Cleopatra Selene arrived in Rome in chains along with her
brother, Philadelphus. After the death of Queen Cleopatra
and her lover Mark Anthony, the captivity of their heirs
represented the end of the Ptolemy dynasty. Although
Cleopatra is dead, the people continue to worship Isis, and
Selene is seen as a symbol of hope. Selene vows to become
Queen of Egypt one day. When she discovers that Emperor
Augustus desires her, she knows she has a powerful weapon
at her disposal. With Augustus' vengeful wife, Livia,
watching her every move, Selene plots a dangerous game to
regain her mother's kingdom.
When Selene is of marriageable age, Augustus makes a
brilliant match for her with Juba, a Numidian Prince. Juba
and Selene are granted the kingdom of Mauretania where they
will rule as king and queen. Selene's lavish wedding
quickly produces envy and gossip of the emperor's over
fondness for the Egyptian beauty. Selene's dreams,
however, are haunted by the memory of her twin brother,
Helios, who Selene believes should have been her rightful
husband. Believing him dead, Selene submits to the
emperor's wishes but her marriage to Juba remains loveless.
Mauretania's beauty inspires Selene to recreate the beauty
of her beloved Alexandria. Selene quickly captures the
hearts of her people by transforming a barren land into a
valuable asset to Rome.
Selene's newfound happiness in Mauretania is short lived
when learns that Egypt has plunged into civil unrest.
Selene must decide between her devotion to her people and
her devotion to the Ptolemy dynasty. Determined to use her
influence over the emperor, Selene travels back to Rome to
make one last attempt to have herself crowned Queen of
Egypt, but in order to reclaim her mother's dynasty, Selene
must commit an unspeakable act that will alienate the man
she loves forever.
Although the novel takes some liberties with historical
facts, the author's splendid weaving of fact and fiction
has produced a magnificent novel with a magical twist! SONG
OF THE NILE spins Selene's story to make her her mother's
daughter. Selene is written as an opportunistic seductress
who will stop at nothing to reclaim her mother's kingdom.
Roman history buffs will admire how Ms. Dray brings her
characters to life. Stephanie Dray is the author to read
for those who enjoy reading Roman and Egyptian historical
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 Augustus and swore she
would become his very own Cleopatra. Now the young queen
faces an uncertain destiny in a foreign land.
The 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 her birthright, but will the price
of her mother's throne be more than she's willing to pay?