Lily of the Nile

Lily of the Nile

A Novel of Cleopatra's Daughter

Book - 2011
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The extraordinary daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony seeks to reclaim her birthright in the first novel of an epic historical fiction trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter .

From the first breath of her life, young Princess Selene understands herself to be a cherished daughter and the future queen of Egypt. But when Alexandria falls and her parents are forced into suicide, the once-pampered princess and her two surviving brothers are left at the mercy of their captors and dragged through the streets of Rome in chains. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and is suspect of her faith, Selene struggles for survival in a court of intrigue. She can't hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her hands, nor can she stop the Roman emperor from using her powers for his own ends.

Faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined to resurrect her mother's dreams and succeed where she failed. But there's no telling what success will cost her in a treacherous political game where the only rule is win or die....
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2011.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780425238554
Characteristics: xiv, 351 pages ; 21 cm.


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Aug 11, 2014

It's clear the author did a lot of research for this book and she also is an engaging writer. I enjoyed it, and will read the sequel. I didn't realize it was going to be so much about Isis and magic, though. I recommend it to anyone interested in Cleopatra.

mibby Feb 01, 2013

I love this book!I can't wait to read the sequel.

Mar 04, 2011

What a fantastic book, and how the author filled in the blanks around the history of Cleopatra's daughter is truly inspiring. I loved this book from beginning to end, although I wish this author wasn't creating a sequel but just extended this book.

I learned many things of Egypt's female empowered beliefs from Lily of the Nile, as well as the magic of the nile and those who surround it. Enjoy this book! It is worth the read.


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Jun 24, 2011

Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, is brought to Rome in chains following the suicide of her mother. She, along with her twin brother Alexander Helios and younger brother Ptolemy Philadelphus are raised in the emporer's household. Selene quickly realizes that in order to stay alive, she must allow herself to be used as a pawn in the emperor's political games. But she must also find the balance between protecting herself and her brothers from harm, and staying true to who she is. ---See my full review here:

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