Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[Review] - Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Title: Song of the Nile
Author: Stephanie Dray
Series: Cleopatra's Daughter
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 4, 2011

I received this book for review from the author.

Summary:  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?

Thoughts: Selena's story is one of survival. Ever since her mother, Cleopatra committed suicide -  her life has been on a perilous edge. Selena has been held hostage for 4 years now by Augustus. Today is her wedding day. She has made a bargain with Augustus to marry someone of his choosing and in return he promises that Egypt will be hers one day. 

Going into this story I was familiar with Cleopatra's story, but nothing of her daughter Selena. What I learned was that Selena is just has strong and just as intriguing as her mother was.

I was instantly drawn in. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but Selena's story pulls at your heart. She makes a phenomenal heroine.  One of the things that bugged me about the story was the obsession Augustus has with Selena. I can see how that could happen, but I just found him annoying. Other than that I enjoyed reading this book. Song of the Nile is a great read, lush and descriptive. Full of intrigue and magic. Ms Dray weaves fiction and history splendidly.

Score: 4 Stars

Author Website: http://www.stephaniedray.com/

Cleopatra's Daughter:
Lily of the Nile
Song of the Nile

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