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Daughters of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter #3)

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Based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter…

After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land of enchanting possibility where she int
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Berkley
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Dec 05, 2013 Audra (Unabridged Chick) rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. It's been a few days since I've finished this one, and I'm still struggling with how to articulate just how much I adored this book. Loved it so much I want to just yell at everyone in all caps to convey my deep passion for it!

Daughters of the Nile is the final volume in Dray's trilogy about Cleopatra's daughter, Cleopatra Selene. (I've reviewed both the previous volumes, Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile .)

At this point in Selene's journey, she's begun openly resisting Roman
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Ana
I had the priviledge of receiving an ARC of this book. Thank for this honor, Ms. Dray...

“I may crumble away to dust, but my spirit remains… And in the Nile of Eternity, I shall live forever.”

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For centuries, little was known about Cleopatra VII’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene. And what little was mentioned of her in the annals of history, was more about who she was related to rather than who she truly was and what she accomplished. So, while her mother was forever immortalized as a temptress, Sele
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Gabrielle Carolina Nash
Feb 26, 2015 Gabrielle Carolina Nash rated it it was amazing
We know very little about Cleopatra Selene. That she lived and died we can be sure; no matter when or how she died it is certain she has achieved new life in the novels of Stephanie Dray. I believe Selene would be proud of her resurrection.

Dray is a master of her plots, never once letting them get the best of her, always willing to sacrifice, bend or manipulate to achieve an outcome- much like her Cleopatra.

As a proud supporter of the Nile novels I cannot begin to express my deep love for Cleo
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sigh, they say that all good things have to come to an end and unfortunately, that saying extends to really good book series (oh, but couldn't they go on forever, please???). Unfortunately, "Daughters of the Nile" is the final book in Stephanie Dray's Cleopatra's Daughter trilogy. What I can tell you, is that this is a very fitting and very good ending to this trilogy. While you would be able to "get" this book without reading the first two books, I want you to go back and read the first two ...more
Mishel Zabala
Dec 28, 2013 Mishel Zabala rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, favies
Daughters of the Nile has to be one of THE most satisfying conclusions to a trilogy I have ever read. I closed the book sighing with contentment as I wiped the remaining tears off my face. Yes, folks it was THAT good! I can’t help but write this review with the previous two novels in my head. The overall reading experience was epic in my opinion. I’ll try not to be a fan girl as I review this one but please excuse the moments when my cup runeth’ over.

Selene has come a long way from the captured
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Erin Tanner
Oct 25, 2013 Erin Tanner rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reviewing a proof of Daughters of the Nile. I must say that Stephanie Dray has another masterpiece on her hands. Daughters of the Nile is the final novel in the Nile series in which Ms. Dray has chronicled the life of Cleopatra VII's daughter Cleopatra Selene. The author has always done her research and it shows again in this well written novel. A picture of the time and all the political ambitions and intrigues of all are masterfully painted by the author. What makes Ms. ...more
Fantasy Literature
Dec 12, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Daughters of the Nile concludes Stephanie Dray’s trilogy about Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra, who survived the fall of her mother’s kingdom and went on to become a queen herself. I’ve never been quite sure how to categorize this series — is it fantasy? is it historical fiction with magic realism? — but I’ve certainly been enjoying it.

In Lily of the Nile, we saw Selene as a young girl coming of age; in Song of the Nile we saw her dealing with the issues of young womanhood in addition to the p
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Stephanie Thornton
Dec 03, 2013 Stephanie Thornton rated it it was amazing
Although the first two novels in Stephanie Dray's series on Cleopatra Selene had been on my reading list for a long time, I ended up reading Daughters of the Nile first. Needless to say, I was hooked and had to go back and read the entire series, which resulted in several nights of lost sleep. Cleopatra Selene is the epitome of a strong, passionate heroine who will do whatever it takes to outwit Augustus and Rome's plans for her. This is the perfect conclusion to an amazing trilogy on one of ...more
Jocelyn
Oct 17, 2015 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
Wow. I cannot even begin to convey how much this book touched me. It would be an understatement to say that it's simply good; it transported me so thoroughly to the historical time period that I have trouble thinking of it as a written story and not as a sort of vivid dream. The 500 pages felt like a blur. I used to hate reading anything on the history of the Roman Empire, but this book kept me up for hours after I was supposed to be sleeping, wondering, was this what Cleopatra Selene was like? ...more
Margaret
Nov 23, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing
(arc provided by author for an honest review)

This is book #3 in the Cleopatra's Daughter series, competing the series which started with Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile. You might be able to read this as a stand alone, but I don't recommend it, it is just too wonderful a series to miss any part of it.

How do I begin to review this book? It is hard at times to do a review justice without any spoilers and I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment of this wonderful book. It was a fitting conclu
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Sheree
Dec 16, 2013 Sheree rated it it was amazing
Over the course of this trilogy Stephanie Dray has laid out the life of Cleopatra Selene from captive of Caesar Augustus to wife of Juba II and Queen of Mauretania, daughter of Isis and mother, for readers to appreciate the heart and soul, strength and frailties of this amazing woman and I've loved every minute. Daughters of the Nile is an epic conclusion, fitting for one such as Cleopatra Selene.

I was moved to tears quite a few times, that's no mean feat for an author, after all it's history,
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Chelsey
Dec 08, 2013 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
Even though this is the third book in the series, it is the first one that I read. I loved it so much that I went back and ordered books one and two in this series. I have always been intrigued with Cleopatra’s life and history, but do not find as many books about her as I would often like to. This amazing series, written by Stephanie Dray, tells, and is based on the true story, of her daughter, Cleopatra Selene. The history do not know that much about this particular individual, but they can be ...more
Michalea
Feb 10, 2014 Michalea rated it it was amazing
An admission: I'm a dyed in the wool Egypt-o-phile and my interest in Augustan Rome isn't all that far behind. I read a lot of novels about those cultures/time periods. (I also read a lot of non-fiction in the same area.) Most of the novels aren't very good. They either totally blow the history, or they nail the history at the expense of the writing. There are a wretched few that blow the history and the writing.

Stephanie Dray's final volume in the trilogy about Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of
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BeenBunz
Mar 06, 2014 BeenBunz rated it really liked it
Since Lily of the Nile, Selene's voice has grown stronger, more scheming, increasingly supsicious of everyone and exhausted psychologically, emotionally and physically. Wondering if this was how her mom Cleopatra relented to before her infamous death. Selene's character changes were evident when she become a mother to Dora and even more so when Ptolemy I came into play. In the beginning, her tactics were geared towards in preserving her and her brothers survivals and then with the death of her ...more
Marci
Dec 09, 2013 Marci rated it it was amazing
This was just amazing! Every time I put this book down I felt the need to read just a few more pages....I couldn't get enough! This last chapter in the amazing life of Cleopatra Selene is the deepest, most enthralling by far. Deep emotional characters, amazing attention to places, descriptions, and details, this book had me at page one! Ms. Dray has a way of bringing her wonderful stories to life, and sucking you in page by page until the end! I loved the magic, the history, the characters, the ...more
Vida Torralba
Sep 04, 2015 Vida Torralba rated it it was amazing
I've always been fascinated with the ancient world so this series was a treat to finish. I've read the prologues and epilogues that the author was awesome to include to give the story its historical legs. The amount of research that went into writing these books was really impressive to the point of reading about Cleopatra Selene in the wiki feels like reading a scholarly version. Good job, author!
Elizabeth
Jan 01, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ancient-world
I finished reading this novel several days ago and I'm still at a loss of (review) words! All I can say is that this series is beyond incredible. The first two books were powerful on their own, but with this third one concluding Selene's life...my mind is blown! Stephanie, if you're reading this, please never stop writing. Tell us Dora's story, or maybe Arsinoe's...it doesn't matter who, just write another one!!!
Apricity
I liked this book because the author let the characters speak for themselves. In other words, there were no sudden character shifts, acts of god, or other miracles - and despite Selene's powers, the author let her experience the ups and downs of life, like marital spats and infertility. In addition to the plot and character development, the prose was lovely and the author managed to preserve a sense of history. Last but not least - there was a rare bittersweet ending, and the relationship ...more
Debbie Lester
Dec 26, 2013 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing
The final book in the Cleopatra's Daughter series, Daughters of the Nile is written by Stephanie Dray. This series has spanned the greater part of the life of Cleopatra Selene the daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. The scope of this series has been immense and Dray was certainly up to the task. She is a master storyteller with the ability to transport the reader back in time so completely, that they can hear the sounds and see the streets of Rome. Dray brings her series to a satisfying ...more
Kelly
Dec 11, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daughters of the Nile concludes Stephanie Dray’s trilogy about Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra, who survived the fall of her mother’s kingdom and went on to become a queen herself. I’ve never been quite sure how to categorize this series — is it fantasy? is it historical fiction with magic realism? — but I’ve certainly been enjoying it.

In Lily of the Nile, we saw Selene as a young girl coming of age; in Song of the Nile we saw her dealing with the issues of young womanhood in addition to the p
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The Romance Evangelist
Feb 10, 2014 The Romance Evangelist rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at SMI Book Club.

Daughters of the Nile is the third and final book in Stephanie Dray’s trilogy about Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra (yes, *that* one), that continues to fill in the missing pieces of her life that could only be imagined based on the few major details available in historical texts. In this book, we see Selene sent back to the husband she didn’t ask for, to be queen of a country that isn’t her belov
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Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-bought
The main strength of the Cleopatra’s Daughter trilogy is the characters. The characters are so real that when they get hurt, you feel the hurt right along with them. Believe me, Selene gets hurt a lot.

In the first book you have Selene as a frightened child, a captive in Rome. In Song of the Nile you have her as an emotionally stunted teenager suffering from a violent rape and being repudiated by a husband who refuses to listen to her side of the story. Now, finally, in Daughters of the Nile Sele
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Patty
Dec 31, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
Daughters of the Nile wraps up the trilogy on Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of the legendary Cleopatra of Egypt and Marc Antony of Rome that started with Lily of the Nile and continued with Song of the Nile. You do have to have read the first two books to enjoy the third but they do add to the richness of all of the characters' back stories. Such is the power and brilliance of Ms. Dray's writing skills.

I must admit to a partiality to books that take place in Ancient Rome. It's a time period tha
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Lynn Demsky
Jan 20, 2014 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
Based on the true story of Cleopatra's daughter… — After years of abuse as the emperor's captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land of enchanting possibility where she intends to revive her dynasty.
With her husband, King Juba II and the magic of Isis that is her birthright, Selene brings pro
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Anne
Jan 06, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
DotN was a marked improvement from the last book. Selene really comes into herself as the Queen of Mauretania. She and Juba have two children together (a daughter which isn’t his and a son that is) but Augustus Caesar demands that they are given to him to foster in Rome. Selene is determined in this book to keep her children away from Augustus Caesar, but ultimately the family goes to Rome. While there they endure some pretty terrible hardships that threaten to tear apart the peace and happiness ...more
Holly
Jan 13, 2014 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Sigh. I finish this book and realize that no matter how attached/emotional I get over characters and story lines and deaths and births in my favorite books, I have never actually CRIED while reading a book. (I'm not sure which is worse to admit, that I've never cried before, or that I cried during this book) My eyes were full of tears with that swollen feeling in my throat the entire second half of this book. And I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time as well.
AMAZING. Just amazing.
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE by Stephanie Dray is an exciting Historical Fiction based on the true story of Cleopatra's daughter. Book # 3 in the "Cleopatra's Daughter" trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in this Trilogy. However, with this said, I have not read the others but do intend to go back and do so. See, "Lily of the Nile" and " Song of the Nile". Written in first person. Oh my what an intriguing and interesting tale of Cleopatra's ...more
Vivi Dumas
Dec 13, 2013 Vivi Dumas rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: Vivi

Review Source: Author

I hate to admit that this is the first book in this series I've had the pleasure of reading. I've read others from the author and I happy to say she once again amazed me. First, I'm a love of history, especially Egyptian history with their rich culture and blending of beliefs. Daughters of the Nile swept me up and dropped me into a world I absolutely loved. Ms. Drays vivid descriptions and beautiful prose paints the backdrop of a time period filled with politic
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Tzi Alexander
Dec 06, 2013 Tzi Alexander rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Thanks to Miss Stephanie Dray, I had the grand opportunity of reviewing get new book of Daughter's of the Nile. This novel has everything you could desire. Tears, laughter, and love from the characters and you grow a deep love for the characters.

The final installment in the Cleopatra's Daughter series, it brings to life the culture and completes the final ending of the stage set before hand. Fulfilling its calling to finish the tale set before, it does its duty with beauty,elegance, and the ult
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Emma
Jan 26, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Dray...You outdid yourself.

I highly anticipated the release of Daughters of the Nile in December 2013, and it was most definitely worth the wait. Having read the first two books of this trilogy earlier in 2013 (back to back!), I just knew this 3rd and final installment in the series would not disappoint. I had no idea how far Daughters of the Nile would exceed my expectations.

Without giving away spoilers, Dray's portrayal of Kleopatra Selene's journey into womanhood, motherhood, marria
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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 ...more
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Cleopatra's Daughter (3 books)
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