Monday, July 4, 2011

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

Queen of KingsQueen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fun read! Part love story, part historical fiction, part mythology, part monster story, all very cleverly woven together in a real page-turner. The book is loosely based on the story of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, throwing in a twist around Cleopatra's supposed suicide by asp. What if the fang marks on her neck weren't from a snake? What if she only appeared to be dead? What if Cleopatra made a pact with something evil, in order to save her country and her one true love? And what if she got a bit more than she bargained for??

I thought the author did a good job of tying together historical facts with plausible (though mythic) characters and events. It became more of a grand mythical tale (complete with a tremendous battle involving gods, goddesses, beasts, ghosts, witches and even the moon used as a weapon) than the simple vampire story I had expected. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was delighted to find out that it is the first of a planned trilogy. I will most definitely be getting the sequel!

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