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Song of the Nile Cleopatras Daughter #2 [PDF] ✍ Song of the Nile Cleopatras Daughter #2 Author Stephanie Dray – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Sorceress Seductress Schemer Cleopatra's daughter is the one woman with the power to destroy an empire Having survived her perilous childhood as a royal captive of Rome Selene pledged her loyalty to A Sorceress Seductress Schemer the Nile PDF/EPUB Ã Cleopatra's daughter is the one woman with the power to destroy an empire Having survived her perilous childhood as a royal captive of Rome Selene pledged her loyalty to Augustus and swore she would become his very own Cleopatra Now the young ueen Song of PDF \ faces an uncertain destiny in a foreign landThe magic of Isis flowing through her veins is what makes her indispensable to the emperor Against a backdrop of imperial politics and religious persecution Cleopatra's daughter beguiles her way to the very precipice of power She has never forgotten of the Nile Kindle Ó her birthright but will the price of her mother's throne be than she's willing to pay.


10 thoughts on “Song of the Nile Cleopatras Daughter #2

  1. Gabrielle Carolina Gabrielle Carolina says:

    I was given the amazing gift of reading a pre release copy of this book In fact I read the manuscript off my computer and got to make suggestions to the author Yes I nearly died If you read my blog or follow me here on Goodreads you will know I adored the first book in this series How? Because I suggested it to all of you Why? Because it was incredible Since then the author and I have grown close and when she offered me the chance to read book two super early I couldn't refuse I needed Selene I craved Helios and my mind raced with the possibilities of where Song of the Nile could go I will admit I was surprised and at first confused I was so invested in these characters Selene especially I didn't want them hurt than they already were They get hurt they get hurt badly I was reminded of this uote while reading some of the emotionally grueling scenes There's a crack in everything that's how the light gets in Leonard Cohen There are cracks in this book cracks that push the boundaries of believing Selene would ever bounce back ever hold power or be with the one she loves I even doubted Steph she took it all away and gave it back to me again I am still a tad flabbergasted how in the world did she do that? I thought all hope was lost and then there was a lighthouse welcoming me back home flooding me with light There is a reason why Stephanie Dray is uickly becoming one of my favorite authors because she pushed it to the edge she did something so many authors are afraid to do and she did it well Read it you won't be disappointed one iota Long review TK


  2. Knotty Knotty says:

    I was extremely disappointed in this second book in the Cleopatra's Daughter series I read Dray's first novel Lily of the Nile and was excited for the follow up I enjoy reading about Cleopatra and Augustus and this novel infuriated me The first book focused on Cleopatra and Marc Antony's children Alexander Helios Cleopatra Selene and Philadelphus as they were taken to Rome after their parents suicide This series includes a magical aspect and Selene is portrayed as very haughty albeit royal girl with mysterious wind powers In Song of the Nile Selene is married to her tutor Juba and they are awarded Mauretania as a kingdom On her wedding day Selene dresses proactively and most of Rome is up in arms since it signifies that she is Augustus' whore After this event the book goes completely bonkersFirst of all Selene has a prior yet interesting relationship with Emperor Augustus In this novel Dray turns on the creepy factor and has Augustus RAPE Selene and possibly impregnate her Yes this is fiction but there are some liberties that I just can't accept I have read many books about Augustus and even though he was somewhat evil and manipulative he was still responsible for bringing the Golden Age of Rome It has been written that he would condemn people who would not be of pure Roman value and virtue so I cannot think he would find it acceptable to rape his own ward Especially the children of two of his greatest enemies So in the story Selene consents to Augustus since she wants to reclaim her mother's kingdom of Egypt This bothered me since it somewhat propagates the stereotypical Cleopatra myth that she would sleep with anything just to keep her kingdom Cleopatra Selene was only 10 when her parents died Is that enough time to teach a girl on how sex is a weapon? Perhaps Perhaps notIf that wasn't enough drama Selene decides it would be an awesome idea to sleep with her brother Oh excuse me not just her brother but her TWIN brother Yeah they shared womb time Apparently inside and outside which is just gross Sure Egyptian pharaohs married their siblings and what not but having sex with your twin is a little too Flowers in the Attic for me at least those two weren't TWINS TWINS Same womb Ok enough I'm sorry I hate that this book didn't focus on the love between Selene and Juba since they really were a love match


  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    The seuel to Lily of the Nile Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray continues the story of Cleopatra Selene daughter of the famous Cleopatra In this installment Selene marries becomes ueen of Mauretania and continually longs and schemes for the return of her birthright the throne of Egypt Song of the Nile begins with a prologue that refers to the myth of Persephone’s descent and so we know from the start that this book will take Selene into some painful emotional territory There are two elements here that may trouble some readers so I’ll get those out of the way while also saying that in my opinion they are handled well and are not gratuitousSPOILER AND TRIGGER WARNINGview spoilerThe first of these is a rape It’s strongly foreshadowed before it happens and it’s completely in character for the perpetrator Octavian as Dray has developed him It’s also thankfully not written in a titillating style at all Selene goes through a believable period of self doubt and then finds her anger realizing that he broke a basic rule of civilized behavior and that he was wrong to blame her and her attire for the assault Further complicating the situation is that he has so much power over Selene politically that it’s impossible to escape his orbit and he’s also the only one who can grant Selene the thing she most wantsThe second unsettling element is incest Selene’s brother Helios reappears at several points in the story and a sexual relationship develops between the two Or does it? These scenes are written with a great deal of ambiguity to the point that I suspect they’re dream seuences A literal reading is plausible but I’m inclined to think the Helios of this book as opposed to the one she grew up with in book one is kind of an animus figure for her onto whom she has projected desires she doesn’t dare indulge the desire to defy Rome and the desire to have sex and love without political calculation Or to use Selene’s own metaphor he’s her khaibit the shadow where she hides these unwanted feelings hide spoiler


  4. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

    Stephanie Dray continues the story of Cleopatra's daughter Selene as she travels into adulthood marriage motherhood and ueenship? Certainly Selene is hoping so a timely political marriage has made her ueen of Mauretania but she won't rest until she has her mother's kingdom of Egypt back The creepy and complicated Emperor Augustus is Selene's ticket to that fate but as his obsession with her deepens Selene has to ask if the price of becoming Pharoah is than she is really willing to pay I like an unashamedly ambitious heroine and Selene really fills the ticket a girl who can worry about the practical details of ruling like drainage and building programs dream about founding her own dynasty back in Egypt and lose herself in religious exaltation to Isis Complicating Selene's life are three complex men her intellectual husband Juba her golden twin brother who is in rebellion against Rome and the looming figure of Augustus but refreshingly Song of the Nile is less about Selene's romantic choices than her political ones Will she ever be happy with Mauretania or will she stake everything on a throw for Egypt? The answer may surprise you as much as it did her


  5. Angelc Angelc says:

    I love reading about Cleopatra so I already knew a little about her daughter Cleopatra Selene Maybe I had too many preconceived notions to really enjoy this version of the story plus a lot of the elements really took me out of my comfort zone I think I would have liked the story if it had been a YA book or historical romance The Historical Fiction genre is often too gritty and dark for me which was true of this book I just didn't like reading detailed rape scenes or the main character having sex with her twin brother If you are ok with reading these types of things this may be the book for youI'm not sure about the magic in the book While I understand that the magic and goddesses theme ties in with the beliefs of that time period it's hard to read a book based on real people and really believe that they had magical powersThere was a lot of action and lot of drama here so the book was very fast paced It's almost like an R rated soap opera set in ancient times This book has been getting many amazing reviews so I encourage you to try it if you think you will be okay with the difficult themesA fast paced read however a lot of the themes were too graphic for my tastesbook sent by publicist in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for


  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I was really disappointed with the second book of the series on Cleopatra's daughter There was nothing in this book that you looked forward to no love story that was not disgusting no regaining of a crown etc She distrusts her husband and even though it is obvious that he loves her she remains cold with him going so far as to say that there is shame in kissing him because she does not love him even though he is kind and has taken her daughter with another man apparently Helio'sas his ownYou alternate between her prostituting herself to an old man or her brother Even though it may have been the tradition of Egypt to marry siblings it still is disturbing and her crazy desire for her brother is not fun to readI ended up skimming the end of the book In the end she goes back to Juba and says that she needs a son and he gets all excited because he is in love with her and she remains the horrible character that she is and is like I chose Maurentania and you are the king of Maurentania I really enjoyed the first book Lily of the Nile but this book turned Selene into a very unlikeable characterA very disappointing read


  7. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    It's always such a joy when I come across books like Song of the Nile books that bring together my two favorite genres which are fantasy and historical fiction I'd looked forward to this novel ever since I finished reading its predecessor Lily of the Nile and it did not disappointSong of the Nile continues the story of Cleopatra Selene daughter of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony When we last left her she was growing up as a wardhostage in the household of the Roman emperor Augustus This book focuses on the next chapter of her life her marriage to King Juba II and her journey to become ueen of Mauretania All the while however Selene cannot leave behind the memories of the loved ones she has lost and continues to fight for her beloved Egypt and to claim her birthright to her mother's throne In this seuel I felt a shift in style from the first book While Lily of the Nile was very subtle in its themes and symbols Song of the Nile takes a head on approach at tackling the story This might have something to do with the fact that the subject matters in this book are a lot darker Selene has grown from a child to an adult so it makes sense that the themes in this novel would be mature but I was surprised to see that they were also controversial This and other factors made this book feel very different and Selene is no longer the Selene we knew from Lily of the Nile but all this is good in a way The character shows depth and growth and the author makes the reader feel that we are with Selene every step of the wayAs Selene becomes a woman her uest for her own identity continues At times her narrative makes her seem like she is confused with who she is or that she is everywhere at once For example one moment she would identify with her mother and in another she would identify with Augustus or she would think highly of her own abilities in one paragraph then despair of her helplessness in the next There was also her single minded goal to become ueen of Egypt and the disturbing lengths she would be willing to go to in order to achieve it This made the book frustrating to read at times but also hard not to sympathize when I knew this was simply Selene struggling to find herself and come out from under the emperor's thumb as well as her mother's shadow She's not perfect and that's okayAfter reading both books I think I still like Lily of the Nile which is why I rated this book the way I did but by no means does this indicate I think that the second book fails to live up to the standards of the first On the contrary I thought this was an excellent follow up but the first time you meet a character is just always so much powerfulAs before I am impressed with the amount of work that must have gone into the researching for this novel Ms Dray covered much of what is known about Selene's life but also added her own flair to the story to fill in the many gaps we don't know What makes this series even uniue is that there is also a heavy dose of fantastical elements such as Selene's and her siblings' abilities to work magic I know some people don't like fantasy in their historical fiction but I'm personally okay with it as long as it's done well and done tastefully and I feel the author strikes a good balance in these novels This is why I love reading historical fiction for the creative elements that fuel our imaginations and make what we know alive and interesting


  8. Audra (Unabridged Chick) Audra (Unabridged Chick) says:

    Nov 2013 rereadJust reread this in anticipation of the seuel; found it even upsetting than I remembered So much so I was anxious about starting the seuel unsure I could cope with what was ahead of me I'm particularly taken with Dray's transformation of her heroine from a child to an adult the Selene in this book is clearly the same girl from the first book but in the course of this one grows up fast amid and subject to real brutalityReview from Oct 2011 read 101911 103111Earlier this year I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series Lily of the Nile and I've been wiggling with anticipation for this book I'm thrilled to say that everything I loved in the first book Selene the historical setting the magical elements the compelling detail is in this one as well only amped up This is a darker novel that doesn't shy away from the grim reality of ancient Roman life around 25BC ish or so Selene Cleopatra's daughter has been married and sent to Mauritania but from the start of this book our heroine isn't a passive pawn As with the first novel Dray mixes history with magic but the fantastical elements don't dampen or soften the historical aspects which I so appreciate Dray doesn't age up Selene for example who is 14 at the start of this novel nor does she whitewash what imperial life was likeAs with the first novel this book features a teenaged heroine but isn't a YA story; it is decidedly mature and probably not something all readers will like I hesitate to say I enjoyed it because some of what transpired made me feel ill but Dray makes all the characters uite human and uite real to the point that I loved hated empathized with and dismissed everyone at some point even Selene It's a maddening wonderful feeling and for me it felt like an accurate representation of what life would have been like for Cleopatra's daughter You want royal intrigue this is your book I was sad when the book ended I could have used another 300 pages and I'm not sure if there's another book coming or not but I'm desperate for of Selene and her world I loved Mists of Avalon but found rest of Bradley's series to be very thin In this case Dray's books get better and better; her world building and character development is nuanced and compelling This is tawdry hist fic with a little steel in the spine and I mean that in the best way Get Lily of the Nile first then grab this one


  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    Selene's fascinating story continues in Stephanie Dray's Song of the Nile seuel to January's Lily of the Nile After being ripped away from her home and taken to Rome at a young age Selene has found herself as little than a political pawn of Augustus Though she has pledged to become Augustus' own Cleopatra she is married off to an African king to help solidify the kingdom's connection to Rome Though she finds herself far from the center of the Empire and from her brother Helios Selene remains entangled in the complex web of politics lust and religious persecution that could keep her from her beloved Egypt as well as the goddess IsisBasically everything that was good about Lily of the Nile was even better in Song of the Nile It seems like all the bit flaws and kinks that still needed to be worked out in the previous novel were completely flawless here From the very first page Selene grabs readers and entraps them in her world refusing to let them go Selene is a strong powerful woman who leaps off every page I became so invested in Selene that I sympathized with her struggles and took joy in her victories How she managed to find strength despite everything she went through is amazing and her political prowess and intelligence is some of the most developed and believable I've ever read in a historical novelSelene is almost so strong of a character that she completely overshadows virtually every other character in the novel though for the most part I really didn't mind this It would have helped balance the novel better but I was so enchanted by Selene that I was honestly fine with itAside from the characters the ancient world really felt like it came alive to me Filled with luscious detail Song is obviously thoroughly researched and has strong attention to every word and every detail then there's all the magical realism Some readers have trouble with novels that combine history with magic realism but I usually don't have a problem with it if it's done well Song of the Nile is one of the those instances where the magical realism adds so much to the overall plot and tone of the novel as well as define the main character that it just wouldn't be the same novel without it Overall an excellent read for fans of historical fiction that's even better than the first book


  10. Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ} Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ} says:

    Okay so first up this has a whole bunch of R18 kind of things going on There's rape and there's incestuousness For the first I hated that obviously and I hated that Selene would even consider letting a similar situation happen again only with her in control The second it was something common for brothers and sisters to wed each other and become Pharaoh and ueen but still since society these days look down on brother and sister love it was incredible uncomfortable to read about Selene and Helios sex lifeSecond this book has a lot blood betrayal and pain than the first and there was a lot for Selene to fight for It was still a very strong story for a fiction and reading the afterword was always bound to be interesting for filtering the fiction from the historical detailsJuba was such a decent guy in this novel it was sad to read Selene's constant rejection of him History says they had a uiet reign and they ruled well together I wonder what it was really like Because I definitely know I feel incredibly sorry for Juba in this representation of their life together I wonder what will happen in Book 3 I'm just glad that she gave it up to go back to him I'm glad she chose him over Caesar What else? It's strange I have very little to say about the first and the second book of this series I guess maybe it's the kind of historical fiction that is almost completely based on true historical people than fictional people in a historical time periodANYWAY for a good fiction about Cleopatra's daughter Cleopatra Selene then this is a good series to turn to


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10 thoughts on “Song of the Nile Cleopatras Daughter #2

  1. Gabrielle Carolina Gabrielle Carolina says:

    I was given the amazing gift of reading a pre release copy of this book In fact I read the manuscript off my computer and got to make suggestions to the author Yes I nearly died If you read my blog or follow me here on Goodreads you will know I adored the first book in this series How? Because I suggested it to all of you Why? Because it was incredible Since then the author and I have grown close and when she offered me the chance to read book two super early I couldn't refuse I needed Selene I craved Helios and my mind raced with the possibilities of where Song of the Nile could go I will admit I was surprised and at first confused I was so invested in these characters Selene especially I didn't want them hurt than they already were They get hurt they get hurt badly I was reminded of this uote while reading some of the emotionally grueling scenes There's a crack in everything that's how the light gets in Leonard Cohen There are cracks in this book cracks that push the boundaries of believing Selene would ever bounce back ever hold power or be with the one she loves I even doubted Steph she took it all away and gave it back to me again I am still a tad flabbergasted how in the world did she do that? I thought all hope was lost and then there was a lighthouse welcoming me back home flooding me with light There is a reason why Stephanie Dray is uickly becoming one of my favorite authors because she pushed it to the edge she did something so many authors are afraid to do and she did it well Read it you won't be disappointed one iota Long review TK

  2. Knotty Knotty says:

    I was extremely disappointed in this second book in the Cleopatra's Daughter series I read Dray's first novel Lily of the Nile and was excited for the follow up I enjoy reading about Cleopatra and Augustus and this novel infuriated me The first book focused on Cleopatra and Marc Antony's children Alexander Helios Cleopatra Selene and Philadelphus as they were taken to Rome after their parents suicide This series includes a magical aspect and Selene is portrayed as very haughty albeit royal girl with mysterious wind powers In Song of the Nile Selene is married to her tutor Juba and they are awarded Mauretania as a kingdom On her wedding day Selene dresses proactively and most of Rome is up in arms since it signifies that she is Augustus' whore After this event the book goes completely bonkersFirst of all Selene has a prior yet interesting relationship with Emperor Augustus In this novel Dray turns on the creepy factor and has Augustus RAPE Selene and possibly impregnate her Yes this is fiction but there are some liberties that I just can't accept I have read many books about Augustus and even though he was somewhat evil and manipulative he was still responsible for bringing the Golden Age of Rome It has been written that he would condemn people who would not be of pure Roman value and virtue so I cannot think he would find it acceptable to rape his own ward Especially the children of two of his greatest enemies So in the story Selene consents to Augustus since she wants to reclaim her mother's kingdom of Egypt This bothered me since it somewhat propagates the stereotypical Cleopatra myth that she would sleep with anything just to keep her kingdom Cleopatra Selene was only 10 when her parents died Is that enough time to teach a girl on how sex is a weapon? Perhaps Perhaps notIf that wasn't enough drama Selene decides it would be an awesome idea to sleep with her brother Oh excuse me not just her brother but her TWIN brother Yeah they shared womb time Apparently inside and outside which is just gross Sure Egyptian pharaohs married their siblings and what not but having sex with your twin is a little too Flowers in the Attic for me at least those two weren't TWINS TWINS Same womb Ok enough I'm sorry I hate that this book didn't focus on the love between Selene and Juba since they really were a love match

  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    The seuel to Lily of the Nile Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray continues the story of Cleopatra Selene daughter of the famous Cleopatra In this installment Selene marries becomes ueen of Mauretania and continually longs and schemes for the return of her birthright the throne of Egypt Song of the Nile begins with a prologue that refers to the myth of Persephone’s descent and so we know from the start that this book will take Selene into some painful emotional territory There are two elements here that may trouble some readers so I’ll get those out of the way while also saying that in my opinion they are handled well and are not gratuitousSPOILER AND TRIGGER WARNINGview spoilerThe first of these is a rape It’s strongly foreshadowed before it happens and it’s completely in character for the perpetrator Octavian as Dray has developed him It’s also thankfully not written in a titillating style at all Selene goes through a believable period of self doubt and then finds her anger realizing that he broke a basic rule of civilized behavior and that he was wrong to blame her and her attire for the assault Further complicating the situation is that he has so much power over Selene politically that it’s impossible to escape his orbit and he’s also the only one who can grant Selene the thing she most wantsThe second unsettling element is incest Selene’s brother Helios reappears at several points in the story and a sexual relationship develops between the two Or does it? These scenes are written with a great deal of ambiguity to the point that I suspect they’re dream seuences A literal reading is plausible but I’m inclined to think the Helios of this book as opposed to the one she grew up with in book one is kind of an animus figure for her onto whom she has projected desires she doesn’t dare indulge the desire to defy Rome and the desire to have sex and love without political calculation Or to use Selene’s own metaphor he’s her khaibit the shadow where she hides these unwanted feelings hide spoiler

  4. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

    Stephanie Dray continues the story of Cleopatra's daughter Selene as she travels into adulthood marriage motherhood and ueenship? Certainly Selene is hoping so a timely political marriage has made her ueen of Mauretania but she won't rest until she has her mother's kingdom of Egypt back The creepy and complicated Emperor Augustus is Selene's ticket to that fate but as his obsession with her deepens Selene has to ask if the price of becoming Pharoah is than she is really willing to pay I like an unashamedly ambitious heroine and Selene really fills the ticket a girl who can worry about the practical details of ruling like drainage and building programs dream about founding her own dynasty back in Egypt and lose herself in religious exaltation to Isis Complicating Selene's life are three complex men her intellectual husband Juba her golden twin brother who is in rebellion against Rome and the looming figure of Augustus but refreshingly Song of the Nile is less about Selene's romantic choices than her political ones Will she ever be happy with Mauretania or will she stake everything on a throw for Egypt? The answer may surprise you as much as it did her

  5. Angelc Angelc says:

    I love reading about Cleopatra so I already knew a little about her daughter Cleopatra Selene Maybe I had too many preconceived notions to really enjoy this version of the story plus a lot of the elements really took me out of my comfort zone I think I would have liked the story if it had been a YA book or historical romance The Historical Fiction genre is often too gritty and dark for me which was true of this book I just didn't like reading detailed rape scenes or the main character having sex with her twin brother If you are ok with reading these types of things this may be the book for youI'm not sure about the magic in the book While I understand that the magic and goddesses theme ties in with the beliefs of that time period it's hard to read a book based on real people and really believe that they had magical powersThere was a lot of action and lot of drama here so the book was very fast paced It's almost like an R rated soap opera set in ancient times This book has been getting many amazing reviews so I encourage you to try it if you think you will be okay with the difficult themesA fast paced read however a lot of the themes were too graphic for my tastesbook sent by publicist in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for

  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I was really disappointed with the second book of the series on Cleopatra's daughter There was nothing in this book that you looked forward to no love story that was not disgusting no regaining of a crown etc She distrusts her husband and even though it is obvious that he loves her she remains cold with him going so far as to say that there is shame in kissing him because she does not love him even though he is kind and has taken her daughter with another man apparently Helio'sas his ownYou alternate between her prostituting herself to an old man or her brother Even though it may have been the tradition of Egypt to marry siblings it still is disturbing and her crazy desire for her brother is not fun to readI ended up skimming the end of the book In the end she goes back to Juba and says that she needs a son and he gets all excited because he is in love with her and she remains the horrible character that she is and is like I chose Maurentania and you are the king of Maurentania I really enjoyed the first book Lily of the Nile but this book turned Selene into a very unlikeable characterA very disappointing read

  7. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    It's always such a joy when I come across books like Song of the Nile books that bring together my two favorite genres which are fantasy and historical fiction I'd looked forward to this novel ever since I finished reading its predecessor Lily of the Nile and it did not disappointSong of the Nile continues the story of Cleopatra Selene daughter of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony When we last left her she was growing up as a wardhostage in the household of the Roman emperor Augustus This book focuses on the next chapter of her life her marriage to King Juba II and her journey to become ueen of Mauretania All the while however Selene cannot leave behind the memories of the loved ones she has lost and continues to fight for her beloved Egypt and to claim her birthright to her mother's throne In this seuel I felt a shift in style from the first book While Lily of the Nile was very subtle in its themes and symbols Song of the Nile takes a head on approach at tackling the story This might have something to do with the fact that the subject matters in this book are a lot darker Selene has grown from a child to an adult so it makes sense that the themes in this novel would be mature but I was surprised to see that they were also controversial This and other factors made this book feel very different and Selene is no longer the Selene we knew from Lily of the Nile but all this is good in a way The character shows depth and growth and the author makes the reader feel that we are with Selene every step of the wayAs Selene becomes a woman her uest for her own identity continues At times her narrative makes her seem like she is confused with who she is or that she is everywhere at once For example one moment she would identify with her mother and in another she would identify with Augustus or she would think highly of her own abilities in one paragraph then despair of her helplessness in the next There was also her single minded goal to become ueen of Egypt and the disturbing lengths she would be willing to go to in order to achieve it This made the book frustrating to read at times but also hard not to sympathize when I knew this was simply Selene struggling to find herself and come out from under the emperor's thumb as well as her mother's shadow She's not perfect and that's okayAfter reading both books I think I still like Lily of the Nile which is why I rated this book the way I did but by no means does this indicate I think that the second book fails to live up to the standards of the first On the contrary I thought this was an excellent follow up but the first time you meet a character is just always so much powerfulAs before I am impressed with the amount of work that must have gone into the researching for this novel Ms Dray covered much of what is known about Selene's life but also added her own flair to the story to fill in the many gaps we don't know What makes this series even uniue is that there is also a heavy dose of fantastical elements such as Selene's and her siblings' abilities to work magic I know some people don't like fantasy in their historical fiction but I'm personally okay with it as long as it's done well and done tastefully and I feel the author strikes a good balance in these novels This is why I love reading historical fiction for the creative elements that fuel our imaginations and make what we know alive and interesting

  8. Audra (Unabridged Chick) Audra (Unabridged Chick) says:

    Nov 2013 rereadJust reread this in anticipation of the seuel; found it even upsetting than I remembered So much so I was anxious about starting the seuel unsure I could cope with what was ahead of me I'm particularly taken with Dray's transformation of her heroine from a child to an adult the Selene in this book is clearly the same girl from the first book but in the course of this one grows up fast amid and subject to real brutalityReview from Oct 2011 read 101911 103111Earlier this year I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series Lily of the Nile and I've been wiggling with anticipation for this book I'm thrilled to say that everything I loved in the first book Selene the historical setting the magical elements the compelling detail is in this one as well only amped up This is a darker novel that doesn't shy away from the grim reality of ancient Roman life around 25BC ish or so Selene Cleopatra's daughter has been married and sent to Mauritania but from the start of this book our heroine isn't a passive pawn As with the first novel Dray mixes history with magic but the fantastical elements don't dampen or soften the historical aspects which I so appreciate Dray doesn't age up Selene for example who is 14 at the start of this novel nor does she whitewash what imperial life was likeAs with the first novel this book features a teenaged heroine but isn't a YA story; it is decidedly mature and probably not something all readers will like I hesitate to say I enjoyed it because some of what transpired made me feel ill but Dray makes all the characters uite human and uite real to the point that I loved hated empathized with and dismissed everyone at some point even Selene It's a maddening wonderful feeling and for me it felt like an accurate representation of what life would have been like for Cleopatra's daughter You want royal intrigue this is your book I was sad when the book ended I could have used another 300 pages and I'm not sure if there's another book coming or not but I'm desperate for of Selene and her world I loved Mists of Avalon but found rest of Bradley's series to be very thin In this case Dray's books get better and better; her world building and character development is nuanced and compelling This is tawdry hist fic with a little steel in the spine and I mean that in the best way Get Lily of the Nile first then grab this one

  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    Selene's fascinating story continues in Stephanie Dray's Song of the Nile seuel to January's Lily of the Nile After being ripped away from her home and taken to Rome at a young age Selene has found herself as little than a political pawn of Augustus Though she has pledged to become Augustus' own Cleopatra she is married off to an African king to help solidify the kingdom's connection to Rome Though she finds herself far from the center of the Empire and from her brother Helios Selene remains entangled in the complex web of politics lust and religious persecution that could keep her from her beloved Egypt as well as the goddess IsisBasically everything that was good about Lily of the Nile was even better in Song of the Nile It seems like all the bit flaws and kinks that still needed to be worked out in the previous novel were completely flawless here From the very first page Selene grabs readers and entraps them in her world refusing to let them go Selene is a strong powerful woman who leaps off every page I became so invested in Selene that I sympathized with her struggles and took joy in her victories How she managed to find strength despite everything she went through is amazing and her political prowess and intelligence is some of the most developed and believable I've ever read in a historical novelSelene is almost so strong of a character that she completely overshadows virtually every other character in the novel though for the most part I really didn't mind this It would have helped balance the novel better but I was so enchanted by Selene that I was honestly fine with itAside from the characters the ancient world really felt like it came alive to me Filled with luscious detail Song is obviously thoroughly researched and has strong attention to every word and every detail then there's all the magical realism Some readers have trouble with novels that combine history with magic realism but I usually don't have a problem with it if it's done well Song of the Nile is one of the those instances where the magical realism adds so much to the overall plot and tone of the novel as well as define the main character that it just wouldn't be the same novel without it Overall an excellent read for fans of historical fiction that's even better than the first book

  10. Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ} Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ} says:

    Okay so first up this has a whole bunch of R18 kind of things going on There's rape and there's incestuousness For the first I hated that obviously and I hated that Selene would even consider letting a similar situation happen again only with her in control The second it was something common for brothers and sisters to wed each other and become Pharaoh and ueen but still since society these days look down on brother and sister love it was incredible uncomfortable to read about Selene and Helios sex lifeSecond this book has a lot blood betrayal and pain than the first and there was a lot for Selene to fight for It was still a very strong story for a fiction and reading the afterword was always bound to be interesting for filtering the fiction from the historical detailsJuba was such a decent guy in this novel it was sad to read Selene's constant rejection of him History says they had a uiet reign and they ruled well together I wonder what it was really like Because I definitely know I feel incredibly sorry for Juba in this representation of their life together I wonder what will happen in Book 3 I'm just glad that she gave it up to go back to him I'm glad she chose him over Caesar What else? It's strange I have very little to say about the first and the second book of this series I guess maybe it's the kind of historical fiction that is almost completely based on true historical people than fictional people in a historical time periodANYWAY for a good fiction about Cleopatra's daughter Cleopatra Selene then this is a good series to turn to

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