Reviewed by Zarabeth
This is the sequel to Dray's Lily of the Nile. I enjoyed this book far more and had to give it at least 4 stars.
This book picks up exactly where the last one left us with young Cleopatra Selene on the cusp of her arranged marriage and queendom. We follow her through several trials with both the Emperor and her husband, King Juba. And, of course, her loyalty to her family, her goddess, and Egypt is constantly under attack. There are several fantastic undercurrents in this story as compared to the first.
I think that as Selene ages and becomes a mother in this book I was more able to relate to her and truly get involved in her story. The first book left something wanting but this one does not. The romances in this novel are satisfying, if sad, and the sex is never obtrusive.
I, once again, have to appreciate Dray's attention to detail in her historical fiction. Her notes and comments in both books really justify her choices and I wholeheartedly approve of the creative licenses she has taken.
If you have any interest in historical fiction of this time period then absolutely read this book. If you have any interest in coming of age stories and trials of young royals- read this series.
I am very much looking forward to the next installment Ms. Dray!