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Queen of Kings - Maria Dahvana Headley
Queen of Kings
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What if Cleopatra didn't die in 30 BC alongside her beloved Mark Antony? What if she couldn't die? What if she became immortal? "Queen of Kings" is the first instalment in an epic, epoch-spanning story of one woman's clash with the Roman Empire and the gods of Egypt in a quest to save everything... show more
What if Cleopatra didn't die in 30 BC alongside her beloved Mark Antony? What if she couldn't die? What if she became immortal? "Queen of Kings" is the first instalment in an epic, epoch-spanning story of one woman's clash with the Roman Empire and the gods of Egypt in a quest to save everything she holds dear. As Octavian Caesar (later Augustus) and his legions march into Alexandria, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, summons Sekhmet, the goddess of Death and Destruction, in a desperate attempt to resurrect her husband, who has died by his own hand, and save her kingdom. But this deity demands something in return: Cleopatra's soul. Against her will, Egypt's queen becomes a blood-craving, shape-shifting immortal: a not-quite-human manifestation of a goddess who seeks to destroy the world. Battling to preserve something of her humanity, Cleopatra pursues Octavian back to Rome - she desires revenge, she yearns for her children - and she craves blood...It is a dangerous journey she must make. She will confront witches, mythic monsters, the gods of ancient Greece and Rome, and her own, warring nature. She will kill but she will also find mercy. She will raise an extraordinary army to fight her enemies, and she will see her beloved Antony again. But to save him from the endless torment of Hades, she must make a devastating sacrifice. Brutally authentic historical fiction meets the darkest of fantasy in Maria Dahvana Headley's extraordinary debut novel about the most famous woman in history: Cleopatra, Queen of Kings.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780593067048 (0593067045)
Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages no: 442
Edition language: English
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suzemo
suzemo rated it
3.0 Queen of Kings
I love me some alt-history. I love me some Egyptian-Greco-Roman alt-history especially, so when I kept getting this listed as a recommendation, I took it.A good chunk of this book was three star for me. It seemed a wee bit on the cheesy side (Cleopatra does a blood oath with Sekhmet and becomes ...
davidofterra
davidofterra rated it
2.5 stars. This book was light on historical details and heavy on the standard fantasy novel themes. I didn't have high expectations and this book met them. The historical references were interesting, though.
Malin
Malin rated it
What if Cleopatra didn't die after Mark Anthony was defeated? What if she made a deal with a powerful goddess instead, and became an immortal, blood-sucking creature (who can shape shift into a giant serpent or a lion at will) determined on wreaking her vengeance on Emperor Augustus and the Roman Em...
Nicoleabouttown
Nicoleabouttown rated it
Review to come! So amazing!
helenhid
helenhid rated it
I bought the kindle version but with this cover. I bought this 2 weeks ago after seeing the paperback in Waterstones. Yesterday, I noticed it is now £4 cheaper on Amazon kindle. This so annoys me!Loved this and whizzed through. Discovered at the back page that it is a trilogy!
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