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Based on the true story of Cleopatras daughter
After years of abuse as the emperors captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretaniaan exotic land of enchanting possibility where she intends to revive her dynasty.
With her husband, King Juba II and the magic of Isis that is her birthright, Selene brings prosperity and peace to a kingdom thirsty for both. But when Augustus Caesar jealously demands that Selenes children be given over to him to be fostered in Rome, shes drawn back into the web of imperial plots and intrigues that she vowed to leave behind.
Determined and resourceful, Selene must shield her loved ones from the emperors wrath, all while vying with ruthless rivals like King Herod. Can she find a way to overcome the threat to her marriage, her kingdom, her family, and her faith? Or will she be the last of her line?
"Dray's sequel to Lily of the Nile dives back into the world of canny, intelligent, and powerful heroine Cleopatra Selene daughter of Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Having lived in the household of Augustus Caesar for four years, Selene (whose only goal is to reclaim her birthright as Queen of Egypt) has been married off against her will to Augustus' ward, Juba. After Augustus rapes her, she leaves for Mauretania with Juba, who is convinced that Selene was Augustus' willing lover. When Selene hears that her twin brother Helios has been murdered, she flees to the desert in grief. The living Helios finds her there, swears vengeance against Augustus for her rape, and they become lovers. After Selene becomes pregnant, Juba assumes Augustus is the father. Though Selene tries to rule Mauretania justly, Juba insists that she stay out of politics. When Augustus summons Selene back to Rome, they continue to play their high-stakes games Selene will do anything to be confirmed as Queen of Egypt and Augustus wants Selene to be the Cleopatra of his fantasies. Although Augustus and Juba prove unworthy matches for Selene, the novel's strong female supporting characters more than make up for the men. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“An entertaining foray into an intriguing legend.”—Margaret George, author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra
“Brings to life one of the ancient worlds most important, interesting, and little known devotees of the goddess Isis. Magical!”—M. Isidora Forrest, author of Isis Magic
“Stephanie Dray brings true life to one of Egypts most intriguing princesses.”—Susan Fraser King, bestselling author of Queen Hereafter
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 is what makes her indispensable to the emperor. Against a backdrop of imperial politics and religious persecution, Cleopatra's daughter beguiles her way to the very precipice of power. She has never forgotten her birthright, but will the price of her mother's throne be more than she's willing to pay?
About the Author
is a graduate of Smith College, a small womens college in Massachusetts, whereto the consternation of her devoted professorsshe was unable to master Latin. However, her concentration in Middle Eastern studies gave her a deeper understanding of the consequences of Egypts ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-centric religions.
Using the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today, Stephanie remains fascinated by all things ancient and hasto the consternation of her devoted husbandcollected a houseful of cats and Egyptian artifacts.