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Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra is the long awaited sequel to The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned originally published by Anne Rice in 1989. The Passion of Cleopatra is set to be released November 21st, 2017 and is co-written by Anne and her son Christopher Rice.
Following up where the first book, The Mummy, Or Ramses the Damned, left off the original gang is back and hoping to continue life as normal as possible after the unforgettable incidents that occurred back in Egypt. Immortal Reginald Ramsey and his bride-to-be are on their way back to their home in London where Juliet’s old fling and friend is planning their engagement party. Trying to disguise their new found “gift” obtained in Egypt they worry their old friends and family will notice the changes in them, but, that is the least of their worry as chaos pursues when unexpected guests crash their engagement party.
However, these aren’t your average wedding crashers among these crashers are an angry ex immortal lover, an ancient African queen, as well as immortal minions sent by their recent awakened immortal leader. All these characters are sent for a different reason and when their plans don’t go as planned a battle begins. Along the way we meet a innocent mortal American novelist, Sybil Parker, smack dab in the middle of everything after she starts developing a stronger inner connection with the once thought to be dead immortal queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, thus bringing them closer together but for better or worse, you’ll have to read to see.
Wow! What a treat! I absolutely devoured this book up. Which I’m not surprised because I love Anne’s work but I have to admit I was a bit hesitant with her co-writing with her son, not because he’s a bad author but because I wanted it to be authentic to Anne’s writing style, luckily I can say that even with a Christopher helping it stuck true to Anne’s style.
I’m not quite sure if it was because I read The Mummy not long before starting this but I was so ready for this book and it didn’t disappoint! First off let me say that if you didn’t want to read book one you could read this book as a stand-alone as it does give most the backstory in the beginning, but, I do recommend reading The Mummy because why not?
I was so glad to see the original characters come back and as well as new characters to shake up the series and give more stories for Rice to bring to life. As far as the originally characters I was glad to see Julie with some thicker skin as she was a bit too emotional at times in the first book. Ramsey was the same, though not as confident as the previous book. Elliot was in it for a bit, I like Elliot and hope that someday he can find his happiness. Cleopatra has her little part in the book but isn’t up and center as the previous book. And Alex is... Alex, meh. Lol.
New character wise I loved the new additions. Bektaten was my favorite addition, she is so strong willed, clever, and like-able. Sybil is interesting, I’m excited to see what Anne does with her in future books.
I enjoyed the overall story and plot. I thought that all the characters played an important role somehow and it all worked. I loved all the history parts and how it connects all the lingering questions we may had from the previous book. I also enjoyed seeing how all the characters intersect. I loved getting more of the backstory of Ramses’ elixir. One last thing is that I noticed there was less romance in this book as there was in the previous so depending on what you like that may be a good thing or bad thing.
At the end of the book it leaves off where we could expect more sequels which I hope so because I really enjoy this series and I would love to see another adventure in the Ramses the Damned series!
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Note: I requested a ARC of this book from the publisher Knopf in exchange for my honest review and here it is. I am thankful that they have sent me ARC’s of Anne’s for the 2nd year in a row.
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