The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 bit to like the story, but especially the unfolding tale of Sibyl made me want to continue. Some nice little twists in an overall predictable plot. Enough suspense and mystery to make me fear for some of the characters briefly.
Unfortunately, once the main plot hade been resolved, the last third of the book became a rambling discourse of the meaning of life, souls, heaven and hell that I could have done without. I was also not entirely satisfied with the way the various storylines were resolved. The happy-for-now ending of the main couple was to be expected, but Sibyl’s story petered out pretty listlessly. Lots of potential for at least three more books. That I am unlikely to pick up.
I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!