians, near slaves in status, and blasphemous for our belief in the one god, Elohim. But then, Amenhotep IV rose to power. It seemed like a normal succession at first, until suddenly he began worshiping the sun disk god, Aten, exclusively.
The Egyptians abandoned Thebes for his new city, and we were left behind.