Ramses the Damned The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice and Christopher Rice
*** I receieved an ARC of this from NetGalley however, all opinions are my own honest reactions to this novel.***
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-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.
I love Anne Rice so there was only the very smallest possibility that I did not enjoy this book. I had read the very first book in this series a very long time ago and as such had to reread it before this newest addition. The first book was titled The Mummy or Ramses the Damned. I love how quickly the reader gets sucked into the world of Ramses and his long lost love Cleopatra. I will admit that I liked this 2nd book much better than the first. Anne Rice and Christopher are so descriptive in their storytelling that I can't help but imagine the amount of research that went into this book. I would recommend reading the first book so you have a better idea of what is happening and who everyone is in book 2. There are some new immortals in this book that add a different and somewhat darker element to the story. I would say this was a solid 4/5 fro me just simply because it was a bit confusing at the beginning and dragged but once I was through chapter 1, I was hooked. The release date for this novel is set for November 21. Maybe a good Xmas gift for the reader in your life?