Thursday, June 23, 2011

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley, 401 pages

Octavius has descended upon Egypt determined to unseat Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra ends up seeking help from Sekhmet, a bloodthirsty Egyptian goddess, but before she knows it, Marc Anthony is dead by his own hand, Cleopatra is deposed and changed into a creature missing her ka (soul) and harboring Sekhmet inside her. After watching her oldest son killed, Cleopatra is determined to seek revenge against Octavius. She follows the emperor back to Rome, and must face Octavius, his army and a trio of witches if she intends on gaining a bloody satisfaction.
This was an interesting retelling of the Cleopatra saga, weaving historical fact with a vampire story, to put a new interpretation on this larger than life queen. I loved how Cleopatra's love for family is the driving force behind her actions. Cleopatra was a very hands on parent, especially for a royal parent, raising children who were highly educated, before the Roman attack. The author left the ending open for a sequel, and I would definitely pick it up.

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