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Daughter of the Crocodile (Ptolemies Quartet #2)

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This title is set in Egypt, 279 BC. Ptolemy II Philandelphus, unconcerned with stately affairs, prefers to think about science, concubines and feasting. His reptilian sister returns to Egypt with her life in ruins. She wants to oust her brother's wife, marry him herself and be the saviour of Egypt, but his wife has other plans. Berenike Beta murders her husband and marries ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Faber & Faber (first published 2006)
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DNF on this one. I tried to read this sequel all the way through, but I give way at the 30% mark (though I skimmed the rest to see if there was some revelatory shift in writing style – there isn’t). This book is just such a slog to read and I have some really great books I could be getting on with instead.

My review of the first book (this is the second in an unfinished quartet), covers most of the points. Find it here:

There are some new things to note, ho
Jun 02, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
Book is set in Ptolemic Egypt, which isn't a period I know much about.

The book was interesting and absorbing. Took a while to get into as the writing style was a little odd.

Excellent read.
Carlos Miguel Zapata
Feb 01, 2015 Carlos Miguel Zapata rated it really liked it
Esta es una novela de narrativa historica que traslada al lector al periodo oscuro, y poco coonocida, de la historia de la antigüa Alejandria y los faraones griegos de Egipto, la dinastia mas extravagante y violenta que jamás haya exixtido, la que se extendio por mas de doce generaciones: desde la muerte de Alejandro Magno hasta la Caida de Cleopatra.

En esta narracion, el autor como los Ptolomeos iniciaron una etapa de decadencia politica, social y cultural , que dió al traste con la esaearicio
Rob Atkinson
Jul 24, 2011 Rob Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volume two -- and the last to date -- of the "Ptolemies Quartet" is still a real pleasure, if not as strong as the first entry in the series. Narrated by Seshat, Egyptian Goddess of History and Architecture (and also wife of Thoth, the God who narrated "The Ptolemies: House of the Eagle"), this novel details the lurid history of the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty of Pharaohs from the incestuous marriage of Ptolemy II to his scheming sister Arsinoe Beta through the ignominious reign and death of the fou ...more
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Feb 17, 2013 Wes Christensen rated it it was amazing
Second in a planned quartet of historical novels about the Ptolemies, and like the first one, it was a great read, leaving me wanting the rest of the promised four volumes. Will Mr. Sprott finish volume three at least?
Feb 10, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Though it is the second book out of four, and I have not read any of the others, it was not terribly confusing to follow. Great depiction of history in a fictional manor. Thank you Annika!
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Duncan Sprott is the author of The Clopton Hercules and Our Lady of the Potatoes, both historical reconstructions, published in the United Kingdom. He lives in Ireland.
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