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

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

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by Stephanie Dray
     
 

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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 birthSee more details below

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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 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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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:
9781101478325
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Series:
Cleopatra's Daughter Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
59,945
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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