LILY OF THE NILE By Stephanie Dray [Review]


The story that LILY OF THE NILE is based around is something that I’ve always been interested in. The mysteries surrounding ancient Egypt have always intrigued me, and when asked to review a book that included those mysteries and the daughter of Cleopatra herself, I couldn’t say no.

I wasn’t disappointed. Lily of the Nile is a very fast read, but it is also a few interesting book. Stephanie Dray has a way of writing that makes turning the pages easy, and to the point where you don’t want to stop. I found that I had to force myself to close the book at night, and it only took me 3 days to read the entire story.

Mixing history with magic, Lily of the Nile is the story of Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. After her parent’s death, Selene and her brothers are captured by the Romans and are forced into chains and pulled through the streets of Rome, pretty much just so the Roman ruler, Octavian, can have them as trophies of war.

The siblings are forced to live a life that is DRASTICALLY different from the palaces in Egypt, but soon realize that as they grow, there is something very special about them; and something that sets them apart.

I LOVED the way that Dray weaved the story of Selene in with the mythology of ancient Egypt. The mention of the goddess Isis is all over the writing, and when Selene discovers hieroglyphics on her skin, she realizes that she does, in fact, carry the magic of her mother and Isis herself.

I really enjoyed Lily of the Nile, and I would recommend this book for anyone that enjoys a little magic with their historical fiction!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Berkley Trade | Pages: 368 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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