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Daughter of the God-King Paperback – November 5, 2013
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"Fans of classic Agatha Christie, historical fiction, and light romance will all find something to enjoy in Cleeland's latest outing." - Library Journal
"All the elements are present to make it much more than just a love story. It becomes a murder mystery, a drama, a 'what-if'- fantasy par excellence. It is a feel-good masterpiece." - Something Wordy
"If you are a fan of The Mummy films or the works of Gail Carringer or Elizabeth Peters I would recommend giving this one a try." - All About Romance
"Here is a real writer and one to watch." - Book Babe
"A historical romance mystery set in 19th century Egypt what's not to love?! " - Notes on Novels
"Daughter of the God-King is another great Regency spy story. I look forward to more." - Linda Banche and Her Historical Hilarity
"Cleeland does a great job of flawlessly meshing all of these genres together to produce a very well rounded and entertaining novel." - Debbie's Book Bag
"If you like historical romance set in an exotic place with espionage, intrigue and adventure then this one is sure to please." - Library of Clean Reads
"I'm honestly loving this series. First Tainted Angel and now this wonderful book!" - Nocturnal Book Reviews
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Anne Cleeland's first book, Tainted Angel was also set in the Regency period and saw much praise for it's fast paced historical mystery theme. Her second book, Daughter of the God-King in comparison has many of the same qualities but also introduces some vast differences as well. Cleeland writes historical fiction with a touch of light romance and leans heavily on a thriller/mystery angle. This novel is no exception. Daughter of the God-King is very fast paced and moves with lightening speed toward the conclusion, but there is so much happening a long the way readers will be both stumped and curious as to the outcome.
There are tons of characters to keep track of in this novel. That's the easy part. There is the main character, her parents who are missing, her companion, a love interest, the French, the British, the Egyptian's and many other secondary people, who have an interest in the outcome of the story. They each play an integral part in the bi-play and fabric of the story and Cleeland is a master at development. The characters are easy. But keeping up with all of the different motivations and reasons each of these characters has for flocking around English heiress, Hathor Blackhouse, can be quite confusing.Read more ›
Author Anne Cleeland knows how to mix witty dialogue, strong characters, an espionage plot and romance together. Hattie Blackhouse may be small in stature, but she is intelligent and feisty. I like that she was also naive and vulnerable at times as it made her more real. Berry, the spy who is somehow embroiled in her parents' disappearance kept me guessing whose side he was on. I liked Miss Bing, Hattie's companion who was extremely knowledgeable, astute and could deal with shocking situations with a poker face. She was a great secondary character.
The story takes place during the Napoleonic era just after the emperor was exiled and this adds to the intrigue. Most of the novel takes place in Egypt and I learned a few things about its history, the British craze to own artifacts excavated from the Valley of the Kings, and how war can make traitors out of anyone. There are some heavy themes in this novel, but the author keeps them light and the romance overshadows them. Hattie, who's led a sheltered and uneventful life, seems to deal with certain situations a little too well, and sometimes with little emotion, like when a man is killed in front of her and there is no mention of how this made her feel.Read more ›
Long neglected by her parents during her childhood whilst they spent their time pursuing their passion, Hattie does find it disturbing that though her parents neglected to provide emotionally for her, in their death have provided materially for her.
Hattie's famous Egyptologist parents appear to have disappeared without a trace from their Theban dig and are presumed dead. Hattie sets forth to Cairo with Bing to discover the truth. Bodies litter the stage as Hattie forges forward in her quest to locate at the very least her parents bodies. Politics and intrigue jostle each other for prominence. Mysterious references to Napoleon lurk in the background, although he is supposedly confined to Elba. Powerful sources certainly seem to be at play as Bing warns.
Monsieur Berry turns up and Hattie becomes more and more fascinated by him. He-who-was-not-Daniel, as Hattie meditatively refers to him.
Secrets run deep and swift and I certainly did not see a major deception coming. Romance blooms in unexpected ways. The surprises just keep coming!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read Ms. Cleeland's two historical romances while waiting for the fourth installment of her New Scotland Yard series. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 23 days ago by A.
Wonderful historical adventure/mystery/romance. Beautifully written and well plotted. If you enjoy Regency novels or novels set in Egypt or historical/spy stories this is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by amelia s. reed
I found the main character, Hattie, quite shallow. It seemed as though the story evolved with the author not where she was going. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Harris
This was a fun book, with a good mix of mystery, humor and romance. I will definitely read more from this author.Published 6 months ago by redhead29
Hattie was mostly neglected and ignored by her famous, Egyptologist parents, who spent most of their time and energy in Egypt. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Slonek
I enjoyed this historical novel based on Napoleon's passion for all things Egyptian. Napoleon has been newly defeated and banished to Elba. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Melissa J. Covaleski
Hattie Blackhouse is a young woman endowed with wits, courage and a high level of independence. Fortunately, as Hattie has more or less been raised by staff, what with her parents... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anna B
Absolutely delightful book! It is a romantic, fun-filled, historical mystery fiction and I enjoyed the journey of discovery with the "daughter" of the God-King.Published 17 months ago by Flo Van Smaalen