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Song of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter #2)

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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.

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Paperback, 398 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Berkley
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Historical Fiction 2011
29th out of 110 books — 656 voters
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G.C. Nash
Feb 26, 2015 G.C. Nash rated it it was amazing
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 need
Apr 10, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Lily of the Nile, Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray continues the story of Cleopatra Selene, daughter of the more famous Cleopatra. In this installment, Selene marries, becomes queen 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
Feb 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
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Kate Quinn
Aug 26, 2011 Kate Quinn rated it really liked it
Stephanie Dray continues the story of Cleopatra's daughter Selene as she travels into adulthood, marriage, motherhood - and queenship? Certainly Selene is hoping so: a timely political marriage has made her queen 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 more than she is really willing t ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Rebecca rated it did not like it
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Oct 21, 2011 Angelc rated it liked it
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 more 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 charact ...more
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
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 Queen, but still, since society these days look down on brother and sister love, it was incredible uncomfortable to read about Sel ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Oct 30, 2011 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
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 disappoint.

Song 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 ward/hostage in the household of the Roman emperor Augustus. This b
Aug 28, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Selene's fascinating story continues in Stephanie Dray's Song of the Nile, sequel 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 more 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, Sele

Last winter, as Minnesota received roughly eighteen inches of snow over the course of twelve hours, I stayed indoors with my Snuggie and devoured Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray. So naturally, as soon as the cover and synopsis were released for Song of the Nile, I knew I’d have to pick up a copy and find out where Cleopatra Selene’s story went. While I didn’t adore every detail of Song of the Nile’s plot, it’s intricacy and quick pace kept me satisfied.

As the novel begins, Selene is starting
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Nov 2013 reread

Just reread this in anticipation of the sequel; found it even more upsetting than I remembered! So much so, I was anxious about starting the sequel, 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 brutality.

Review from Oct 2011 (read 10/19/11 - 10/31/11
Nov 10, 2011 Svea rated it really liked it
Once again Stephanie Dray has created a novel of fast paced intrigue, gripping plot twists, and intense emotion. Picking up where Liliy of the Nile left off (my review), Song of the Nile tells the story of Cleopatra Selene's life as the new queen of Mauretania and her ongoing pursuit for the throne of Egypt. Throughout the novel we witness the transformation of Cleopatra Selene from a young and vulnerable girl into a woman of strength and cunning spirit....

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Deborah Sloan
Oct 18, 2011 Deborah Sloan rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Dray has a talent for drawing the reader into the story as if you are there observing all that takes place. I for one would love to have seen all that took place during the Roman/Egypt conquering and then come back to this time to record all I saw and witnessed. How fantastic that would be!

Cleopatra Selene when taken captive of Augstus is a political pawn and married off to the Western land of Mauretania. With hopes of recovering her title and lands of Egypt Selene must decide what is
Small Review
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I have also written a review for Book 1: Lily of the Nile

Fire up the Delorean

Song of the Nile picks up right where Lily of the Nile left off and I was immediately sucked back into Selene's world. I don't know whether it is Selene's captivating first person narrative or if it is Stephanie Dray's meticulous attention to detail, but rarely have I been so thoroughly absorbed in a book as I was with this series.

I could clearly picture everything Selene saw, taste wha
Jan 02, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-read
Received for Review
Overall Rating 2.75
Character Rating 2.75
Story Rating 2.75

NOTE: This book was extremely well written and researched. I believe those more interested in this period of history (and historical fiction readers) will love Song of the Nile! I had to write this review based on my personal reading experience but wanted to point out how much I think others will like the story.

What I Loved: Stephanie Dray has a wonderful way of making you feel like you are located right there with the c
Nov 13, 2011 Meagan rated it really liked it
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Stephanie Thornton
Dec 03, 2013 Stephanie Thornton rated it it was amazing
In a sequel darker than Lily of the Nile, Stephanie Dray once more breathes life into the story of Cleopatra Selene, this time as an ambitious young woman intent on reclaiming her throne as Queen of Egypt while maneuvering amongst the games of Roman politicians. Selene is more than just the daughter of Cleopatra; for now she is wife, mother, and a sorceress learning to manipulate both her political and magical powers.

I loved this sequel, complete with twists and turns that kept me up until all
Sep 01, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
The second installment of Stephanie Dray's Nile trilogy continues the story of Selene, Cleopatra's daughter. I am now anxiously awaiting the third book! As in the first book, Lily of the Nile, the story is fast-paced, well-researched and well-written. There is something for everyone--romance, intrigue, a tour of the ancient world, an updated historical perspective and characters the reader learns to care about.

I recently had the privilege of hearing Ms. Dray's presentation "Bad Girls of the Anci
Lauren Fidler
a note before reading: not only was the copy i received autographed but also there was a handwritten note from the author with a pretty little charm included. when my copy hadn't arrived in a few weeks (and i passive-aggressively posted about it), the author commented on my post, offering to have another copy sent. based on the condition of the envelope, it was definitely a mail-issue,not a goodreads one, but stephanie dray clearly understands and appreciates her readers. that's the sort of clas ...more
Tasya Dita
2.5/5 stars

I... don't like this one. I really enjoyed Lily of the Nile but I'm dissapointed in this one.

The writing style is still amazing. It's easy, it's really vivid. I flew through this book because it's just so easy to read. Augustus is definitely a fearsome antagonist. He's cunning, ruthless, ambitious, but also slightly unhinged. I'm okay with the whole Augustus plot, but I still feel unclear if Isidora is (view spoiler).
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-bought
Oftentimes the second book in a trilogy suffers from what I call Book 2 Syndrome. It means that the book is essentially a set up for the more exciting final book and ends on a huge cliffhanger to sucker readers into buying another book. This is definitely not the case with Stephanie Dray’s debut trilogy.

Cleopatra Selene is an even better character in this book not only because of her age but because of her life experience. Stephanie Dray manages to find a perfect balance between Selene’s ambitio
L (Sniffly Kitty)
Oct 17, 2011 L (Sniffly Kitty) rated it really liked it
Release date has been announced ^.^

I love the cover of this book, very powerful.
Oct 17, 2015 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, regardless of age
Recommended to Jocelyn by: Small Review
Every time I revisit these books, I am always incredibly impressed with them. This trilogy is so vividly written, with the grandeur of clashing cultures, the nostalgia of lost kingdoms, the wealth of philosophy and belief systems of the characters, all the way down to the most specific details of the setting. The best part are the characters, who are as flawed and messy and diverse as real people--but with the added element of political power, as well as the sense of fascination Dray imparts to ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
This book was just as enchanting as the first book, Lily of the Nile. Selene is driven and committed to getting Egypt back, and will go to any length to get it back, including giving the Emperor a son. You can't fault her for that, I feel, is that she was following the legend of her mother, whether it was true or not.
She is married to Juba in this novel, although she dislikes him greatly for the role he played in her parent's downfall, especially her father's. She has a daughter by the emperor
Sep 18, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
After reading an earlier book about Cleopatra Selene, I have been fascinated by her life so when I was asked to review Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray, I was thrilled.

Song of the Nile is actually the second book in the Cleopatra's Daughter series by Stephanie Dray. The first book is Lily of the Nile, which I also have, but have not had a chance to read yet. I do want to read it, but I think Song of the Nile stands on it's own just fine. Song of the Nile picks up Cleopatra Selene's story on he
p. 96: “I… realised he was vulnerable to me… I could take him as my lover or cast him away. It was my choice. Mine. And I chose him.

I really liked this book, even more so than the first one. Again, the magical elements of Song of the Nile seemed unnecessary because Dray can write the unadorned history so well. Once again, I enjoyed the voice of Selene, our narrator, and this time since this book spans roughly from when she’s 14 to about 25 the maturity and sophisticated strategizing of this cha
Oct 23, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
Song of the Nile is the second Novel of Cleopatra's Daughter written by Stephanie Dray. The first book, Lily of the Nile, was wonderful and reminded me how much I enjoy historical fiction. When reading a series, I always wonder if the current book will hold up to the story told in the previous book (or books). I am thrilled to say that Song of the Nile retained the strengths of Lily of the Nile while allowing the characters to grow with their circumstances.

Cleopatra Selene is no longer the frigh
Nov 17, 2011 Sheree rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Everything that I liked in Lily of the Nile was multiplied ten-fold in Song of the Nile making for an 'unputdownable' read. Ms Dray's skill is more refined, polished; the detail - exquisite, the pace - whirlwind, the characters - engaging and the plot - mesmerising.

Song of the Nile is a darker installment which in itself, appealed to me and at the risk of repeating myself I just love the way Stephanie interweaves history, artistic embellishment and mysticism, creating a captivating tap
Oct 11, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Historical Romance -Oct. 4th, 2011
4 stars

Song of the Nile is the sequel to Lily of the Nile. The story focuses on Selene, daughter of Cleopatra after the death of Cleopatra and the collapse of the Ptolemy dynasty in Egypt.

In Song of the Nile, we continue to follow Selene’s adventure/life. She is married off to Juba, the King of Mauritania and shipped off to North Africa as the Queen of Mauritania. Despite the change in her status, Selene continues her plot to re
Nazia Zennia
Oct 23, 2013 Nazia Zennia rated it really liked it
Its wonderful how Stephanie Dray can keep me reading no matter how important my other priorities are. This skill was apparent in the first book but Selene's character was the what was keeping me from completely enjoying it. But for whatever reason, I really enjoyed reading her voice in this one.
It could partially be that she was very young in the previous book and there was a bit of dissonance in me with her actions and age but she definitely grew into herself.
I loved her relationship wit
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STEPHANIE DRAY is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages and won the Golden Leaf. Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with R ...more
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