Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Book Review: Lily of the Nile, by Stephanie Dray

If you like historical fiction, I have a fantastic recommendation for you! Lily of the Nile, by Stephanie Dray, is the incredible story of Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. The story begins when Alexandria is conquered by Rome, and Cleopatra kills herself through the bite of a snake. Her children by the late Mark Antony -- twins Cleopatra Selene and Alexander Helios, and their younger brother Ptolemy Philadelphus -- are taken into the household of the Roman emperor, Octavian.

Surprisingly, the children are not killed, but are allowed to grow up in the family of the emperor, all while dreaming of one day taking their rightful place back on the throne of Egypt. As twins, Selene and Helios have an unusually strong bond, but they later grow estranged as they differ on the best way to reclaim their kingdom. Is outright rebellion and war the best way, or are there more subtle ways of regaining power?

Meanwhile, as they bide their time, Selene feels the pain of strange hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her skin. Are they a message from her dead mother, Cleopatra, or are they from the goddess Isis? And why are these mysterious wounds inflicted on Selene and then healed again? Needless to say, these strange happenings only make Selene and Helios even more aware of their precarious status in Roman society -- and more determined than ever to leave it behind.

I adored every word of Lily of the Nile and am so excited that author Stephanie Dray is writing a sequel! If, like me, you’re a fan of historical fiction, then you must read Lily of the Nile. Not only will you get a valuable lesson in ancient history and the Isiac faith, but you’ll be absorbed in this fascinating tale from start to finish.




DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the links in this post.

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