The Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned, #2) by Anne Rice

The Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned, #2)

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 ...


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TitleThe Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned, #2)
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Release DateNov 21st, 2017
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GenreFantasy, Horror, Fiction
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Reviews The Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned, #2)

  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    When I was about fourteen or so, I discovered Anne Rice. While most Riceophiles started their journeys with Interview with the Vampire, I happened upon the only Rice book  in the school library, which just so happened to be The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned. I absolute loved it, and couldn't wait for the next installment.Which never, ever arrived.This was the bane of my young life, then the prickly annoyance of my twenties, and eventually settled ...
  •  ( A Bald Mage) Keith
    1970-01-01
    I'd like to thank Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book."One's own hand, one's own pen, one's own mind; these things are not enough if one is to live for all time"Forget Lestat, because Ramases is back in this stunningly passionate long awaited sequel to Anne Rice's The Mummy.Well we've been waiting for this novel for an age, ever since finishing The Mummy and reading "The Adventures of Ramses...
  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    Slow start, with a complicated plot and many so characters to follow. It was intriguing enough to keep me invested in reading but I was thinking it just an okay read... And then right around 60% the fruition of the build-up came together and BOOM, I was completely and utterly hooked.I received this ARC copy of Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra from Anchor. This is my honest and voluntary review. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopat...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.I chose to not reread the first book before starting this one. I read and adored the first one a decade ago during my high school Anne Rice phase. This book does a pretty good job of reminding the reader of pertinent plot points and I only felt the need to take a quick look at the first one to refresh my memory. It took a few chapters for the story to gain steam, but once it did I devoured ...
  • Dana Aprigliano (TheVaguelyArticulateReader)
    1970-01-01
    *I would like to thank Penguin First to Read for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review. Speaking of which, this review will be FULL OF SPOILERS for THE MUMMY, OR RAMSES THE DAMNED!* 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. As you might be able to tell from that swoony-sounding first sentence alone, I’m a fan of both Anne and ...
  • Courtney Key
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed the pacing and prose of this book. By chapter five, I did feel overwhelmed with so many various characters introduced and being bounced around the different view points; however, that cleared up as I read further and everything coalesced. I loved the trio of Bektaten, Aktamu, and Enamon. I was excited every time I came across a new section of theirs to read! Side note, I would also be that person who gave the elixir to my cat so ...
  • Melissa Parnell
    1970-01-01
    I was so surprised, although happily so, to see that this had been written. I absolutely love all of Anne's work and I was so excited to finally see another installment of The Mummy.It did not disappoint either. From the action and suspense to the love and heart felt with this story and the epic world you are drawn into, this is definitely another amazing work of art.This book is just full of beautifully sweeping words and descriptions, you can't...
  • Jessica Weida
    1970-01-01
    Amazing! After all these years we finally have the next chapter of Ramses, Julie and Cleopatra. Both Anne and Christopher Rice have collaborated on this novel and has produced a flawless, well written, epic story. Every single page will captive your heart and your imagination. Several new characters are introduced and their stories add new layers of mysticism while questioning the human soul and the weight of immortality. The character, Sybill, w...
  • Jessica Rodrigues
    1970-01-01
    This much-anticipated sequel (almost 30 years in the making!) sputtered off to an unfortunate slow start. All characters are meandering about, going somewhere, presumably, do something, I guess. Yawn. (Okay, okay, I'm being too harsh -- Alex and his mother are going to throw an engagement party for Julie and Ramses, and the whole world is invited.) The first 50%-60% was a bit of a slog.With all of Ramses' news coverage and the media spectacle of ...
  • Lil
    1970-01-01
    I've waited a long time for this book.It was totally worth 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 Ramses and Julie inhabit with Elliot as their compani...
  • John Amory
    1970-01-01
    I'm so torn over this one. On the one hand, the pacing and plot are much quicker and more exciting than the original Mummy book. On the other, it's absolutely batsh*t crazy and feels only barely related to the original (which is both good and bad, as I wasn't a huge fan of The Mummy).There are way too many characters, but at least they're fun. Plotpoints are burned through at the speed of light, but it's never boring. I thought the writing was mu...
  • Jason Brown (Toastx2)
    1970-01-01
    Ramses The Damned, The Passion of Cleopatra: Great for fans, other buyers.. maybe not as muchIn the mid-1990's, I was an adolescent mess. I wore a studded dog collar and wallowed (happily) in angst. I listened to a lot of Joy Division and Nine Inch Nails; I had eyeliner tattooed on and wrote shitty poetry I believed was groundbreaking. I was young and frequently drunk off cheap liquor; pumped full of testosterone and teenage idiocy.The stereotype...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    Finally the sequel we've been waiting for since Anne Rice first released "The Mummy or Ramses the Damned" in 1989! Although I did reread "The Mummy" prior to reading this book, I found myself immediately enthralled with the story as if 28 years had never passed. The story picks up right after the ending of the first book with Cleopatra miraculously healed after her fiery car crash. Ramses and his newly immortal beloved Julie are enjoying their li...
  • Joel Eisenberg
    1970-01-01
    Inspired. Story aside, perhaps the most notable aspect of “Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra” is its consistency in tone. Not so much that the book's editor, as expected, did their job, but where Anne's writing ends and Chris' begins ... and vice-versa, is indistinguishable. The novel in tonally consistent. First hurdle cleared. I went back to Anne's original "The Mummy" before undertaking this new one. Turns out, I didn't have to. ...
  • Helois
    1970-01-01
    Apparently this book is the sequel to Mummy that Anne Rice wrote sometime ago, honestly can't recall if I ever read that book or not. However, the movie The Mummy, I'm told is based on her book. Even then I don't feel it's necessary to have read the previous book, because there is a lot of backstory involved in the current book, as in it takes a while to get going because there is a lot of information. Though if you've seen The Mummy and it's seq...
  • Marco
    1970-01-01
    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....
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    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. In fact, if it were possible I would give the book 3 1/2 stars. 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 book...
  • Cyndi Beane-Henry
    1970-01-01
    I have been devouring Anne Rice Books since she first began writing! (And I'm not about to tell how old either of us are!) I have never been disappointed in one. They have ALL kept me on the edge of my seat, and afraid of the dark, since book one!And I promise you, this book, too, will keep you on the edge of your seat! You'll not want to put this one down!Ramses,  the former Pharoah of Egypt, is discovered in a tomb in 1914. Along with scrolls ...
  • Blagica
    1970-01-01
    Ramses the Damned The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice, Christopher RiceKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Was given to me through Negally. I was one of those people that actually went back and read The Mummy because I wanted to see how the two stories were connected. This review is my honest thoughts on how the story progresses. This book continues two months after The Mummy, giving the reader enough time to realize that the biggest change is Ju...
  • Adriana
    1970-01-01
    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 introduce...
  • Jane Schwarz
    1970-01-01
    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 the Sudan, a young doctor is treating a burn victim who is not expected to survive but is astounded to find that even with the severe trauma the burns go away and soon the woman is completely healed.In America, novelist Sibyl Parker, writer of romantic stories of ancient Egypt, is having n...
  • Laura Frye
    1970-01-01
    Ramses the Great has used the elixir of life to become immortal. Now living in Edwardian England with his future wife, Julie. They are looking forward to their wedding, and immortal life together.But Ramses also used the elixir to bring back Cleopatra, who is willful and vengeful.The book is a grand adventure as these two ancient Egyptian rulers find their way in a time that is not their own.Lush, lyrical and evocative, The Passion of Cleopatra i...
  • Kristy
    1970-01-01
    Wow. Just wow. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book. Anne Rice is an amazing author who knows how to create characters that stick with you. This is the first book that I have read by Christopher Rice so I can now say the same thing about him. I have loved Anne Rice ever since I was a young girl and saw the movie "Interview with a Vampire" I have then slowly started reading her novels. Each one of her n...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    I read "The Mummy" back when it first came out and loved it. So different from her vampire series, yet with the same lushness as was found in "Interview with the Vampire." I reread it last year and again this year when I learned the sequel was coming out. So when I started "The Passion of Cleopatra," the story was fresh in my mind. I wish I could say I loved it as much. Yes, it was lush and filled with drama and emotional upheavals and interestin...
  • Lectus
    1970-01-01
    I did not read the previous book but understood (from other reviews) that this could be perfectly read a a stand alone.I didn't finish it because I got bored with so many characters. I was expecting more credibility in the development of the story. So Ramses resurrected Cleopatra whose body was being exhibited in a museum; he then regrets resurrecting her and flees the museum; thus leaving Cleopatra to wake up and make sense of it all by herself....
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Cambear
    1970-01-01
    I was a big fan of early Anne Rice and The Mummy was a favorite. It was a fun historical fiction adventure. I haven't read her books for at least a decade, but I was very curious about a return to The Mummy. It's a direct continuation of that book, but it's very much in her later style. Instead of being a fun thriller, it tries to get deep into some issues about faith and uses an ancient civilization to provide explanation and new conflict. Eh, i...
  • Joy
    1970-01-01
    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 ...