Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Waiting on" Wednesday: Queen of Kings

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anxiously awaiting.

My pick for this Wednesday...

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

Once there was a queen of Egypt…a queen who became through magic something else…

The year is 30 BC. Octavian Caesar and his massed legions are poised to enter Alexandria. A messenger informs Egypt’s queen, Cleopatra, that her beloved Mark Antony has died by his own hand. Desperate to save her kingdom, resurrect her husband and protect all she holds dear, Cleopatra turns to the gods for help. Ignoring the warnings of those around her, she summons Sekhmet, goddess of death and destruction, and strikes a mortal bargain. And not even the wisest of Egypt’s scholars could have predicted what would follow…

For, in return for Antony’s soul, Sekhmet demands something in return: Cleopatra herself. And so Egypt’s queen is possessed. She becomes an immortal, shape-shifting, not-quite-human manifestation of a deity who seeks to destroy the world. Fighting to preserve something of her humanity, Cleopatra pursues Octavian back to Rome: she desires revenge, she yearns for her children…and she craves human blood.

It is a journey that will take her from the tombs of the Pharaohs to the great amphitheatres of imperial Rome and on, to Hell itself where, it seems, the fate of the world will finally be decided. (Goodreads)

*Release Date: May 12, 2011 (US), July 21, 2011 (UK)

Why I'm waiting:
I have a fascination with Egyptian history and when you combine that with vampires, it sounds like the perfect recipe for a great story! I love when authors mix mythology with history giving new life to an already popular legend. With a strong and captivating heroine like Cleopatra, I know I won't be disappointed!

Pre-order your copy today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?


  1. I've had this one on my watch list as well - sounds great!

    Here's my WOW for this week.

  2. Oh wow, this sounds really great! I love reading about Cleopatra! I hadn't heard of this before either, so it must go on my list! Thanks for sharing!

  3. How freaking gorgeous is this cover??? I love Cleopatra! Definitely adding it to my TBR!

  4. Thanks for writing about my book! Hope you love it. It's great when people write about it before it is even out - makes a neurotic author feel better! Come to my facebook page today if you'd like to see a special surprise - we're about to announce something really awesome. xox Maria

  5. Thanks for commenting Maria...I can't wait to read it! Congrats!

  6. A great choice and beautiful cover :)

    My Wow is here,


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