The Passion of Cleopatra

The Passion of Cleopatra

From the iconic and bestselling author of The Mummy and The Vampire Chronicles, a mesmerizing, glamorous new tale of ancient feuds and modern passions. Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-grea...

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  • Amanda

    When I was about fourteen or so, I discovered Anne Rice. While most Riceophiles started their journeys with

    , I happened upon the only Rice book  in the school library, which just so happened to be

    I absolute loved it, and couldn't wait for the next installment.

    Which never, ever arrived.

    This was the bane of my young life, then the prickly annoyance of my twenties, and eventually settled into a mild disgruntlement and occasional fits of "

    When I was about fourteen or so, I discovered Anne Rice. While most Riceophiles started their journeys with

    , I happened upon the only Rice book  in the school library, which just so happened to be

    I absolute loved it, and couldn't wait for the next installment.

    Which never, ever arrived.

    This was the bane of my young life, then the prickly annoyance of my twenties, and eventually settled into a mild disgruntlement and occasional fits of "but

    , Anne! You wrote seventy

    vampires novels about

    , why is there no

    sequel!?!?". Only a few weeks ago, I was complaining about this very thing to someone at work, and I worked myself up into a tizzy all over again. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise (and my subsequent muttering about "synchronicity" and "brain worms" and "tinfoil hats") when only a day or two later an

    - written by Rice in partnership with her son, Christopher - became available for review and I got hold of a copy.

    Obviously I had to review it immediately.

    .

    Except, it had been so long since I'd read the first book that I couldn't remember much about it. So I tracked down a copy and did a swift reread. For scientific accuracy. My findings can be summarized thusly:

    There are so many more interesting and well-written Anne Rice books.

    This is a bodice-ripper. Hmmm.

    The female protagonist is drip who cries all the time.

    Oh well, it's fun anyway.

    I was interested to see where the Rices would go with the story, considering both are known for lushly gothic writing (and the first book is rather more "British" and reserved in tone). I'm happy to report that this is high-quality Rice. Julie, while still a little underwritten, is at least a little more interesting and independent (and isn't weeping all the time). Less focus is spent on Ramses / Ramsey in Cavour of the much more tantalizing (if a bit mad) Cleopatra, and the mysterious immortal queen, Bektaten.

    The action - set on the cusp of what would become known as "The Great War"- sweeps from Cairo to London to Monte Carlo and the United States, and it really is a rather ripping yarn. It's definitely an Anne Rice story (with the exquisite descriptions of outfits and meals and the current emotional state of everyone in the room), but it has the feel of an old-school matinee movie from the 1930s or so. Friends, strangers, lovers and enemies alike find themselves drawn together by forces beyond their control, leading to an inevitable confrontation at the engagement party for Ramsey and his beloved Julie. It's a mark of how engaging the writing is that I was truly invested in the outcome - The Passion of Cleopatra is pretty "unputdownable".

    So, all in all a strong return for Ramses, and a potentially addict new series. Hold thumbs that book 3 arrives before my 60th birthday.

  • Beth

    Slow start, with a complicated plot and many so characters to follow. It was intriguing enough to keep me invested in reading but I was thinking it just an okay read... And then right around 60% the fruition of the build-up came together and BOOM, I was completely and utterly hooked.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Anchor. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication November 21, 2017.

    My Rat

    Slow start, with a complicated plot and many so characters to follow. It was intriguing enough to keep me invested in reading but I was thinking it just an okay read... And then right around 60% the fruition of the build-up came together and BOOM, I was completely and utterly hooked.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Anchor. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication November 21, 2017.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Anne Rice

    Paperback: 416 pages

    Publisher: Anchor

    Publication Date: November 21, 2017

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1101970324

    ISBN-13: 978-1101970324

    Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Scifi

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  • Juli

    Years ago I loved Anne Rice's book The Mummy: Ramses the Damned. The story of a famed Egyptian Pharoah returning to life was chilling, yet totally engaging. It didn't hurt that the now immortal pharoah was incredibly sexy too. When I saw that this new book was coming out....bringing back Ramses and adding in Cleopatra....I was on board immediately. Oh yeah. No question....just gimme the book and I'm reading it! :)

    Even though I initially read The Mummy years ago when it first came out, I was eas

    Years ago I loved Anne Rice's book The Mummy: Ramses the Damned. The story of a famed Egyptian Pharoah returning to life was chilling, yet totally engaging. It didn't hurt that the now immortal pharoah was incredibly sexy too. When I saw that this new book was coming out....bringing back Ramses and adding in Cleopatra....I was on board immediately. Oh yeah. No question....just gimme the book and I'm reading it! :)

    Even though I initially read The Mummy years ago when it first came out, I was easily able to jump into this new story. There was enough background and history given in the first sections of the book to remind me what happened in the first story. The basics: Ramses is preparing to marry his fiance, but makes the poor decision to revive the mummy of Cleopatra first. Cleopatra struggles with the changes in the world and how she will fit into it....and, well......things don't go well. I"m not going to say much more because.....no spoilers from me! Read the book!

    If you haven't read The Mummy...you can choose to go back and read that initial book first....or just jump in with this new one. There is plenty of background and explanation given to explain what happened to Ramses in the first novel. It's a great book....I highly recommend it to all fans of the creepy cool stories Anne Rice writes. This new novel is a collaboration with her son, Christopher.

    Not sure if there will be more to this story down the road.....I just hope it doesn't take quite so long this time. I was completely stoked when I saw this book was coming out! When you read a book in 1989 and still remember how good it was in 2017......that's a good book! Keep 'em coming, Anne & Christopher! Great story! And the cover art is fantastic!

    I did not realize Christopher Rice was a bestselling author. I enjoyed this book and I'm going to check out some of his thrillers! For more info on his books,check out his website:

    Check out Anne's website as well:

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Knopf Doubleday via NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own.**

  • Debra

    3.5 stars

    Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt became an immortal after drinking the elixir of life. He is engaged and living in Edwardian England with his finance Julie. Julie has changed recently, and no one seems to know why her eyes are now bright blue. Ramses and his immortal finance are not the only immortals - Cleopatra was resurrected when Ramses gave her the elixir, but something is not quite right with her. She is having issues with her memory and a romance writer who has been havi

    3.5 stars

    Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt became an immortal after drinking the elixir of life. He is engaged and living in Edwardian England with his finance Julie. Julie has changed recently, and no one seems to know why her eyes are now bright blue. Ramses and his immortal finance are not the only immortals - Cleopatra was resurrected when Ramses gave her the elixir, but something is not quite right with her. She is having issues with her memory and a romance writer who has been having visions her entire life is suddenly experiencing what Cleopatra experiences. There are a couple more ancient characters in this book...one which was my favorite- the ancient Queen who has the garden, the elixir, potions and last but not least a pet cat.

    This book was difficult to get into. The Author's took a lot of time to build their story and I found myself losing interest and turning to other books to read. This book did not pick up for me until over halfway through - then things started to get interesting. That is when the book earned its 3.5 stars from me. There is a lot going on in this book - present lovers, past lovers, queens, Pharaohs, back stabbing, attempts to find the elixir, those with the elixir, conflict death, revenge, etc.

    Anne Rice and her son Christopher wrote this book together. I wish the beginning would have had more action or more "something" because the last part of the book delivered. There is a hump that one needs to get over in reading this book - the slow beginning.

    Thank you to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - Anchor and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Woah! I can't believe I got approved for this! I've been enjoying her "reboot" of the vampire chronicles pretty well, so looking forward to a part two from another "old" book of hers!

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