Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra's daughter is the one woman with the power to destroy an empire...
Having survived her perilous childhood as a royal captive of Rome, Selene pledged her loyalty to Augustus and swore she would become his very own Cleopatra. Now the young queen faces an uncertain destiny in a foreign land.
The magic of Isis flowing through her veins is what makes her indispensable to the emperor. Against a backdrop of imperial politics and religious persecution, Cleopatra's daughter beguiles her way to the very precipice of power. She has never forgotten her birthright, but will the price of her mother's throne be more than she's willing to pay?
Last winter, as Minnesota received roughly eighteen inches of snow over the course of twelve hours, I stayed indoors with my Snuggie and devoured Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray. So naturally, as soon as the cover and synopsis were released for Song of the Nile, I knew I’d have to pick up a copy and find out where Cleopatra Selene’s story went. While I didn’t adore every detail of Song of the Nile’s plot, it’s intricacy and quick pace kept me satisfied.
As the novel begins, Selene is starting a whole new chapter of her life. I loved Selene because as a character, she raised quite a few questions. Are her actions based on her love of Egypt, Helious, Isis or pure selfishness? Dray has created a female protagonist that feels real and three dimensional.
Song of the Nile moves along at a nice pace. The story was packed with action, and even as I turned the pages, I found myself wanting more. I loved the intrigue that filled every page. I will admit that the romantic aspects of the novel struck me as particularly odd, and I’m still not sure what to make of them. I’d be happy to see where all of her characters end up in a third book.
Dray has written yet another novel that has satisfied my desire for historical fiction yet left me wanting more of her characters. I’m eager to share these books with my friends who are intrigued by this particular historical period. If you like intrigue, sex and magic mixed in with your historical fiction, I highly recommend picking up Dray’s novels.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you!