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Daughter of the God-King

(Regency #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Hattie Blackhouse is the only child of famous Egyptologists, and when they go missing, she travels to their latest excavation in ancient Thebes only to discover that she is attracting interest from the French, the British, and the Egyptians, who believe her the reincarnation of a long-dead princess.

In the second book in the Regency series, the heroine finds herself in the
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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History, mystery, and romance. A dynamite combination when done well, and Anne Cleeland does it well. She combines each element with the others to create a story that is pleasing in all three areas. The archeological discoveries in Egypt in the early 1800s, Napoleon’s exile to Elba, the disappearance of people and valuable objects, and the electric attraction of the two main characters all provide enough to keep a reader up well past a respectable bedtime.

The time setting of the book is the Reg
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had hopes... Feeling the lack of Elizabeth Peters' wonderful Amelia Peabody, I hoped that this book would fill that empty space. Not even close. Of course, no one can replace EP or the indomitable Amelia.

First quibble: This is set in 1814/15 and the main character is a gently-reared English girl. For a gently-reared young Englishwoman, she certainly has a lot of knowledge about men and their responses and how to get the reactions she wants. She lusts after one of the characters and puts hersel
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm honestly loving this series. First Tainted Angel and now this wonderful book! I swear, despite somewhat dry, slightly detached way of telling the story, Anne Cleeland creates such sharp characters, I can't stay away from their adventures.

Hathor comes to Paris in search of her childhood friend hoping to persuade him to marry her because she is sick to death of staying in the countryside while her famous parents egyptologists trot all over Egypt and Europe in search of adventures.

Instead she f
Carole (in Canada)
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mystery, Adventure, Romance
"Hattie Blackhouse was aware that she had - regrettably - something of a temper, and that this trait often led to impetuous decisions that were not always thought out in a rational manner." This is the opening line of this book and indeed sums up Miss Blackhouse.

I found this book a bit of mix between a female Indiana Jones adventure and a Miss Marples one is what they seem. One has to suspend belief that an 18 year old sheltered female from the wilds of Cornwall, England would embar
Hathor Blackouse, also called Hattie, was the daughter of two famous archaeologists. She lived a quiet life in Cornwell, England, well taken-care of, well-loved by her governesses, Miss Swansea, and had a best friend Robbie. The Blackhouse-couple were always somewhere in Egypt on a dig, being away for months on end. She did not see them often.

Being a fiery filly, passionately outspoken, and not afraid of anything, Hattie concocted a plan to marry Robbie, but it did not work at all. In fact, she
Maureen Carden
A delightful story full or original characters, history, quicky what-ifs, and maybe the best wedding evah. Wait, I might have said that about other Cleeland weddings, because while a very small part of her books, they are usually very funny. Although a few have been heart-breaking.
Daughter of the God-King is my second encounter with Anne Cleeland, my first being Murder in Thrall . These two novels couldn't be more different, especially considering Murder in Thrall was a contemporary murder-mystery. But, in Daughter of the God-King we will have some of those same elements of intrigue; in this case, they just happen to be set in Egypt during the Napoleonic Wars.

Hattie Blackhouse has had it with her famous parents leaving her behind in the English countryside while they t
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery, fun, romance, the onset of archaeological digs in Egypt- Daughter of the God King reminds me of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series. This isn't a pale imitation- Miss Hattie Blackhouse is stubborn, flirtatious and unpredictable. Her determination to find out what happened to her archaeologist parents takes her from Cornwall to Paris to Egypt-practically tripping over criminals and spies along the way. Hattie manages to take control of her fate and be sure that her new love gets a pe ...more
Tara Chevrestt
What works for one book may not work for another... Once again, Anne Cleeland gives readers a spunky, headstrong heroine in historical (regency) times. This one takes place in France and Egypt. More spying is underfoot, more intrigue, more confusion, and once again, readers are kept in the dark and while this method worked for the more exciting and fast-paced Tainted Angel, it didn't work for this one. I confess that while I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning and the unfolding of the mystery itsel ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mystery and Soul.
Grab the map and chart out your course. Well, not much planning will be needed, as it is all laid out in the book for you to start your adventure. Plenty will happen once you arrive in Cairo and embark on this historical cruise. So sit back and enjoy the views.
I know many of you have experienced the feeling that comes from finding that book or series that is your perfect match so that you're nearly depressed when its over- there are no more coming- and you can't find anything to equal it. Well that was the case for how I felt about stories set in the golden age of Egyptian archeology with an adventurous heroine, dangerous characters who may not be what they seem, treasure hunting and romance. Just a few pages into this book and I knew I had found my l ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hattie Blackhouse arrives with her companion Miss Bing at her lodgings in Paris. In short order she pushes an intruder down the back stairs, finds out her childhood friend, Robbie Tremaine is unaccountably to be married in two days to the widow of a work acquaintance her parents, is approached at a soirée by an aging french roué, Baron du Pays, is introduced to the intruder, sought out by the enigmatic Monsieur Berry, and interviewed by an un-named official of the English governmen
Julia Hendon
Not a bad effort at a Regency romance but not a particularly good one either. The story starts out okay with Hathor (Hattie) Blackhouse traveling to Paris in the early 1800s. Her parents, famous Egyptologists (although it is really too early in the history of Egyptian archaeology to call them that), are missing and Hattie encounters many different people seemingly interested in any items her parents might have given her. Always a sucker for a good tomb and treasure mystery, I was hopeful. Howeve ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Cleeland writes excellent historical fiction every bit as well engrossing as she does with mystery. Daughter of a God King is set in the Regency period and the plot is fast paced with a near perfect balance of mystery, romance, and historical elements. The main character, Hathor/Hattie Blackhouse, was captivating, smart, and resourceful. When her parents, renown Egyptologists, go missing from a Thebian dig site, the intrepid Hattie go on a harrowing quest to find her parents. Hattie really ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I wish there were a sequel - and indeed, the story is left with room for more, although not at all in a "sell a next-in-the-series" way. And since the prisoner is only in his first exile, there is "time" for more story as well (hint, hint, Ms. Cleeland!!!)

I really liked both Hattie and Bing, and the story line. Hattie is young and fairly naïve, but learns as she goes, and makes amazingly few plot-device stupid decisions, which is refreshing. It's actually rather ironic tha
My expectations were higher than the result for this book - a historical fiction set in Egypt, mystery with an adventurous quest and a dash of romance - seemed right up my alley - but the execution leaves much to be desired.

The Egyptian setting is very basic at best with no real effort put in to make the surroundings come alive - it’s a mish-mash of name droppings and vague locales (and having been to Egypt and the very locales), liberties have been taken with the facts which are wrongly stated
April E.
A book based loosely on historical events, Daughter of the God-King was clearly written with a great love of the time period. The setting and dialogue are rich with the post Napoleonic war setting.
Personally I found the pacing to be very inconsistent: slow in the beginning, slower in the middle, and then it finally picked up about the last third. There are times when the main character spends more time reasoning about what she's going to do than I feel is necessary and it bogged down the scene.
Emily M
This Mother's Day read started out promising, with some fun spy activities and Egyptian archaeological details that interested me after having studied it with the kids this year, but eventually devolved into a rather incoherent mess of too many undeveloped characters double crossing each other, I think? The instalove was especially uncompelling, the 21st century behavior of the women especially jarring, and the secret of Hattie's antecedents was frankly a bridge too far. Fortunately no more scan ...more
Virginia Tican
A fun and entertaining read though I take issue on plausible authenticity with regard to the Contemporary language... some words and word combinations and/or phrases are TOO late 20th century to the Present so that their use in this particular context tends to jar the Timeline a bit... some even, too American that also makes the setting a bit dubious. But a lot could be forgiven for an author who truly could spin a fine yarn. I have seen a bit of the nauseating show Dickinson starring Hailee Ste ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hathor's parents essentially left her in Cornwall while they were in Egypt conducting archaeological excavations. She escaped her boring life and, with her companion, Bing, set off to find much more adventure than she planned. Several twists, spies and superstition surround Hattie and Bing as they attempt to find out what happened to Hattie's missing parents. Many Regencies are set in England and deal with Napoleon in a rather distant manner, but this one was set after he was exiled to Elba; not ...more
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the entire Elizabeth Peter’s series, which have become my beloved books, so as soon as I saw this book title I couldn’t wait to read it. Opening the cover of Daughter of the god-king, I was eager to be transported back to Egypt. I nearly gave up as I found the first chapter a character dump. It took me until the end of chapter 3 to remember who was who. I am glad I persisted because the more I read the book, the more I enjoyed it. If there was a half star option I would have given 4 ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like others, I was hoping this would take a place on my bookshelves next to my Amelia Peabody collection. Sadly, no. It was average; entertaining enough, but not spectacular. There were several plot points I disliked (but I won’t post spoilers here), and the inclusion of some historical aspects, such as various idioms, was awkward.

RA notes: contains some violence & several sexual references/situations of mild to moderate spice
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strong four stars, rounded up because the average rating is far too low here. This is not entirely a Regency romance. It's more of a spy story, plus a coming of age story, with some good twists, and lots of action (running, hiding, kidnapping, dual identities, guns, swords). Yes, there's a romance. But mostly it's a swashbuckling tale, well written.
(I wish my library had more of her other books, but alas no.)
The setting of this book is magnificent. France and Egypt, after the Napoleonic Wars, archaeology, mystery. All that was great. The romance was incredibly clumsy. The book is driven by plot, so you’re not given a great sense of the characters. I was very engaged, but Hattie’s persistent trust in Berry was very confusing.
Linda Smatzny
Interesting story set mostly in Egypt after the emperor has been sent to Elba. Hattie Blackhouse goes in search of her parents when it is learned they have disappeared. However there is many secrets in their lives which Hattie knows nothing about but everyone else thinks she does. She must sort thru all the questions being asked of her to find someone to trust. The book was an easy read.
My first Anne Cleeland historical, but definitely not my last. This takes place right after the first Napoleanic war has ended, and Britain has gone all gaga over the Egyptian tombs and artifacts. There's a mysterious man, an intrepid girl, lots of suspense and of course, a deathly curse! It's awesome. Reminded me a lot of the The Mummy with Brendan Fraser. I loved it. ...more
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Jacqueline Baxter
Solid Regency! It defies genre a bit - there's romance and history and murder so there's a little something for everyone. Overall, a very pleasant way to spend a plane ride. ...more
Maria Gutierrez
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was quite enjoyable! It had it all: a witty main character, a mysterious love interest, action and history! Would recommend.
Very satisfying historical romantic suspense with interesting characters, fascinating settings and an intriguing mystery.
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Anne Cleeland writes a contemporary Scotland Yard mystery series that is featured in the Amazon top 100 best sellers. She also writes a historical series of stand-alone books set in the Regency period. A member of International Thriller Writers, The Historical Novel Society, and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.; @annecleeland.


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