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 e...

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

TitleThe Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned #2)
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Historical, Historical Fiction

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

  • Debra
    3.5 starsRamses 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. 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...
  • Amanda
    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 ...
  • Beth
    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...
  • Juli
    Years ago I loved Anne Rice's book The Mummy: Ramses the Damned. The story of a famed Egyptian Pharoah returning to life was chilling, yet totally engaging. It didn't hurt that the now immortal pharoah was incredibly sexy too. When I saw that this new book was coming out....bringing back Ramses and adding in Cleopatra....I was on board immediately. Oh yeah. No question....just gimme the book and I'm reading it! :) Even though I initially read The...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    I did not like the beginning at all, the writing had a very old-fashioned, stilted feel at first and I thought I had make a huge mistake to pick up Rice again after such a long time. But once Ramses popped up, the story moved more smoothly for me.The alternating POVs of the various main characters made it lively and added a nice tension to the story. The brief recaps of the previous book's plot were nicely done and fitted in well. It took me a bi...
  • Karen
    See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren THE PASSION OF CLEOPATRA picks up a few months after THE MUMMY. I have to admit I didn’t re-read THE MUMMY before reading this book and I feel like maybe that was a mistake. Perhaps a re-read of both books would give me a better perspective. Honestly, I don’t think it matters because the authors have done a great job of explaining, without great detail, how we got to this point in t...
  • Kindle Alexander
    If I could name a moment in time that I began reading paranormal, it would be The Mummy by Anne Rice. My husband insisted I read the book. I only did for him – I think I said it was a Christmas present to him, that’s how much I didn’t think I’d like the genre. It turns out, I loved that book so much, giving him a win. For 25 years, I tried the best I could to follow Anne, waiting for any word on a continuation of the story. When social me...
  • Kimberly
    I have read Anne Rice's books, both series, for years. Let me just say that this book is disappointing on many levels. The writing style, and writing itself is vastly different to Mrs. Rice's. It is rushed in tone. Gone are her beautiful, languid, descriptive sentences and conjured scenes. Replaced now with short vapid sentences, far too many characters, ridiculous dialogue scenes. Unfortunately, it just feels and reads differently to any other A...
  • Douglas Meeks
    First: If you have not read book 1 The Mummy then you need to stop here and get it and make sure you are as enamored by this story as I was and still am (this is a sequel that took almost 7 years to be written)I am not going to talk to much about the story itself, the synopsis and other reviewers are doing that, I want to talk about the whole story that is told in 2 books that took 7-8 years or more to write. I consider this combined story a bit ...
  • Dana Aprigliano (TheVaguelyArticulateReader)
    *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 ...
  • Gary
    what to say about this book all I can really say is anne rice has done it again penned a story that the reader gets lost in. a world full of wonder and magic fantastic 5 stars all round
  • Doria
    Oof, yet another episode of Lifetimes of the Rich and Immortal. The writing is typical Anne Rice, without much trace of her son, Christopher, so far as I can tell. But, as with so many of her recent novels, she is falling back on increasingly hackneyed descriptions of impossibly gorgeous immortals having improbably glorious sex in lavishly decorated homes. Elements of plot and landscape are provided in cursory fashion, as a kind of obligatory win...
  • Emily
    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 ...
  • La Biblioteca de Atenea
    DNF 90%Creo que es la primera vez que dejo de leer un libro cuando me queda tan poquito para terminarlo, pero es que me estaba aburriendo soberanamente. He intentado leer a ratitos durante semanas para ver si lo terminaba, porque Anne Rice solía ser de mis autoras favoritas, pero no sé si ella ha cambiado su estilo o soy yo que ya no me gusta lo mismo que antes. En mi época adolescente y preadolescente su saga Crónicas Vampíricas me encantab...
  • Llanos
    La verdad es que leer la segunda parte de un libro del que leíste la primera parte hace 'veintimuchos' años es un poco complicado. Te acuerdas de que te gustó mucho, de las sensaciones que tuviste leyendo el libro y de que hubieras devorado una segunda parte si hubiese salido al año (como muy tarde). Para nosotros, los lectores, han pasado, como ya he dicho, 'veintimuchos' años, pero para los protagonistas solo han pasado dos meses.. Las sit...
  • Jessica ☕
    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 ...
  • Paul Nash
    4 stars**What happens to your soul if you are brought back to life...after being dead for over 2000 years?***This book takes place immediately where book 1 left off.A slow start but it definitely picks up and is pretty damn interesting. All the history Rice displays here shows how well versed she is & it's written very well. To live an Immortal never actually have to heal (as fast as Marvel's Wolverine)...all these and MUCH m...
  • Nanja Beesknees
    Never really got going. I re-read before I dug into this and that was a mistake, because I got extremely annoyed by the repetition of 'things that happened in part one'. The plot isn't bad, but writing seemed stiff and forced. Also the explanations kept coming. When explained that immortals can see in the dark, it's still deemed necessary to have Cleopatra 'thank Ramses for the fact that her eyes took almost no time at all to get adjusted to the ...
  • Jason Brown (Toastx2)
    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...
  • Maria
    Exciting and fantastic with a brilliant cast of characters. Light years ahead of The Mummy. I would put this Anne/Christopher Rice novel up against The Vampire Lestat, which I believe to be one of the author’s best works of fiction. Everything the reader could want, it’s here. Drama, suspense, mystery and horror. Oh, and let’s not forget the eroticism with a MM scene and a MFM ménage scene that soak up the steam between pages. Cleopatra, s...
  • Haldoor42
    You know, I'm not completely sure why I'm still reading Anne Rice. I feel like I'm just reading the same story again and again to some degree. There was nothing wrong with this story as such; it reads well, and it's nice that Anne and her son Christopher are writing together these days, but I think I'm just over the immortals. We had vampires and then werewolves and now the long-awaited sequel to her Ramses the Dammed story, but somehow it just d...
  • Katrine Austin
    Decent read but not grippingThis didn't enthrall me like The Mummy did. An average paranormal novel from a normally above average author. I didn't ever want to give up on it, but I could put it down. Ramses didn't seem quite as see inspiring, and Cleopatra's passion seemed underwhelming. Maybe if edited more it would not have dragged as much.
  • Holly
    This book pulls you in from the very beginning. Action and adventure on every page. Many unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend it!!
  • Teresa
    Just when I thought I knew how everything would pan out, everything changed. Kept me on my toes. A pleasure to read.
  • Courtney Key
    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 ...
  • Lil
    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...
  • Melissa Parnell
    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
    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...