The Drowning King

The Drowning King

by Emily Holleman

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The Drowning King by Emily Holleman

Ancient Egypt, 51 B.C. Sisters Arsinoe and Cleopatra face a devastating choice: to allow Rome's army to siphon power from their ailing father, or to take matters-and the dynasty-into their own hands

It's the dawn of a new era for Egypt as Cleopatra and her brother, Ptolemy, are welcomed to the throne after their father's death. But joint rule breeds its own conflicts: can the Nile be shared? Long overlooked by his father in favor of the beguiling Cleopatra, Ptolemy is determined to prove his ability as both man and king-but, at eleven, he is no match for his elder sister, who's quick to assert her primacy throughout the land.



Their sister Arsinoe is torn between her siblings in one of history's greatest power struggles. As the palace echoes with rumors, scandals and betrayal, Arsinoe's love for her childhood friend Alexander deepens into a forbidden passion that could endanger both their lives. When Cleopatra is forced to flee a rebel uprising, Arsinoe decides she has no choice but to follow her sister into exile.



Yet while Cleopatra gathers an army to retake the crown, Arsinoe begins to doubt whether her sister is the champion Egypt needs. Faced with the choice of betraying her family or her country, Arsinoe will determine a kingdom's fate and the course of history.


It's the dawn of a new era for Egypt as Cleopatra and her brother, Ptolemy, are welcomed to the throne after their father's death. But joint rule breeds its own conflicts: can the Nile be shared? Long overlooked by his father in favor of the beguiling Cleopatra, Ptolemy is determined to prove his ability as both man and king-but, at eleven, he is no match for his elder sister, who's quick to assert her primacy throughout the land.

Their sister Arsinoe is torn between her siblings in one of history's greatest power struggles. As the palace echoes with rumors, scandals and betrayal, Arsinoe's love for her childhood friend Alexander deepens into a forbidden passion that could endanger both their lives. When Cleopatra is forced to flee a rebel uprising, Arsinoe decides she has no choice but to follow her sister into exile.

Yet while Cleopatra gathers an army to retake the crown, Arsinoe begins to doubt whether her sister is the champion Egypt needs. Faced with the choice of betraying her family or her country, Arsinoe will determine a kingdom's fate and the course of history.










Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316383035
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: A Fall of Egypt Novel Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 511,865
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Emily Holleman, a graduate of Yale University, spent several years as an editor for Salon-a job she left to follow Arsinoe and her quest for the throne of Egypt. Currently based in Brooklyn, she has devoted the past three years to reading and writing about the Ptolemies and is, like Arsinoe, a younger sister. She is the author of Cleopatra's Shadows: A Fall of Egypt Novel.

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Mirella More than 1 year ago
The Drowning King is the sequel to Cleopatra's Shadows. Although I didn’t have an opportunity to read the first book, it did not hamper my ability to follow the plot and enjoy this second book. This novel is written in the point of view of Cleopatra, her sister Arsinoe, and their brother Ptolemy and encompasses the period when Julius Caesar begins his relationship with Cleopatra and Egypt succumbs to Rome’s control. These three characters give different perspectives to the political turmoil of the time period. What I enjoyed most was learning more about Arsinoe and Ptolemy, who have been historically overshadowed by Cleopatra in novels and books. There was plenty of intrigue and conflict to keep me reading to the very end. Vivid descriptions and great detail about the political climate graced each chapter – historical learning and good fiction intertwined! An excellent book for lovers of Ancient Egypt like me!