Book Chat: Ramses the Damned:
The Passion of Cleopatra
The mystery and romance continue in the 2nd novel of Ramses the Damned series.
MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.
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-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality—and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.
In the continuing rich story revolving around Ramses, a new fascinating character is introduced; Bekaten, the priestess who created the immortal gift. We pick up the story with Cleopatra. She has been given aide by a young doctor, who is enamored with her. Although fully recovered physically and no longer the insane Queen Ramses awakened, something is wrong with her. Cleopatra’s long past memories are slipping away. Her suffering is sad to watch, especially when she cannot recall her son.
Next, another character, Sibyl Parker, makes her entry into the story. She is a beautiful writer who has published many romance novels set in Egypt. We discover she has always been plagued by dreams of the ancient land and its people. When Sibyl sees a photo of Ramses in a newspaper, she is determined to find him; for he has appeared in her dreams many times. How can she dream about someone she has never met?
Saqmos, the prime minister who stole the gift from Bekaten long ago, makes his appearance. He has created children from a formula that is not as pure as the original; therefore they die at 200 years old. He and his followers are determined to track down the pure gift, and settle on capturing Julie as the means. Then Ramses should hand over the formula in order to get his love back.
Meanwhile, Ramses and Julie are getting ready for their engagement party. All the characters come together at the party and things don’t go as planned by Saqmos’ children. There is fighting and anguish as characters clash.
Although different themes are purported for the connection between Cleopatra and Sibyl, Julie thinks Sibyl is a reincarnation of the Queen and her soul is stealing Cleopatra’s memories. The end was endearing as Sibyl shares memories with Cleopatra which are woven throughout her books.
Another captivating read from Anne Rice. The only negative was that information from the previous book was a bit redundant. For me, a summary at the beginning works very well.
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NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the August issue.