Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice and Christopher Rice

Ramses the Damned

Anne Rice and Christopher Rice

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England and is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra.

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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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I was given an advanced reader copy of this book for free in exchange for my review. I am a huge Anne Rice fan and have read al of her books multiple times. however this book was a little disappointing. The begining was quite long and drawn out with an introduction to characters only begining to put them together by the middle of the book, in which time i had begun to lose interest. Not a deplorable book but quite unlike any other of her works. Overall a good read just know the backstory is quite involved.

I am an Anne Rice fan, but I have not read one of her books in a while. I was very excited to read Ramses the Damned-Passion of Cleopatra. I have not read the 1st book in this series, but I had no problem following the story. This is not one of her historical novels. It is set at the beginning of WWI and it has historical elements, but it definitely a story about the characters and their interaction with each other and not about the time in which they are living. I loved Ramsey and Julie, but I am hoping the next book focuses on Alex, Cleopatra and Sybil. I would love to see more of those 3 or Bekutan and her men. I highly recommend this book, but some readers will definitely want to read The Mummy first.

When you read an Anne Rice novel, there's something about it so lush that I haven't really seen this in another mainstream novelist. "The Passion of Cleopatra" is no different. Written with her son and fellow novelist Christopher Rice, this is a decadent ride into the Egyptian lore of Ramses and Cleopatra. Book 2 of the Ramses series, this novel has the ancient Egyptian ruler wanting to start life over again as an immortal who is wanting to marry. The consequences of his past with Cleopatra, however, are fast becoming a problem. In a bit of despair, Ramses rose Cleopatra from the dead using an elixir that he also used that can give the consumer immortal life. Cleopatra, however, had been dead for thousands of years before being brought back. Meanwhile, a novelist is having visions of a life she's never lived before - Cleopatra's - and is using them to fuel her writing, only the damage of their connection shows just how dangerous immortal life can be. With separate groups running sinister plots against Ramses and his new wife, and an unhinged Cleopatra also seeking revenge, it's a race to the finish to survive. "The Passion of Cleopatra" is certainly wordy and sometimes that works to the defeat of the book only because it's maybe too lush. Anytime you hear 'Cleopatra' mentioned I certainly expect more Egyptian lore and history and while that is present in this novel, it's also hidden beneath bedroom scenes and pillow talk that might allure some readers and exhaust others. The bottom line is you can never go wrong with this mother/son writing team and once the plot is revealed about halfway through you won't be able to stop reading this tale of a modern Ramses and Cleopatra whose immortality is also present in the real world.

It has been several years since I read an Anne Rice novel. I also had not previously read the first one in this series, "The Mummy". Although I've like Anne Rice's books in the past, I really struggled to get into this one and only made it through the first half. At some point, I will read "the Mummy" and try this book again.

I love Anne Rice. This is the first novel I have read that was co-authored with her son, Christopher. I cannot remember if I read the first novel, but I loved this one! I loved the way the novel would go from one character to the next. I did feel like there was not just one main or lead character with the point of view constantly changing. This was a very interesting read.

I unfortunately misunderstood the date through which I could read this ARC, and have lost access to it.

I had not read the book that came before this, and so had to purchase and read before attempting this book. Because of this and a misunderstanding of how much time I had my ARC timed out while I was only halfway through. That being said I can only review the first half of the book. I can say, that for me the firsthalf was a slow build and the action was just starting to get exciting when my copy expired. I had the same experience with the first book, but felt like the ensuing action was well worth the build. This book had some new characters to weave into the existing storyline, and promised to provide a new twist or two. Unfortunately, now I will have to wait until November to see how this story plays out as will everyone else, and I'm sure I'll have a hard time coming back to a half read book. I feel a little (lot) let down to have put in the time for the character building aspect and missing out on the grand finale.

I have not read "Mummy: Ramses the Damned" or any Anne Rice books before. I had trouble getting through my copy-- it was very long and I felt rather lost (shame on me for not reading Mummy first!). The book was not nearly as historical as I thought it was going to be/I wanted, and I have to admit I ended up abandoning it. That said, I'm not sure I'm ready to give up on Anne Rice-- I think I ought to give a different book a try!

I am a big Anne Rice fan and I love anything to do with Egypt, so naturally, I was very excited to read this novel. However, it really wasn't as historical as I had wanted and I felt like Cleopatra didn't really take front and center stage, as I had expected. It was still well written but just not my cup of tea, unfortunately.

I'm sure no frequent reader is ignorant of the internationally best selling writer Anne Rice. She has written this sequel to "Mummy: Ramses the Damned" with her son Christopher. As can be expected, the writing is interesting and engaging. Given the title (and not having read Mummy) I was thinking this was going to be an historical fiction along the lines of her Jesus of Nazareth books (yes, it's my own fault for not read reading the blurb more carefully). Alas it was not. Rather it is a sequel to Mummy and I would say the first 3rd of the book is basically a recap of what previously happened (I now know that the first installment was written some 28 years ago so this is understandable). Ms Rice is obviously obsessed with the concept of immortality, reincarnation and what happens to the soul (so much so she even became a Christian at one point, thus her Jesus books). Unfortunately for me I am not as fascinated with these subjects in a fiction setting. I was also disappointed that Cleopatra is really more of a peripheral character and the book is set in 1914 not ancient Egypt (again, I should have read the blurb. Judging a book by it's cover, tsk tsk). In fact, it's hard to say who the actual lead character is as there are several intertwining stories going on at once. It's somewhat of a bodice ripper so some may enjoy that; I felt it was pretty gratuitous to the rest of the story. Having said all that, the story is readable and fairly unique. I could definitely see this becoming a popular movie series given today's appetite for this type of literature. My final disappointment was the end of the book which is obviously left open for another sequel. I, for one, like a tidy ending. I was given an ARC from Penguin's First to Read program.

Being that I have never read an Anne Rice Novel, I really liked this book! I liked the different history aspect and the different take on immortality via an elixir and the half-elixir of an ancient traitor. I loved the interwoven story of the different royal immortals, the traitor, their history and the current times they find themselves re-awoken into along with Cleopatra's tragic awakening and all she is enduring in a maddening state of how she was brought back. There were a lot of characters in the book & a lot of backstories in it that I was able to catch onto but...Now I need to go and read 'The Mummy or Ramses the Damned', so I can grasp the full scope of all that has happened. Thank you First To Read for this amazing opportunity to read 'Ramses the Damned, The Passion of Cleopatra' becasue now I am hooked and can't wait to read other books by Anne & Christopher Rice!

Like many other people, I read a lot of Anne Rice novels when I was younger, predominantly the vampire chronicles and the mayfair witches. This was the first book of hers that I have read in a long time and I don't know whether my taste has changed or whether the writing just isn't as compelling as it used to be, but I found it a real slog to get through. It tells the story of Ramses and his search for the awoken Cleopatra through Edwardian England. The basic plot is ok, but it's a little bit limited and in my opinion, doesn't warrant the 400+ pages devoted to it. The dialogue is stilted and pretty unbelievable on many occasions, as are the reactions of some characters to certain situations. Finally, the action takes a very long time to get going and once it does, it feels really anti-climactic. I thought that the exploration of Bektaten and her history was good and would have liked to see more of this but overall, I just didn't really enjoy it that much. Pretty average. I received a free copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Having read many of Anne Rice's books in the past, I was excited to read Ramses the Damned! The Passion of Cleopatra. However, I never read her first book....The Mummy. Unlike her past books (Vampire and Witches Series), this book took a long time to draw me in. The beginning introduced a lot of characters but it was half way through the book before their connections were made. The book got better once past the halfway mark and i finished it. While the ending was left open to a third book, I am not sure I would bother. I would give this book 3 stars.

I have enjoyed other Anne Rice books in the past and this one was just as well written and enjoyable as I expected. I do wish that I had read The Mummy first so that I would understand some of the background story with the characters, but not having that prior knowledge did not take away any of the enjoyment from reading this book. I received a copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I received a copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review. It's been a while since I've read Anne Rice. I LOVED her books when I was younger and have been wanting to read her new releases, but just haven't found the time. I read The Mummy - but it's been so long, that I don't really remember it. BUT - this was written so you didn't feel too lost if you hadn't read the first book. I wonder why the squeal was chosen to be written now - with the first book written in 1989! I have to admit that I haven't read any of her son's books, but love that they wrote this book together. I'm curious as to how that process worked! Loved this book, and I can see this series continuing. I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but it's wet my appetite for more of Anne Rice's books - and I need to get reading on her newer novels! Loved how the touched on the subject of reincarnation and what happens to the soul after death. This is the 2nd book this month I've read on this subject and - whereas I don't believe in that - it's interesting to read about author's views on it! Personally - still and always a fan of Anne Rice. :)

Until now, I hadn't read an Anne Rice book in ages - I was an avid fan in her Vampire hay day. Maybe I've outgrown the realm of Egyptian mummies, but I can only give this book 3.5 stars. It started out well enough, with intrigue and mystery, but there was a huge lull in the middle of the book to the point where I almost didn't finish reading it. Fortunately, the story picked back up toward the end and regained my interest enough to finish it. The writing, as always for an Anne Rice book, is eloquent and beautifully evocative. The characters, however, were somewhat flat and uninteresting for more than awhile. Maybe I've outgrown Anne Rice, or maybe this just isn't her best work.

I received a copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have to say this was an awesome book. I had trouble putting it down! Ramses the Great has been an immortal and walked the earth since Egypt was great and wonderful Kingdom. He was a great Pharorah, and then he became an advisor to those who came after him. He then took a great slumber and woke in England just before the First Great War. Upon awakening he falls in love, finds Cleopatra's mummy, and makes additional immortals! Anne and Christopher Rice take you on a wild ride through this new and wonderful world of immortals and exilirs and wonderful characters. Don't let this one get away!

I would like to thank Penguin's First to Read program for the opportunity to read this advance copy. In return for my honest review. In truth, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. However, I did not realize until I had started reading it that it was the second in a series. Many years ago, I read through all of the Vampire Chronicle novels by Anne Rice. I loved them, so when I had the opportunity to read this advance copy, I jumped at the chance. That being said, once I got into the story, I was hooked, even without having read the first book. Now I plan to go back and read it as well. Some of the things I enjoyed were the historic time period, the ancient Egypt snd Africa references and the omniscient point of view that allowed the reader to get into the minds of multiple characters in the story. This point of view helped to develop the many and diverse characters and helped me to follow the many story lines going on. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Anne Rice or stories involving immortals.

I thought the historical aspect of this book would interest me, but it didn't help me get past the long sections of exposition without engaging dialogue. If you haven't read the previous volume, The Mummy, the prologue doesn't provide enough information to enter the series. It's a very long book and I ended up abandoning the book. I just didn't care about the characters enough to keep reading.

I got an advanced copy of this book. I had just finished The Mummy when I got an email about this book being available from First to Read. Good timing! I was so excited to be able to read the continuation of The Mummy. That I was taken a back by how bad the story had continued on. Great characters to start, semi-ok plot, and no climax. It was very flat-lined. It felt like a filler episode on a tv show. I love the immortal queen and her garden. I dislike all the extra characters. Though that is what Anne Rice is good at, bringing small characters to importance and life. This book does give answers about the immortals and their origin. For which I was grateful. So do pick it up if you are wanting answers. Do not if you have never read The Mummy.

This is a long book with many characters and even more plots going on. It started out promising, however, began to drag a bit as I got deeper into the story. I did appreciate some the historical info that was woven into this story. I had selected it largely in part because of the Cleopatra tie-in. Not what I had hoped but it was appropriate for this book.

Although not exactly what I'd come to love about an Anne Rice novel, still entertaining with the incorporation of ancient and interesting facts woven into the tale.

The premise of this book has promise, but the writing left a lot to be desired. Some of the characters and storylines were intriguing, but there were too many subplots and at points it became really hard to follow and extremely dull. The character development tended toward being shallow and, therefore, somewhat unlikable and hard to empathize with. I hate to write a bad review of a book, but this one was unfortunately not worth my time. I sense that it was primarily written by Christopher Rice and was therefore, lacking some of they stylistic things that make Anne Rice so readable. I suppose, if the book was reworked, I would love to read it again. Apologies to the authors for what may seem like a harsh review. Maybe it's simply because I know and expect something better from Anne Rice. The bar has been set high in the past, so this attempt at telling what could be a fascinating story of ancient immortals being woven into the somewhat nearer time period fell far short of the mark.

Many years have come and gone since the original Ramses the Damned, and the sequel does a respectable job of continuing the adventures of some of the original cast and introducing some new characters. I will say, this book was obviously written by Christopher Rice within the framework established by his mother in the first book. If you can deal with the stylistic difference, it is worth a read. To be honest, I could have done without the new characters and the history they brought with them. Those pages could have been filled with the escapades of the originals and still have served to expand the world of The Mummy. The new characters seemed forced, somehow. I would also have preferred to see more time elapse between the books. I did like seeing finding out what happened to the "crew" after the first book ended and that the book was set up to allow more sequels. If there is one, I would like to see it set much closer to present day, and perhaps tie in with some of the other series from Anne Rice.

Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice and Christopher Rice This is a beautifully written story, the plots are well thought out, the characters are well developed and the story line is intriguing. I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable book, the only thing I found that may be a problem with the story is that there are many subplots and at times I did find it a bit discerning. I received this from Penguin's First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review.

My first Anne Rice book. Not quite sure if I will try another one. The book was slow and I liked the premise of an elixir to make immortals, but then the connection between the human lady and Cleopatra. And then the ancient queen. Too many stories that just were not completed.

In Vienna, Dr. Ramsey and Julia Stratford are going back to England for their engagement party thrown by Alex Savarell, who at one time was engaged to Julia. In an outpost hospital in the Sudan a young doctor is treating a burn victim, who is not expected to live but finds that even with the severe trauma the burns begin to go away and soon the woman is completely healed. In America, novelist Sibyl Parker, writer of romantic stories of ancient Egypt, is having nightmares and upon seeing an engagement picture of Ramsey and Julia, is startled to recognize that he is the one from her dreams. An ancient immortal is awakened by his minions while the Queen who ruled in his time is keeping a watchful eye on all that is happening. As the main story progresses, each characters back story is told in small snippets until the whole of it brings us up to date as they all converge at the engagement party. Immortality, greed, regret, loneliness and madness move the tale forward, unfolding history and exotic locales along the way. But as this first part concludes there will be more to come as their stories have not yet finished. A fascinating read, thank you First-to-Read for this free e-copy of "Ramses the Damned, The Passion of Cleopatra".

Based on the description of the book. I was excited to get an early copy as I love stories about Egypt. Mixed feelings about the book. It started out slow and there were times I had a hard time following the characters. It's possible I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read The Mummy.

It has been many years since I read the first of the series; however, the second install did a great job of refreshing the reader with pertinent events to keep this story going. I enjoyed the integration of new characters and the history they brought to the story. I thoroughly enjoy reading Ancient Egyptian themed stories, especially set near the turn of century (Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series is a personal favorite). I think the story ended well but the epilogue was almost unnecessary. It added too much of a hastiness to wrapping up details that could have been left open for another installment. Of course I'm not opposed to a third installment- within a timely manner of course! We are not all privy to the elixir of eternal life. Thank you to Penguin first to areas for allowing me the opportunity of this pre-read.

I have been a fan of Ms. Rice since her earliest efforts. I love her atmospheric descriptions, her elegant and deeply imagined mythologies and her intelligent writing style. However, so far, I'm bogged down in this book. Many of the old elements are there, but the character descriptions are self indulgent and redundant. Not sure I'm going to make it through.

This book was better than the first in this series, in my opinion. The writing was a little better, granted she wrote the first one nearly 30 years ago. A person's writing should improve over that amount of time regardless of how long they've been writing before that. That being said, I lost track of who I was following from time to time. It wasn't always clear who was talking to whom until a name was mentioned. There were just a few too many characters being followed for me to keep track. I enjoyed the first book, but I had a hard time staying focused, and even though I only finished the first book barely a week ago, I don't really remember all the details. Leaving me a little confused at times reading this book. There should have been a little more recap to cover more of the plot points of this book. I would still totally recommend this series to any fan of Anne Rice, Horror, or Historical Fiction.

I was so looking forward to reading this book. It was so nice to see Anne Rice and her son collaborating. Wish I could recommend this book. The first half was very slow. The rest picked up but after almost 20 years, why write a sequel? I didn't care about the characters. Pretty much read everything she has written. I haven't picked up anything of hers in a very long time. Don't think I will again.

As others have mentioned, I loved Anne Rice, and then I didn't. While I can't say that I love her again, I can say that if you enjoyed The Mummy, you should read Ramses the Damned. It is slow going for the first half, but worth pushing on to the finish. There is excitement, and a good bit of character development in the second half.

I loved Anne Rices books, but then... I didn't. I was really hoping with this one, and I was delighted to find that Anne Rice is back! The first half of the book was a little slow, and even a little confusing, with characters seemingly appearing out of nowhere. They possibly were mentioned in previous books, but I didn't know who they were. The story was good though, so I kept going. Once I reached the halfway point, bam! I couldn't bear to put it down! If you're reading this, and struggling, keep going. Seriously. It's worth it. The second half of the book makes the first half worth it. It was really exciting, and left me wanting even more. I would definitely recommend this to Anne Rice fans. And I would love to read Bekhtaten's tale, and I would like to read the rest of Cleopatra's tale too!

I just couldn't connect with this one and didn't finish it.

The book didn't interest me enough to keep reading it. I expected a certain degree of details and background, and what I found in this book is a page turner with names that doesn't connect to any thing in history. I was disappointed because of that.

Wonderful read, wonderful story! Anne and Christopher Rice have done a marvelous job! I had given up hope that there would ever be a sequel to The Mummy and I was ecstatic to be able to read it early. I felt like the story flowed well and picked up where the first book left off. I am looking forward to reading more about the queen of the immortals.

Would recommend to family and friends. Easy reading that keep your interest through ever chapter. Enjoyed every plot and description.

I really liked this book, and becoming wrapped up again in the world of Ramses and Cleopatra was easy and comfortable. The feel of this book is markedly different (less dark and gothic) than The Mummy, which I would attribute to Christopher Rice's influence. I like that mother and son worked together, and I thought that the end result was a cohesive story.

I have only read of couple of other Anne Rice books and I can't say that I care for her books thus far. I had not read the previous book to this but I do not feel like I needed to have read it to understand what happened. That being said I think the book fell flat. There is not a lot of depth in the characters and the story since so much has to happen in the book. The Cleopatra story line is by far the best part of the book and should have gone more in depth while ditching some of the Savarell in Europe items.

I feel obliged to mention that Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors and that The Mummy is one of my go-to recommends for new Rice readers. That said, I'm torn between that love and the issues I had with this particular volume. Ramses suffers from the, as of late, typical for Rice problem of way too many characters taking part and point within the story. The reader hardly gets any time with Ramses or even with Cleopatra; we are instead introduced to her other recently recurring trope of out-of-left-field ancient immortal with all the answers. The story remains great, but it is now split into several little glimpses of what's happening with way too many people. I enjoyed seeing the newly immortal Julie and Elliot really go out and be themselves, and I was glad to see that Alex gets his (somewhat) happy ending (is this a spoiler?). I just wish I had gotten more than mere flashes of them. I still enjoyed the story because she remains a fantastic author and her son, Christopher, is not without skill. I'm not saying that the novel isn't a good sequel to the fantastic The Mummy. I am saying, however, that I would have liked for the writers to take a slightly different approach than the one from the recently released Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. It's a bit too similar, a bit too soon. On an end note, I'd like to warn readers that you HAVE to read The Mummy first of you will be very, very confused about a lot of things.

I was a little leary about reading this book as I'm not normally a fan of Anne Rice. However, I did really enjoy this book. I was a little confused at first because there seemed to be history I was missing but all became clear. I wasn't sure how things were going to unfold with all the mortals and immortals but I was kept guessing until the end. There are some loose ends so I'm wondering if there is a sequel and whether or not we'll ever know what happens to poor Cleopatra! Thoroughly enjoyable

It is hard to believe that 28 years since the story of Ramses transfixed me and kept me turning pages. Well Anne Rice and Christopher Rice have written a very worthy sequel ( and I hope if there is another book that I don't have to wait another 28 years! ) The story hooked me right away and even though I read the first book when it first came up it was written such that I could recall most of what happened in the first book. Anne Rice has always been very skilled in writing about the supernatural/immortal realm and this one does not disappoint. Throw in some sexy characters and a little history and you have a great read. Thank you First Reads for giving me a chance to read this before it hits the store shelves. I predict another bestseller here!

Being that I have read everything ever written by Anne Rice and loved it, this was no exception. I did not realize that this was a sequel and it took me a little time to figure out what was going on previously based on the recap, but once I figured out the puzzle, I was off and running. I have been drawn to Egyptian history forever and loved the perception of Anne and Christopher on Cleopatra. I will be going back and reading Ramses The Damned now and will be watching for more books from this series.

I love Anne Rice, but I've only ever read the Vampire Chronicles, and never any she wrote with her son, Christopher. I felt like I was missing out a bit with this one, I hadn't read the book that came before it, but the story was readable without it, and made sense. I was very entertained, but read the first book first, you'll be entertained twice as long and you won't be missing all the backstory like I was.

I adore it. Thank you, First To Read, for allowing me the great privilege to be one of the first ones to read this magnificent book that lived up to all my hopes. The Passion of Cleopatra begins right where Ramses the Damned finished, perhaps a little bit later. Anne and Christopher waste no time in plunging us back into their world; the world they inhabit with Elliot and even Alex, though he is on the outside and in mourning for the woman he loved so briefly and lost. The descriptions are so vivid, I would swear I was watching them dance around the floor myself; that I could smell Venice, feel the rocking of a gondola and hear the strains of Aida. We are swept to the ancient city of Jericho to meet people we have never met before, nor have had any hint of, their stories lead us to answers and revelations as they slowly mesh with our protagonists amidst a world that is simultaneously going faster and moving more slowly. We meet a queen and her consort/guards, immortal canines and cats, witness death, destruction and the possibility of reincarnation, all amid a glittering world as beautiful as anything today (perhaps more so), with love, terror and sadness. In the end, Julie and Ramses must let go of some people that they love, but their circle widens and new friends are found, they find new people to love and trust and have a world to explore together. I just loved this book from the first word to the last. I cried over some moments and smiled watching Julie and Ramses in my mind's eye because they were so perfect together. I felt bad for Cleopatra and was happy to see her have some (a small bit) of resolution. I would like to see what happens to her next, she and her companions. The immortal Ramses and his beloved Julie, on an adventure that will never end. They will never now, be alone. And one day, perhaps, those they've lost will return to them and their lives will be fuller and richer. I am so very happy with this book, if their adventures in print end here, then I can be happy with that; but if the authors decide to continue their adventures, I'll be the first in line to read them, because I have loved Ramses since I read the first book over 25 years ago. Thank you, Anne and Christopher, for a book I will cherish.

It has been years since I read "The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned", but subtle reminders of events in the previous book quickly brought everything back. Although it does reference things from the first book, "The Passion of Cleopatra" works very well as a standalone book. It provides enough information that new readers won't be lost, but not so much that you feel like you're reliving the events of the first book. I never once had to "push" myself to read past certain parts of the book—it was all very evenly paced and kept me hooked from start to finish. Anne and Christopher do a wonderful job writing this. The style is completely consistent, something you don't always see in co-authored books. "The Passion of Cleopatra" did not disappoint. If you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this one, too!

Having always been fascinated by Egypt myself, I absolutely loved this book. Anne's and her son Christopher's writing styles merged so smoothly that it was hard to tell who had written what part! I have read every book in the Vampire Chronicles and would definitely recommend this book as a beautiful new edition to the series.

Anne and Christopher Rice have a winner with this book. I may be a bit biased just because I've been a fan of Anne Rice's work for many years but I thought this book was a great read.

Great sequel to the first book. Can't tell who has written what in the story. A very good sign in dual author books.

Even now, as I’ve finished reading Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, I’m still so shocked I was given an ARC to read and review. I really cannot thank Penguin First To Read enough! As you might be able to tell from those swoony-sounding first sentences alone, I’m a fan of both Anne and Christopher Rice. I began with the Vampire Chronicles three years ago, then proceeded to read pretty much every single book Anne Rice has published under that name (note: I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THAT HAPPENED, IT ALL WENT SO FAST), as well as two of Christopher Rice’s books as a result of recommendations. But REGARDLESS, I will review this ARC as I would any other ARC. I read The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned, the prequel to this book, for the first time about a month ago, so I still had it fresh in my mind upon starting this book. However, I realize that there’s a ton of people who have been waiting for this sequel for nearly thirty years. For those who fall into that category, there was some pretty comprehensive introductory material at the beginning of the novel to bring you up to speed on all the most essential information from book one. Nonetheless, I do not recommend that you pick up this book unless you’ve read The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned first; there is a good chance you will get lost. This book begins about two months after The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned ended. Those two months give the world enough time to realize that Julie Stratford’s eyes seem to have suddenly turned bright blue while she was in Cairo with “Reginald Ramsey”, but not enough time for the world to realize that she’s not aging naturally. Julie and Ramses are engaged, and Julie’s ex-almost-fiancée Alex is still mourning the accidental death of the mysterious woman he met and fell in love with in Cairo. Everyone’s on their way back to England so that Alex could throw an engagement party for Ramses and Julie, but Cleopatra, who Ramses rose from the dead in a momentary lapse of reason, is still out there and still murderous. These plot threads are tied with some others that result from the introduction of a group of new characters in this novel, and these plot threads were all pretty well-tied-up in multiple resolutions during an explosive ending sequence that I WILL NOT SPOIL! Okay, I’m going to break from that rule I said I’d follow earlier, that I’d review this ARC as I would any ARC. This book struck me as very similar to Anne Rice’s other new book Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. That is not necessarily a good or bad thing, just… a thing. In this novel, like in Realms of Atlantis, a group of strange, new characters from a mythological, pre-history utopia are introduced to the present-day. They shake up the world that the main characters have known for thousands of years by revealing answers to questions that the main characters have always been unable to answer about their identities. These primeval characters bring their primeval, ten-thousand-years-in-the-making problems into the present-day, and our pre-established set of main characters have to help solve their problems. Oh, and there are some understandably dramatic identity crises happening accordingly. I like this format, both since it allows for a large cast of vibrant characters interacting and since it results in a lot being shown to the reader and not told. But I did give this book four stars. I just wasn’t able to give this book five stars, since I felt as though the plot of this book was a little flimsy. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I feel as though if the main male villain in this story could have just done one thing differently, which really would not have been all that hard, one of the biggest conflicts in this book would not have needed to happen. Thus, most, if not all, of those new characters I talked about would not have been necessary. And I got this feeling very early on in the book, too! All this didn’t necessarily invalidate my entire reading experience, but it did make the matters in this book seem a lot less pressing and urgent. The high point of The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned was most definitely that dinner scene in the middle of the novel, during which Alex argued with Reginald Ramsey, who he had no idea was actually an Egyptian pharaoh, about Egyptian history for pages on end. In Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, there is a sort-of-equivalent scene in which sparks fly, and I really appreciated that scene! I recommend this book to any other die-hard Anne Rice fans like me, as well as anyone who even remotely enjoyed the first book in this series. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra is a fun ride with a lot of flair, and you won’t regret it. Anne and Christopher Rice are a solid writing team, and I hope to read more from these two.

Would have loved to read and review this book. Unfortunately, after trying on 3 different e-reader programs, I am unable to download it. It keeps saying "Error with licensing agreement." Not sure what that means; other than, I can't download it on Bluefire, Adobe Digital Edition, or Overdrive. Totally Sucks!

 


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