Lily of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter Series #1)

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Heiress of one empire and prisoner of another, it is up to the daughter of Cleopatra to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers...

To Isis worshippers, Princess Selene and her twin brother Helios embody the divine celestial pair who will bring about a Golden Age. But when Selene's parents are vanquished by Rome, her auspicious birth becomes a curse. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, the young messianic princess struggles for ...

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Overview

Heiress of one empire and prisoner of another, it is up to the daughter of Cleopatra to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers...

To Isis worshippers, Princess Selene and her twin brother Helios embody the divine celestial pair who will bring about a Golden Age. But when Selene's parents are vanquished by Rome, her auspicious birth becomes a curse. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, the young messianic princess struggles for survival in a Roman court of intrigue. She can't hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her hands, nor can she stop the emperor from using her powers for his own ends. But faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined to resurrect her mother's dreams. Can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win-or die?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dray deftly mixes magic and history in her debut, the first of a projected trilogy set in ancient Egypt. After Octavian defeats Cleopatra and her husband, Mark Antony, in battle, Octavian takes the Egyptian queen's three children--twins Cleopatra Selene and Alexander Helios and younger son Ptolemy Philadelphus--as spoils of war to Rome, where he makes them part of his family. While Helios rages against submitting to Octavian, Selene adopts a diplomatic path to ensure her survival and her brothers'. Selene discovers hidden powers within herself to fight for her Egyptian beliefs and proves an active, vibrant take-charge protagonist as she goes toe to toe with Octavian and staunchly defends her people. Readers will eagerly look forward to the next installment. (Jan.)
VOYA - Pam Carlson
Mother: a suicide. Social status: ward of the state. Religious beliefs: persecuted. How is a girl to be queen if she is not even living in her own country? Selene Ptolemy is the proud daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. Following their mother's death, she and her brothers are paraded through Rome in chains and their lives placed in the hands of the mercurial emperor Octavian. At first, the goddess Isis sends messages for Selene and Octavian carved in bloody hieroglyphics on Selene's hands and arms. As years pass and the messages cease, Selene believes Isis has deserted them. She tenaciously plots to regain her destiny as queen and struggles to remain Egyptian, even in the heart of Rome, surrendering to unwelcome compromises. Dray provides readers with an inside look at Roman government and intrigue at the highest levels as family members battle continuously for recognition. Lily of the Nile is a mostly engaging tale of perseverance, power, magic, faith, and triumph. Although just a teen, this future queen is a formidable, intelligent character. Indeed, apart from Octavian, the female characters are portrayed as the most skilled politically and often dominant over the males in their lives. A sequel is planned in which Selene will return to Africa. An author's note explains the importance of the Isiac religion as a precursor to the personal faith of Christianity. A reader's guide provides teachers and book clubs with thoughtful questions about the story, history, and culture of the novel. Reviewer: Pam Carlson
Library Journal
As Michelle Moran did in Cleopatra's Daughter, Dray chose to explore a lesser-known Egyptian royal in this, her first book in a trilogy about Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Antony and Cleopatra. The novel follows Selene's story from her parents' suicides, through the years that she and her brothers, Alexander and Philadelphus, were wards of Octavian, living in his sister's home until her betrothal to Juba II. Unlike Moran, who portrayed Selene as a fiery young girl who became an astute co-ruler of Mauretania with Juba, Dray has her Selene initially seem to be both more passive and victimized as a captive of Octavian, emperor of Rome. It isn't until she begins to manifest magical abilities of prophecy and healing through the goddess Isis that Selene's true character emerges, and she learns to manipulate people and situations to her benefit. Verdict Dray imbues her work with meticulously researched details of Roman life, historical figures, and political upheaval. Add magical realism and controversial goddess-worship, and you have a novel that will appeal to readers on many levels.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage P.L., AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238554
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Cleopatra's Daughter Series , #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 301,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Dray lives in Maryland.
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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    review taken from One Book At A Time

    It's funny how books about the exact same time period and people can have totally different feels to them. I've read Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran as well. They basically begin and end at the exact same points. While I like one slightly more than the other, the both were so different in style that if you enjoy Selene's story you should read them both.

    Selene felt young in this book and thus I think the book feels more young adult. This book also had a touch of magic that I found I really enjoyed. I still really enjoyed her character because she's still a princess even if she's been stripped of her titles. She refuses to bow down to her captors and I think she eventually earned the respect.

    The relationships were different in this one which was hard for me to accept. I found I liked the representation of Juba. I found I liked how Octavian was represented the best. He seemed almost crazy with his obsession with Cleopatra and it reflected a lot in how he dealt with Selene.

    I'm actually more excited to read the next in the series. From the end of Cleopatra's Daughter, I wanted to know what happened to Selene next. I can't wait to see what Stephanie Dray does with Song of The Nile.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    great read!

    totally enjoyable the characters were faceted and credible. totally good read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    Worth reading...yet

    I have found myself interested in the early roman times. I picked up this book wanting to sink into this time period. While the descriptions were wonderful the relationships between the characters was laking. I love the dynamic between the twins but the ending fell short, I realized there is another book to come but, this book left a little too much unresolved. While saying that I still suggest that lovers of history pick up this book. The descriptions were on par and the links to religion were quite interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

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    An intersting story

    An intersting tale of Cleoptra's daughter and of Rome. Looking forward to the next book. It. will be interesting to see where the next book goes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    Michelle Moran's "Cleopatra's Daughter" is quite possi

    Michelle Moran's "Cleopatra's Daughter" is quite possibly my favorite book. The story of Cleopatra Selene is one of my favorites, as well. So of course, this is right up my ally. I was skeptical from the start, but I stuck it out. One thing, this book employs a lot more fictional license than Moran's. I loved Moran's book because I could feel the terror and the uncertainty right from the start. Moran's felt more realistic, Dray's was a bit more fantastical. Nevertheless, this book was wonderful. I enjoyed how Selene learns to play Octavian's game, being as shrewd as her infamous mother. The two books cannot be fairly compared to one another as they are both different, but the story of Selene is always a gripping one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    The exotic magic of Cleopatra Selene will enchant the reader

    When Stephanie Dray came to lecture at our writers' group, I was more interested in the Mythica dark romance series she writes as Stephanie Draven, than in her historicals. But when she mentioned that there were magical aspects in her Cleopatra Selene series, I decided to check them out. I'm so glad I bought them. I've always been more into urban fantasy than historicals, but the quality of her writing hooked me from the start. I could feel I was actually there, in the nexus of Ancient Egypt and the Roman empire, understanding the beliefs and motivations of the characters. After a dramatic opening which detailed Selene's role in the suicide of her mother, Cleopatra, there was a lot of interesting action, but I wondered where the "magical aspect" was. Let me tell you, tt was worth waiting for. The magical communications from Isis represent a unique, exotic magic that fits perfectly in the mythology of Egypt. I have never read such a compelling account of pagan mysteries. I came to care deeply about Cleopatra Selene, her twin Alexander Helios, and little brother Philadelphus, so much so that I couldn't wait to read "Song of the Nile", the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    Could not put book down!

    I Hate to say that this book was WAY better the "Cleopatra's Daughter" by Michelle Moran,becouse She is one of my fav book writter. Once I started reading I could not stop reading it! I kept telling my self one more page or just one more chapter. Then in the end I finished the WHOLE BOOK IN ONE DAY! THis is a MUST READ! I could SO read this again. ^-^

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 12, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    If you thinking of bying you better or your really missing out big time.

    This book is amazing and im lucky it was summer vancation when I bought this book because I serously could not put it down. This book is about Cleopatras daughter Cleopatra Selen and her two sons Selens twin and younger brother. After the death of their mother Selen and her brothers are taken to Rome and livewith there fathers first wife, step-brothers, step-sisters, and cousins and enderor many hardships and trials. Well I don't want to spoil the book for you so I strongly recomend you bying this book you won't regret it trust me I know.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Loved it!!!

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    100% Entertaining

    I decided to read this book because of many wonderful reviews I saw. THANK YOU! I would not have picked it up if it weren't for them. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one in this series. I loved how I was transported to Rome in this book. I was there with Selene as she first gazed eyes on the ancient city. I am not sure how historically accurate the book may be but it was 100% entertaining.

    Princess Selene struggles to survive, protect her brothers, defend her faith and attempt to bring a Golden Age all while adapting to a new place, a new family and a changing body. I couldn't put this book down.

    I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I can't wait for October 4th for Song of the Nile to come out.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    A Must read

    I love the stories that come from Egypt and this one is one of the best. Cleopatra's daughter is a credit to her name and legacy. I was not able to put this book down once I picked it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!!

    This is one of the best books I have read. If you're into history and magic and that kind of stuff you need to read this. I had to make myself slow down at times 'cause it was so interesting i couldn't wait, if that makes sense :). Bottom line, great little book.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    A Recipe for Excellence

    Take the decadence, the gritty intrigue of HBO's Rome. Add in a dash of GRRM's moral ambiguity and impossibly difficult choices. Throw in the exaultation and strength of the divine feminine in The Mists of Avalon. Distill it in intricate historical accuracy and painstaking research. Sprinkle with magic.

    Read for hours.

    That's Lily of the Nile.

    Characters grow, change, morph and each one makes you feel something. The most minor of characters add depth to the major players. You cannot read this book without feeling the gamut of emotions. Your breath will be stolen, your heart will pound, you'll laugh, cheer, hate, rage, sympathize, adore... All because Lily of the Nile transports you into a River of Time where magic and gods thrive, while humanity does what humanity does... Live.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

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    READ THIS BOOK! It's a page turner.

    This book is historic fiction, not a romance book. The characters were all REAL people. It is extremely well researched and written. Can't wait for the next two books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    A Must Read

    Lily of the Nile is quite simply flawless. From the opening pages, the author weaves a spell that connects the reader to the character Selene so intimately that it's impossible to put the book down. Selene is such a realistic character--she's vulnerable and deep and complex. And the transition from childhood to womanhood is portrayed with a style and voice unmatched. This book is going on my keeper shelf forever.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Fantastic Read!

    I loved the book. I found it to be extremely well written and well researched. The characters, even those who did not appear often had depth and a history all their own. Small details, like the decorations for the Saturnalia festival and the Roman wedding ceremony dress and preparations had obviously been researched and added life to the story. For me, who has always had a fondness for ancient cultures, especially Egypt, it made the story that much better.

    Over the course of the story, the reader watches as Seleste grows from a royal child into a strong, independent woman. She fights to protect her family, her people, her goddess, and herself. But it isn't just about family, loyalty, faith or empowerment, though it is about those things. Its about learning who you are and what you are willing to do to achieve your dreams and protect those you love. And what you are willing to give up. In this, the author has done an excellent job. She could easily have made Seleste the perfect historical figure - kind, loving, determined and without any qualms about the things she had to do to survive, or the darker sides of her personality. Instead Mrs. Dray has given us the whole person: she worries about what she's doing, she lies, she has a temper, has a crisis of faith, and makes mistakes.

    Mrs. Dray's novel kept me reading, captured me with beautiful detail and emotion and a plot rife with political intrique and self-discovery. I recieved the book on Monday, intending to read the first chapter and then put it aside until Christmas Break. Instead I couldn't put the book down.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    strong first century BC thriller

    In 31 BC, Roman legions loyal to Octavian defeats married couple Cleopatra and Mark Antony at the battle of Actium. They follow that victory with a successful invasion of Egypt leading to the suicide of the royal opposition leaders. Afterward to insure no more Egyptian uprising behind a martyr and to extinguish the prophesized Golden Age for Isis worshippers, the young Roman emperor takes the vanquished Egyptian queen's preadolescent children in chains to Rome. He incorporates the older twins Cleopatra Selene and Alexander Helios and the youngest offspring Ptolemy Philadelphus into his household.

    Helios is irate as he loathes bowing down to the barbaric Roman Emperor who has taken away his divined destiny. His wiser sister Selene works the court though she conceals her Isis worship from those who scorn her beliefs as primitive. Selene soon learns she possesses inner strengths, outer enticing beauty to rival her mom, and a need to defend her religious beliefs and her people. She refuses to back away from the emperor as she challenges the man who defeated her mother in ways her mom tried to do but ultimately failed.

    Mindful of Michelle Moran's delightful young adult targeted Cleopatra's Daughter, Stephanie Dray provides a wonderful adult entry that enhances the first century BC thriller with a touch of magic. Selene is strong as she tries to protect her siblings and her people from the wrath of Rome. Historical armchair readers will enjoy a trip to the Mediterranean escorted by the charming Lily of the Nile.

    Harriet Klausner

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