Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Song of the Nile - 2nd in the Cleopatra's Daughter series
Author: Stephanie Dray
Release Date: October 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Fiction
Year/Setting: 25 B.C./Rome/Egypt/Africa
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Stephanie's Website/Blog: www.stephaniedray.com
I was absolutely thrilled to receive this book in my mailbox, because the first story written by Stephanie Dray - Lily of the Nile - was absolutely fantastic. So, it is not a huge surprise that this beautiful book was just as good as the first one.
We have been following Cleopatra’s children since Cleopatra killed herself within her tomb, and Octavian took the children back with him to Rome. I won’t go through all of it with you because, readers, you HAVE to read this series for yourself. This story follows Selene, Cleopatra’s much beloved daughter, who was the last of the Ptolemaic queens (Cleo VII). Now, Selene will do anything to get back her beloved Egypt, and that includes marrying a man she likes but doesn’t exactly love, in order to make the Roman Emperor happy enough to return her birthright to her. Selene has always had the reputation of being a sorceress - that the gifts and magic of Isis flow through her veins. She is also in love with her twin brother, who escaped from Rome and is now leading an army in order to take back Egypt, so that he and Selene can rule together.
Selene must do her part by convincing Octavian that she is on his side. In doing this, she must marry Caesar’s hand-picked groom - a young man named Juba who has been given the title of royalty and is being sent back to Africa to rule his people.
Selene goes with Juba, dutifully, and begins to create in Africa the same type of beauty and monuments that the lovely Egypt always had. She makes friends with the people there, and becomes a woman who all of the Africans believe is a good, honest, and decent ruler. She calms the natives and builds her empire, as Juba stays away from Cleo because he knows that she does not love him. She is in love with Helios, her missing brother, and has also been manhandled by Octavian.
Although Selene was dragged into Rome as a child in chains, she leaves Rome as a bride - a scion - who will be Queen over all she surveys, and take charge of the new, untamed world. However, her beloved Egypt is still what calls to Selene every minute of every day. And she must find a way to get the throne of Egypt back before it’s too late.
The Nile books have been outstanding. The story of Selene is intriguing, adventurous, and powerful, and every reader will be enthralled by what Stephanie Dray has accomplished!
Until next time, Amy
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