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Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Monday, October 10, 2011
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?

Goodreads Summary

This was easily one of the best historical books I have ever had the pleasure of picking up and reading.  The author writes so vividly and fluidly, the characters will appear "alive", and the events are fascinating.

Selene is a mini-Cleopatra in many ways, she always puts Egypt first.  She would do anything to aid and restore herself and twin as rulers...but how far is she willing to go?
When Selene is married off to Juba, she isn't exactly pleased, but knows that this event is not the end of her world.  However, she soon learns Augustus desires her...and believes her to be his Cleopatra.  He does something unspeakable to her that will motivate her throughout the book to work towards getting her Egypt. 

Selene does not really enjoy married life.  She and Juba are not particularly close, she finds solace in her twin brother-Helios-once thought dead to her.  The birth of her lovely daughter comes with a call to return to Augustus later on in the novel...she seizes this as a chance to reach her goals.  The book takes off from there.

Almost every event in this book held my attention.  The author manages to make history come alive with only a few tweaks.  Selene is the best heroine a reader could wish for-strong, charismatic, goal-oriented, compassionate, and intelligent.  She is, and deserves to be, the focal point of the novel.  The secondary characters, however, are no less interesting...downright intriguing. 

This book is highly recommended to adults eighteen and over (there are love scenes!). 

5 Stars

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