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!