Queen of Kings
by Maria Dahvana Headley
Bantam Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780593067048
Date: 21 July 2011 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
A really nice blurb from Neil Gaiman blares out from the PR material for Maria Dahvana Headley's new book Queen of Kings. He says "It's rare that a first novel is so magical, so dark, so well-researched, so smart or so compelling." - not "so so" then, it would seem.
Now published in trade paperback by Bantam, Queen of Kings opens a trilogy of historical novels that tell of an immortal Cleopatra through the ages.
"What if Cleopatra didnít die in 30 BC alongside her beloved Mark Antony? What if she couldnít die? What if she became immortal? Queen of Kings is the first instalment in an epic, epoch-spanning story of one womanís clash with the Roman Empire and the gods of Egypt in a quest to save everything she holds dear. As Octavian Caesar (later Augustus) and his legions march into Alexandria, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, summons Sekhmet, the goddess of Death and Destruction, in a desperate attempt to resurrect her husband, who has died by his own hand, and save her kingdom. But this deity demands something in return: Cleopatra's soul. Against her will, Egypt's queen becomes a blood-craving, shape-shifting immortal: a not-quite-human manifestation of a goddess who seeks to destroy the world. Battling to preserve something of her humanity, Cleopatra pursues Octavian back to Rome - she desires revenge, she yearns for her children - and she craves blood...
It is a dangerous journey she must make. She will confront witches, mythic monsters, the gods of ancient Greece and Rome, and her own, warring nature. She will kill but she will also find mercy. She will raise an extraordinary army to fight her enemies, and she will see her beloved Antony again. But to save him from the endless torment of Hades, she must make a devastating sacrifice."