Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Book: The Princess of Egypt Must Die by Stephanie Drey
Author: Stephanie Drey
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 28th November 2012
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Arsinoe is a Princess of Egypt, soon to be the daughter of the Pharoh's favoured wife. But life has a strange way of not doing the expected, and when Arsinoe becomes bethrothed to the King of Thrace she meets Cassander. The bastard son of her husband to be, Arsinoe knows that she shouldn't feel anything for him, but in Cassander she finds someone that she can be happy with...except that the intrigues of the Ancient Courts don't allow for happy, particularly when she is Queen...
This is one of those books that has been on my kindle for absolutely ages and I've only just got around to reading. The Princess of Egypt Must Die is a quick read but it does dip into the intrigues and politics surrounding the royalty of Ancient Egypt, even if Arinsoe refuses to take a part in it for the most part. I liked the periphial look at the Court life from someone that was so young and naive.
In the note from the author at the end of the book, she says that the inspration of The Princess of Egypt Must Die is the real Princess, then rular, of Egypt, Arinsoe, and her novelette was written with the intention of creating a reason why the woman from history turned out like she did (apparently somewhat ruthless). I think the concept worked well.
My only issue with The Princess of Egypt Must Die was that it was too short. I'd have liked it to be longer so that more of Court life and the relationship between Cassander and Arinsoe could develop. However it has defintiely made me intrigued as to Drey's other books!