Read: Lily of the Nile – Stephanie Dray

03 Aug


With her parents dead, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is left at the mercy of her Roman captors. Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, it falls to Princess Selene to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers…

I stepped into this book knowing that it was close to the same story line as Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter.  And indeed, it was almost frighteningly close for the first three chapters.  I assume that it should be expected considering the subject matter is widely known.

I did like the differences.  While Selene and Helios share the bond that is unbreakable in both books, it does come to an end in each as well… although for entirely different reasons.

Cleopatra Selene discovers that she truly is her mother’s daughter, and she comes to know the power and responsibility that her mother shouldered.  Guided by the knowledge that she is Isis Resurrected, Selene engages in a dangerous game of strategy and test of wills with the man who ultimately brought her parents to their deaths… Julius Caesar Octavianus… Augustus… Octavian.

I did enjoy this book, and read it in only two or three days, although spread over a week.  I thought the last chapter was like walking into a brick wall.  The story came to a screeching halt and I was left wanting more.  More comes out in October, 2011… as Stephanie Dray releases Song of the Nile.

Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra’s daughter has become the emperor’s most unlikely apprentice and the one woman who can destroy his empire…

Color me happy in October.  I’ll snatch this up as soon as possible.

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Historical Fiction, Read


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