Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead turns 1 today.
I’m a big fan of Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh and here’s why:
The character Kiya is a strong-willed young woman who garnered my respect and interest from the beginning of the story when she demonstrates unselfishness and bravery to save her sisters. Originally named Naomi, Kiya has a sense of wisdom and a sense of self well beyond her years that serves her well as she deals with many challenges in her new life. She is intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful.
Horemheb. Read Kiya and you will understand. I love the relationship that develops between Kiya and Horemheb because of its complexity and depth.
The setting is wonderfully crafted with vivid details that allowed me to envision the rooms, the open skies, and the dust in the air. I was transported to ancient Egypt while reading.
What an interesting angle to tell the story from. Katie wove cultural norms into the Kiya’s story to establish authenticity and it became more like a rich tapestry of history. The relationships developed between the wives, the hierarchy of power, and the unspoken rules gave the story legitimacy.
Between the men on the ship wanting to test her, the purification process when her head was shaved, and the encounters with Nerfetiti, Kiya deals with conflict repeatedly, which made finding a stopping point in the Kiya story a little difficult.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kiya : Hope of the Pharaoh. Parts 2 and 3 are downloaded on my Kindle. If you haven’t had a chance to read Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, you should.