Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

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The final volume of this marvelous series by Stephanie Dray has once again awakened in me a fierce envy of her ability to tell a tale.  Riveting, complex characters, their every emotion escaped through the pages and drew me into the fabric of their joys, sorrows, defeats and victories.  There is very little in the historical record about Cleopatra Selene, but what the author has done with that very little is just plain and simple good tale telling.  Her Selene is believable; from the frightened child being paraded in Octavian’s Triumph, to a Queen, mother and revered priestess of Isis, you get the sense that this could be her historical record or at least a reasonable facsimile.  Throw in the depiction of Augustus and his quest for more and more power, his manipulating of Selene and Juba, the tension between the contestants to be Augustus’ heir and you have an epic story that even a crusty old cynic might get a little misty over.  5 stars

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