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Queen of Kings
by Maria Dahvana Headley


Overview - Passion and seduction, witches and warriors, and history and mythology combine to bring the timeless story of Cleopatra to life as never before in this stunningly original and spellbinding debut.   Read more...

 
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Overview

Passion and seduction, witches and warriors, and history and mythology combine to bring the timeless story of Cleopatra to life as never before in this stunningly original and spellbinding debut.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525952176
  • ISBN-10: 0525952179
  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Publish Date: May 2011
  • Page Count: 401
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

The blurbs compare Headley's Cleopatra-gone-bad fantasia to Diana Gabaldon and Neil Gaiman, but it's likely that the Anne Rice fans will find more to like here. Though there are some lovely romantic scenes at the outset, this is no romance. The Egyptian capital of Alexandria is under siege by the vengeful Octavian, out to punish Marc Antony for choosing loyalty to Cleopatra over Rome, and over Octavian's sister, whom Antony has divorced. Antony dies within the first few pages, and Cleopatra seeks to strike a bargain with the ancient lion-headed goddess, Sekhmet, to bring him back. The deal goes bad, as all such bargains must, and the question becomes not whether Antony will live again, but what price will Sekhmet extract from Cleopatra for the queen's audacity? Part horror, part history, and all tragedy, the story is not likely to please romance fans. But for those who enjoy the eroticized violence and stylish nightmares of the Rice tradition, Headley delivers a vivid dose. (May)

 
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