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Song of the Nile

(Cleopatra's Daughter #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,898 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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
Paperback, 398 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Berkley Books
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Gabrielle Carolina
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, beta-read
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 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
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Kate Quinn
Jul 22, 2011 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
Oct 01, 2011 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
Aug 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Oct 09, 2011 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
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
May 06, 2011 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
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

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
Oct 24, 2011 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....

Read the full review on my blog:
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Deborah Sloan
Oct 18, 2011 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
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Stephanie Thornton
Apr 08, 2013 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
Aug 23, 2011 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
L.E. Fidler
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
L (Sniffly Kitty)
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Release date has been announced ^.^

I love the cover of this book, very powerful.
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
I didn't enjoy this one as much. I loved Selene in the previous book but an older Selene wasn't nearly as likable. I was disappointed by the state of (view spoiler) ...more
Small Review
Originally posted on Small Review

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
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I must admit, I haven’t read the first book in this series by Stephanie Dray, yet when we were asked to review Song of the Nile by the author I immediately jumped on the opportunity because I love stories about Egypt as well as goddesses and Song of Nile promised both. I am so glad I said yes to this book and I feel as though this second book in the series really does stand by itself quite well.

It is obvious that Ms. Dray has put in countless hours of research for this historical novel that feat
From historical obscurity has sprung Cleopatra Selene, brought to life by Stephanie Dray through Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile, a fully-developed and now unforgettable character. Both books are in my top ten reads of the last 2 years, and both books are amazing achievements- Dray is an absolutely gifted writer who deserves wide acclaim.

Don't read these books for the cover, because they in no way adequately communicate the wealth of written worth beneath. Don't read them solely for the h
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
Sep 17, 2011 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
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have found that reading about Cleopatra's daughter has been fascinating! I love historical fiction because you can imagine things that really happened. Even if it's a fictional story at least pieces of it were taken from history. To me that's just astounding. And especially for this ancient history where there really isn't that much detailed history left. Though I suppose that made it possible to weave in her own elements to create the story she did.

I really have to give the author props, beca
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while there comes a writer whose books grab you and don't let go, and after you've finished reading them you are never the same person, and you look at the world around you with new light. Stephanie Dray is one of those writers, and "Song of the Nile", her second book about Cleopatra's daughter, is one of those books.

"Song of the Nile" picks up at Selene's wedding to Juba, where Selene's choice of dressing like her mother instead of wearing the traditional Roman bride clothes tr
Amy Lignor
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely thrilled to receive this book in my mailbox, because the first story written by Stephanie Dray - Lily of the Nile - was absolutely fantastic. So, it is not a huge surprise that this beautiful book was just as good as the first one.

We have been following Cleopatra’s children since Cleopatra killed herself within her tomb, and Octavian took the children back with him to Rome. I won’t go through all of it with you because, readers, you HAVE to read this series for yourself. This st
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This one actually rates 3 and a half stars for me, but I thought I'd bump it up to 4, as it deals well with a topic that few books in recent memory have covered, in my opinion anyway. Not merely the subject of Cleopatra's daughter, fascinating as that is in itself, but also with the concept of parental legacies and to what lengths children will go in order to fulfill their parents' dreams.

When I started the book, I'd been under the impression that Cleopatra Selene, the heroine, had died as a ch
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 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
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STEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. She lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books.

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