Book Review: Song of the Nile

Book Review: Song of the NileSong of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Series: Cleopatra's Daughter #2
Published by Penguin on October 4th 2011
Pages: 416

Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra’s daughter has become the emperor’s most unlikely apprentice and the one woman who can destroy his 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.

Forced to marry a man of the emperor’s choosing, Selene will not allow her new husband to rule in her name. She quickly establishes herself as a capable leader in her own right and as a religious icon. Beginning the hard work of building a new nation, she wins the love of her new subjects and makes herself vital to Rome by bringing forth bountiful harvests.

But it’s the magic of Isis flowing through her veins that 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?

I absolutely adored Lily of the Nile, the first book in this series and jumped at the chance to read the second early. I'm a huge fan of mythology and historical fiction, so it was exciting to read on about Cleopatra's daughter Selene.
I have to admire Selene, for being as brave as she is and as brilliant and strong as a queen needs to be. She is forced into some horrific situations in this book that really show you the depth of a person that has a fire for gaining back her throne. I must feel bad for her husband Juba, who cannot contain her and probably does not want to. He is a moral man, but still faulted with having such admiration for the Roman Emperor.
There is so much tragedy in this book and at one point Selene is asked why she does not cry and Octavia answers that she would never stop once she started. Selene has had a hard life, one full of tragedy and she continually has to watch how and what she does to avoid further problems. I really just love the richness of this story, from the beautiful settings, to the politics and intrigue that come with the older politics of Roman times.
Final Verdict:
Definitely a series that everyone should read. It's a moving story full of intrigue, history and beautiful writing. You won't be disappointed.

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