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''Mara, Daughter of the Nile'' is a YA novel by Eloise [=McGraw=] that is equal parts espionage thriller and romance novel, set in Ancient Egypt. The plot follows the slave girl Mara as she is sold by her brutal master, only to find herself drawn into two rival plots that involve the throne of Egypt. While at first acting only for herself, Mara finds herself falling for one of her two masters and believing in his cause. But maintaining her tenuous double life grows more and more difficult, and her failure to do so has consequences that change the course of Egypt's history.

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''Mara, Daughter of the Nile'' is a YA novel by Eloise [=McGraw=] that is equal parts espionage thriller and romance novel, set in Ancient Egypt. Egypt.

The plot follows the slave girl Mara as she is sold by her brutal master, only to find herself drawn into two rival plots that involve the throne of Egypt. While at first acting only for herself, Mara finds herself falling for one of her two masters and believing in his cause. But maintaining her tenuous double life grows more and more difficult, and her failure to do so has consequences that change the course of Egypt's history.
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* AncientEgypt: Naturally.

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\n* AncientEgypt: Naturally.The setting of the story.



---> '''Thutmose''': Well favored? In truth he is almost ugly, but no woman ever knows it.

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---> --> '''Thutmose''': Well favored? In truth he is almost ugly, but no woman ever knows it.


* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Hatshepsut's court is portrayed like this: being made up of Hatshepsut's hangers-on--most of whom are out for their own profit, those secretly loyal to Thutmose--most of whom are out for their own profit, and [[UpperClassTwit those too stupid to realize what's going on.]]

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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: DecadentCourt: Hatshepsut's court is portrayed like this: being made up of Hatshepsut's hangers-on--most of whom are out for their own profit, those secretly loyal to Thutmose--most of whom are out for their own profit, and [[UpperClassTwit those too stupid to realize what's going on.]]


* FatGirl: The Egyptian characters see Inanni as this. Due to Egypt's hot climate, ancient Egyptians tended to keep very slim. Mesopotamian cultures, just like the neighboring Greeks, tended to value fuller figured women.


* BarefootCaptives: Mara doesn't have sandals until she's pretending to be a free woman. As a slave in Zasha's home,s she was barefoot.

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* BarefootCaptives: Mara doesn't have sandals until she's pretending to be a free woman. As a slave in Zasha's home,s home, she was barefoot.


* ATasteOfTheLash: Zasha, and later Hatshepsut's lackeys, beat Mara with a whip as punishment.



* BarefootCaptives: Mara doesn't have sandals until she's pretending to be a free woman. As a slave in Zasha's home,s she was barefoot.



* CorporalPunishment: Mara gets this a lot, first from Zasha in retaliation for acting out as a slave and later from Chazdar in an attempt to get information about the plot to overthrow Hatshepsut.



* HollywoodHistory: While the details of day to day life in Egypt are mostly correct, the book portrays Hatshepsut as Thutmose's half-sister, while she was really his stepmother, and casts her as a power-hungry villainess, whose vanity threatens to bankrupt Egypt. Modern historians view her as an excellent ruler who actually had a good relationship with Thutmose.

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* HollywoodHistory: While the details of day to day life in Egypt are mostly correct, the book portrays Hatshepsut as Thutmose's half-sister, while she was really his stepmother, and casts her as a power-hungry villainess, whose vanity threatens to bankrupt Egypt. Modern historians view her as an excellent ruler who actually had a good relationship with Thutmose. To be entirely fair, though, the book was written in 1953, when information about Hatshepsut was either undiscovered or not readily available.


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* SympatheticSlaveOwner: Oddly enough for a book about a BeautifulSlaveGirl, most of the main characters are this, including [[spoiler: Mara and Sheftu themselves at the end.]] It's a case of TruthInTelevision; most, if not all, noblemen and women in Ancient Egypt would have owned slaves. (That being said, people like Zasha, who overwork and physically abuse their slaves, are still treated as abhorrent.)


* AncientEgypt: Naturally

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* AncientEgypt: NaturallyNaturally.


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* BornIntoSlavery: Maybe, maybe not. Mara has been a slave for virtually her entire life, but she has vague memories of living in a luxurious home as a very young child. It's never made clear whether she was a slave there, too, or a free child.


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* CreepyBlueEyes: Many people see Mara's eyes as unnatural and creepy.


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* NotUsedToFreedom: Mara's been a slave for so long that she's excited to be given basic necessities while pretending to be a free woman.


* GuileHero: Both Mara and Sheftu

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* GuileHero: Both Mara and SheftuSheftu.



* JadeColoredGlasses: Both Mara and Sheftu sport these

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* JadeColoredGlasses: Both Mara and Sheftu sport thesethese.



* SecretRelationship: Mara and Sheftu's WillTheyOrWontThey and BelligerentSexualTension have to be kept secret during their cover lives as great lord and lowly interpretor who barely have an excuse to interact. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Of course, people notice anyway]].

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* SecretRelationship: Mara and Sheftu's WillTheyOrWontThey and BelligerentSexualTension have to be kept secret during their cover lives as a great lord and a lowly interpretor who barely have an excuse to interact. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Of course, people notice anyway]].



* ThirdActMisunderstanding: Mara's double life breaks down, leading to Sheftu [[spoiler: nearly]] assasinating her to protect his identity.

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* ThirdActMisunderstanding: Mara's double life breaks down, leading to Sheftu [[spoiler: nearly]] assasinating nearly assassinating]] her to protect his identity.



* VillainousHarlequin: Sahure the juggler
* WarriorPrince: Thutmose

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* VillainousHarlequin: Sahure the juggler
juggler.
* WarriorPrince: ThutmoseThutmose.



* TheWisePrince: Thutmose, if you substitute "melancholy" for "brooding"

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* TheWisePrince: Thutmose, if you substitute "melancholy" for "brooding" "brooding."


* [[UnwantedSpouse Unwanted Fiancée]]: Inanni

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* [[UnwantedSpouse Unwanted Fiancée]]: InanniInanni. Thutmose's initial angry revulsion fades as he comes to see Inanni as a person rather than another insult by his half-sister, but he still doesn't want to marry her. She'd much rather go home to Syria herself.


* BattleButler:

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* BattleButler: Sheftu's got one. Officially he doesn't know about the plot. But they both know he does.

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* FatGirl: Poor Inanni.

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* FatGirl: Poor Inanni. The Egyptian characters see Inanni as this. Due to Egypt's hot climate, ancient Egyptians tended to keep very slim. Mesopotamian cultures, just like the neighboring Greeks, tended to value fuller figured women.


* InformedFlaw: We are repeatedly told that Sheftu is nothing special to look at. But since most of the book is from Mara's point of view and she thinks he's the hottest thing since desert bonfires, it doesn't have a lot of impact. Incidentally, Inanni finds him attractive as well.

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* InformedFlaw: We are repeatedly told that Sheftu is nothing special to look at. But since most of the book is from Mara's point of view and she thinks he's the hottest thing since desert bonfires, it doesn't have a lot of impact. Incidentally, Inanni finds him attractive as well.well - though she thinks a nice, luxuriant beard would work wonders.


* FemmeFataleSpy: Mara has definite elements of this. Note, however, that her employer didn't ''intend'' for her to captivate the leader of LaResistance into revealing nearly all his secrets to her.



* MataHari: Mara has definite elements of this. Note, however, that her employer didn't ''intend'' for her to captivate the leader of LaResistance into revealing nearly all his secrets to her.


* SpyCouple: Mara and Sheftu, essentially

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*{{Drives Like Crazy}} The Libyan.

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