on January 1st 1970
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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 Stratford. 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.