|Pharaoh (2002) [Novel]|
by Karen Essex
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(From the publisher):
Embracing the fierce mission that will ultimately shape her into the Queen of Kings and Pharaoh of the Two Lands of Egypt, Kleopatra becomes the ally — and the lover — of Rome's most powerful men. She bears the empire builder Julius Caesar a son, the only son he will have. When Caesar is assassinated, she flees Rome in a daring escape and joins Antony, the courageous warrior who gives her his heart and makes her partner to his global ambitions. With Rome consumed by savage infighting, the two provoke Caesar's successor, Octavian, into a desperate war across land and sea for control of the empire.
But for a woman who gives free vent to her sexual passions yet lends a mother's fierce devotion to her four children, who vows to reclaim the throne of Egypt with the proud, ancestral blood of a Macedonian king, and who wages war against her own siblings with a Roman army under a Roman dictator's command, destiny will not be kind.
In the stormy wake of the decisive battle of Actium, amid a world where the glint of the sword holds ultimate sway, Kleopatra will write her own final act. Crowning one of history's grandest and most poignant love stories, she will choose sacrifice over dishonor — and over the betrayal of the man whose fate has merged with her own.
Original title: Pharaoh
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)