Read – Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

28 Sep

As you may know, I griped and groaned much after reading a few pages of this book.  It seems that you cannot pick up anything anymore without it pertaining to ghosts, vampires, werewolves or some other form of dumb sparkly creature.  I felt disappointed that one of my favorite subject, Ancient Egypt, was getting the same treatment.

How wrong was I.

Queen of Kings weaves a story of lies based on the true story of Cleopatra, Antony and Octavian, Caesar Augustus.  What I initially feared was a silly story of vampirism quickly turned into a story involving myth, legends, love, power… everything you could hope it would be.

After Cleopatra hears that Antony has killed himself, believing that she betrayed him with Rome, she makes a bargain with the ancient goddess Sekhmet: Antony’s life for her soul.  Her wish is granted, but with terrible consequences.  What ensues is a wild story involving witches, warlocks, Hades and Persephone, immortals and mortals locked in a battle brought on by Octavian’s need to control Egypt and Cleopatra.  Cleopatra’s love for Antony unleashes a monster that she struggles to control, and who frightens the young Roman emperor.

An amazing book, full of folklore, amazing imagery  – all told at a tremendous pace that makes the book impossible to put down once you start.  I am more than happy to eat crow on this one, and admit that I was wrong!

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Read


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