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Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
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Oct 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, reviews
Read in October, 2011

Selena's story is one of survival. Ever since her mother, Cleopatra committed suicide - her life has been on a perilous edge. Selena has been held hostage for 4 years now by Augustus. Today is her wedding day. She has made a bargain with Augustus to marry someone of his choosing and in return he promises that Egypt will be hers one day.

Going into this story I was familiar with Cleopatra's story, but nothing of her daughter Selena. What I learned was that Selena is just has strong and just as intriguing as her mother was.

I was instantly drawn in. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but Selena's story pulls at your heart. She makes a phenomenal heroine. One of the things that bugged me about the story was the obsession Augustus has with Selena. I can see how that could happen, but I just found him annoying. Other than that I enjoyed reading this book. Song of the Nile is a great read, lush and descriptive. Full of intrigue and magic. Ms Dray weaves fiction and history splendidly.
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