Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Copy Courtesy of Stephanie Dray
Release Date: 1/4/2011
Cleopatra. That name brings many things to mind, but did you know she had a daughter (and 3 sons)? Her name was Selene and this is her re-imagined, and magic-ified story. Selene and 2 of her brothers are captured by Octavian, the architect of her father Marc Antony and her mother's downfall, and brought into his 'family.' She must navigate the treacherous politics of this Roman world she finds herself in.
History sticklers beware, there are obviously some changes to the story so put on your enjoying reading hat before you read.
It did hurt to read some of the beginning parts of this book because of the viewpoint from the loser of an empire (very realistic and vivid). The hatred of Octavian (he's a real prick) and the obsequiousness of Selene is hard to stomach, but her thought process and reactions make a lot of sense even as Selene's twin brother rebellion makes sense.
There isn't a lot of action per se. The plot is not fast paced (it does drag a little at times); it's more of an exploration of Selene's internal and external struggles with her religion, her legacy and of course her captured status. I enjoyed this journey, but it's not for everyone.
The ending really makes all of Selene's struggles and having to put up with Octavian worth it. It is a powerful setup for the next book, and I'm looking forward to reading it.
A quick reminder that Stephanie did an interview with me last weekend, so you should definitely go check that out as well.
Star Rating: 3.5/5.0
For an explanation of the Star Rating go here.