Monday, October 24, 2011

Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!!

Release Date
October 4, 2011

**From the Press Release**

In January 2011, Stephanie Dray’s critically acclaimed Lily of the Nile introduced Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, to readers. Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, it fell to Princess Selene to save her brothers, outwit Augustus Caesar and reclaim the throne of Egypt.
With the captivating sequel, Song of the Nile, released October 4th 2011, Selene returns not as a prisoner of Rome but as the bride of King Juba of Mauretania--and as Mauretania’s Queen.


Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra’s daughter has become the emperor’s most unlikely apprentice and the one woman who can destroy his 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.

Forced to marry a man of the emperor’s choosing, Selene will not allow her new husband to rule in her name. She quickly establishes herself as a capable leader in her own right and as a religious icon. Beginning the hard work of building a new nation, she wins the love of her new subjects and makes herself vital to Rome by bringing forth bountiful harvests.

But it’s the magic of Isis flowing through her veins that 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?

Berkley Trade October 2011 (Trade Paperback)

Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Berkley Trade October 2011 (Trade Paperback, 416 pages)
# ISBN-10: 0425243044
# ISBN-13: 9780425243046

About the Author:

Stephanie graduated from Smith, a small women’s college in Massachusetts where–to the consternation of her devoted professors–she was unable to master Latin. However, her focus on Middle Eastern Studies gave her a deeper understanding of the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion.

Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the transformative power of magic realism to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today. She remains fascinated by all things Roman or Egyptian and has–to the consternation of her devoted husband–collected a house full of cats and ancient artifacts.

You may remember I reviewed (...and loved!) the first book in this series Lily of the Nile. That being said, I was delighted to be given the chance to read more of Cleopatra Selene's adventures in Augustus' Rome...And I wasn't disappointed!

I find it SOOOOO hard to be able to give a review on this book as it has SOOOO much in it!! And believe me I gobbled up every new twist and turn in Selene's story! I can of course in good conscious say that the reader will be treated to the royal wedding of Selene and Juba, and we get to see how they both travel to their new Kingdom Mauretania and settle into being a King and Queen.

It was wonderful to still get glimpses into Julia's life because I enjoyed her character, and Ms Dray is a woman after my own heart keeping Bast alive and well in this book...please keep her that way ;) Yay for kitties! And Of course Selene is older in this book...which presents more difficult challenges...being a young woman in a world mostly governed by men comes with it's own new set of problems. It was nice to see that nice transition to child to young woman even though some trials were difficult to watch the sweet herione go was quite an emotional book...but very rewarding and I can't wait for the third book!!!

Oh and a few minor warnings that I'd like to mention, though given the subject matter and the historical time frame it shouldn't be too surprising. There is the issues of incestuous relationships ( though nothing too nothing graphic),and rape (again nothing too graphic)....again nothing too surprising given the book involves Egyptian Royalty and Romans!

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Giveaway is open to US and Canada, Giveaway ends Friday October 28th 11:59pm, Winner will be drawn and announced the following day.

I was sent the book "Song of the Nile" free to review and offered a copy for a lucky reader,  however just because I got a free book did in no way shape my judgement of said book......that is all ;)

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  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review. If you haven't already posted it (and especially the one for Lily) on would you consider doing so?

  2. Yes! I'd love to win this book! I followed Stephanie on Twitter (my twitter is: gavincent). I have her first book... a very generous and lovely friend gifted it to me!
    P.S. How is Pixie?? I haven't been blogging much... I haven't done a post myself in like three weeks!!!!