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Daughters of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter Series #3)
     

Daughters of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter Series #3)

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by Stephanie Dray
 

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Based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter…

After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land

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Based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter…

After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land of enchanting possibility where she intends to revive her dynasty.

With her husband, King Juba II and the magic of Isis that is her birthright, Selene brings prosperity and peace to a kingdom thirsty for both. But when Augustus Caesar jealously demands that Selene’s children be given over to him to be fostered in Rome, she’s drawn back into the web of imperial plots and intrigues that she vowed to leave behind.

Determined and resourceful, Selene must shield her loved ones from the emperor’s wrath, all while vying with ruthless rivals like King Herod. Can she find a way to overcome the threat to her marriage, her kingdom, her family, and her faith? Or will she be the last of her line?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“An entertaining foray into an intriguing legend.”—Margaret George, author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra

“Brings to life one of the ancient world’s most important, interesting, and little known devotees of the goddess Isis. Magical!”—M. Isidora Forrest, author of Isis Magic

“Stephanie Dray brings true life to one of Egypt’s most intriguing princesses.”—Susan Fraser King, bestselling author of Queen Hereafter

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425258361
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Series:
Cleopatra's Daughter Series , #3
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
386,293
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

“An entertaining foray into an intriguing legend.”—Margaret George, author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra

“Brings to life one of the ancient world’s most important, interesting, and little known devotees of the goddess Isis. Magical!”—M. Isidora Forrest, author of Isis Magic

“Stephanie Dray brings true life to one of Egypt’s most intriguing princesses.”—Susan Fraser King, bestselling author of Queen Hereafter

 

Meet the Author

Stephanie Dray is a graduate of Smith College, a small women’s college in Massachusetts, where—to the consternation of her devoted professors—she was unable to master Latin. However, her concentration in Middle Eastern studies gave her a deeper understanding of the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-centric religions.
 
Using the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today, Stephanie remains fascinated by all things ancient and has—to the consternation of her devoted husband—collected a houseful of cats and Egyptian artifacts.
 

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Daughters of the Nile 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The final book in the Cleopatra's Daughter series, Daughters of the Nile is written by Stephanie Dray. This series has spanned the greater part of the life of Cleopatra Selene the daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. The scope of this series has been immense and Dray was certainly up to the task. She is a master storyteller with the ability to transport the reader back in time so completely, that they can hear the sounds and see the streets of Rome. Dray brings her series to a satisfying close that will bring a tear to eye and sense of loss at the ending of such a great story. A must read for historical fiction fans! What I liked: There are some books that are difficult to review and Daughters of the Nile is one of them. It's not because I didn't like it or because there isn't much to talk about, it's because I don't think I can do it justice. Readers who love historical fiction will absolutely fall in love with this book, as with the two previous books in the series. The characters are so strong and so life like that it is hard not to get drawn into the drama surrounding them. The setting is rich and vibrant and so full of all the things one expects from Rome and it's majesty. Dray is a born storyteller, a spinner of yarns and a teller of tales. She makes the reader not only want to read about the time period but to be part of it and experience it. This is one of the books that you just have to read to understand. This book can be read as a stand alone but I think I would probably cry if you didn't read them all. One of my favorite series of all time! Cleopatra Selene is a brilliant woman and leader that is both fierce and protective. Throughout the series we have seen her a child, a young ruler and now a leader and mother. She exemplifies what readers would expect from a queen, yet she is human and real, her relationships are poignant and full of raw emotion. I thought Dray would have a hard time bringing this series to an end, but I was wrong. She brought Cleopatra Selene full circle and ended it how it should have ended. I couldn't have imagined it any better. This book and series thrives on relationships. It may be a book based on a historical character, but it is so much more than that. Little is known about this time period in history, but Dray makes you think every single word of this story is true and real. She makes her readers invest in the characters and feel something for them What I didn't like:  Not one darn thing. Every single thing that happened in Daughters of the Nile from beginning to end was leading up to ending of this series, and though there were moments when I wanted to cry and moments when I felt proud and moments that made me happy, I never thought one thing was out of place or one word misused. That rarely happens in my experience as a reader and reviewer. I tend to look for those little things that don't quite ring true. I suppose that makes me a bit of a jaded reader, but a book like this reminds me that there are those few books that are truly five star novels and this is one of them. Bottom Line: If you don't read this series and you are a fan of historical fiction, you are doing yourself a disservice. It is an incredible read and you would kick yourself for missing it. It's just that simple. And I can't imagine what Dray will come up with next. That is a very joyful thought.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I've sat and thought about this book a really long time. Sometimes, the words fail a person when it comes to describing exactly what one thought of a book. This one left me speechless. I went into this book with a little hesitation. I wasn't thrilled with Song of the Nile. But, Selene really became the women she was meant to be in this last installment. I often felt like it was because she let go of the idea of returning to rule Egypt and she let go of Helios. Those huge things weighed her down and really prevented her from being happy. By letting go of the idea of Egypt, she was able to stop bending over backwards to please Augustus. She no longer needed to obey his every whim and obsession. I think this also lead to some awesome confrontations with the Emperor. So many people were afraid of him (with every right to be so), but Selene could hold her own against him. She defied him on many occasions, and while there were definitely repercussions for her actions, Augustus was so deluded that she was never out of favor for very long. But interestingly enough, she doesn't care what Augustus thinks. She's going to do her hardest to protect her kingdom and her children. Her love for Juba grows as time passes. I think was bonds her to him is when the finally have a son together. She sees his affections for him and her daughter even when he has to know that she is no his. Juba would literally walk on fire for all of them. But, his major fault is that he has a hard time standing up to Augustus and occasionally he thinks Selene's misgivings are unfounded. But, he learns to trust her and love her. I was so afraid the story would fall apart after the incident with the horse stables. How in the world would Juba and Selene ever put their lives back together? But, when the unthinkable happens, it was beautiful to read how the two of them managed to fall together instead of falling apart. I was also in tears at the end. Selene's death was absolutely beautifully told. Her version of the afterlife may differ with the beliefs of today, but it was so vivid! I can't not give this book enough praise. I think it beautifully highlights what was going on in Rome during this time period. I love how the author portrayed Selene and brought her to life. I also loved learning about the deity Isis. She was such a prominent figure in the time before Christianity.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE by Stephanie Dray is an exciting Historical Fiction based on the true story of Cleopatra's daughter. Book # 3 in the "Cleopatra's Daughter" trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in this Trilogy. However, with this said, I have not read the others but do intend to go back and do so. See, "Lily of the Nile" and " Song of the Nile". Written in first person. Oh my what an intriguing and interesting tale of Cleopatra's daughter, Cleopatra Selene, orphan, and despised daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and Rome's emperor's captive who suffers years of abuse. Now wife to King Juba II, and out to revive a dynasty in Mauretania. But her peace is once again threatened when Augustus Caesar demands her children be fostered in Rome. Empowering as well as gut wrenching tale of love, ruthless rivals, intrigue, unfailing courage, determination and destiny. Ms. Dray has weaved a story of a lesser-known historical character into a tale of magic, intrigue and used an exotic setting. History buffs are sure to enjoy "Daughter of the Nile" as well as romance readers, and historical fiction readers. An intriguing tale in which Ms. Dray brought the characters to life on the pages of "Daughters of the Nile". A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Vivi_Dumas More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Vivi Review Source: Author I hate to admit that this is the first book in this series I've had the pleasure of reading. I've read others from the author and I happy to say she once again amazed me. First, I'm a love of history, especially Egyptian history with their rich culture and blending of beliefs. Daughters of the Nile swept me up and dropped me into a world I absolutely loved. Ms. Drays vivid descriptions and beautiful prose paints the backdrop of a time period filled with political intrigue and magic can co-exist. I was sucked into the "pages" and drawn into this world Ms. Dray so skillfully built. Cleopatra Selene was a strong, smart, and caring woman. She wore her struggles and the wounds of her past graciously. Her characterization ran so deep I felt I knew her, walked with her in her journey. I liked that she wasn't perfect and struggled with her choices. Her relationships with the people in her life each revealed different aspect of her character, yet helped me understand who she was as a woman. This book was beautifully written. The characters have depth and an energy that draws you to them. I loved everything about this book and will definitely go back to read the others. An absolute must read for anyone who love Egyptian culture or just a lovely historical journey with brilliant characters.
BooksMania More than 1 year ago
As an aspiring historical fiction novelist, I consider Stephanie Dray a model and an inspiration of what I would like to create. This trilogy is hard to put down, it doesn't drag at all, every page is filled with action and suspense.  I read it fitfully due to little time, but at the end of the weeks I finished the three books, it felt like I had been watching a soap opera. It is that fast paced, that reading a little every day was like breaking into episodes. The descriptive style makes it easy to visualize the scenes, and imagine the characters. You feel like these personages are well known friends. A TV series should be made after it.  Fans of Phillippa Gregory, Jean Plaidy, Colin Falconer and historical fiction in general, will love this. Bravo Stephanie Dray !
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Alluring Angel - Kathy: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Daughters of the Nile, written by Stephanie Dray, is the 3rd and final book in her Cleopatra’s Daughter series.  Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony, is now queen, wife and mother, and together with her husband, King Juba, they rule the kingdom of Mauretania.  Hoping and praying that Augustus, the emperor of Rome, has gotten over his obsession with her, Selene wants nothing more than to raise her children in the new land that she now calls home. Unfortunately, Augustus has other plans. And no one says no to the emperor and expects to live.  Stephanie Dray is a very talented wordsmith who brings to life the time of 19 B. C. The reader will be drawn in, feeling all the emotions that her characters feel. Daughters of the Nile is a must read for any fan of historical fiction. And if you are not a fan of historical fiction, this series will convert you. It did me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago