Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

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In this stunningly original debut, go beyond the legend of Queen Cleopatra and discover a passion steeped in the bloodlust of vampires…

The year is 30 BC. A messenger delivers word to Queen Cleopatra that her beloved husband, Antony, has died at his own hand. Desperate to save her kingdom, Cleopatra strikes a mortal bargain in exchange for Antony’s soul, transforming her into an immortal—a vampire with superhuman strength and an insatiable hunger for blood.

Leaving a trail of fiery retribution, Cleopatra journeys from the tombs of Egypt to the ancient underworld in order to meet her husband again. But to resurrect him, Cleopatra will need to challenge mythical beings with power beyond comprehension—risking the fate of both this world and the next for a love that will not die…  

About Maria Dahvana Headley

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MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY is a MacDowell Colony Fellow whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, The Washington Post, and other publications. She is the author of the memoir The Year of Yes (2007), which has been translated into nine languages and was optioned for film by Paramount. She lives in Seattle.
Published May 12, 2011 by NAL. 414 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Octavian has been declared emperor, taking the name Caesar Augustus, but he still fears Cleopatra, and so he gathers three sorcerers from the Empire's edges to protect him, one of whom conjures up Antony from his ashes.

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At its most bizarre—and it does get bizarre—Queen Of Kings: The Immortal Story Of Cleopatra seems like it’s best described by Owen Wilson’s character in The Royal Tenenbaums: “Everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn.

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USA Today

Octavian, the future Emperor Augustus, has tricked and defeated his brother-in-law Mark Anthony, who dies in Cleopatra's arms.Cue the asp, right?But in Headley's retelling, Cleopatra performs a forbidden ritual to summon the ancient dark Goddess Sekhmet.Because her heart has been literally and fi...

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Open Letters Monthly

If ever a book-pitch seemed designed to elicit a cynical, sneering response from the harried reading (and reviewing!) public, surely that pitch would be “Cleopatra, vampire.” Between zombies, vampires, and Republicans, bookstores in recent years have been facing an onslaught of the undead worthy ...

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But the neatness of this story becomes even more complex when the powers of the mythological underworld,a priestess, sorceress, historian, serpents, gods, and goddesses take sides in a war between Cleopatra and those who support Octavius.

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Portland Book Review

Beginning with the invasion of Egypt by the Romans in 30 B.C., this novel quickly twists and turns into a fantastic journey through the deserts and into Rome, to the Underworld and back again.

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Arlington Library

In Queen of Kings, Maria Dahvana Headley has created an alternate history for the historical cast surrounding and including Cleopatra, Marc Antony, their children and court, Octavian (Caesar Augustus) and the Roman Empire itself.

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Fiction Reviews

The next step (and possibly the more logical and realistic one) is to go back in time and take a major historical character, or characters that people think they know about, mainly through TV and films, and the odd play, and mash them up with lots of detailed historical research about all aspects...

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SciFi Mafia

It’s love story, but it’s not.

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