Synopsis: Egypt, 1908. Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .
Vienna, 1913. Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.
Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .
My review: To say this book occurs over around six decades it moves along at a fast pace. The characters from the different eras weave effortlessly between each part of the book with Adeline the common denominator in all but the beginning.
I enjoyed the timeline although I think certain bits could’ve been a bit longer. I really loved the references to the artists Klimt as well as Trotsky. I know a few bits and pieces about ancient Egypt but I didn’t know Cleopatra had a sister so a bit of education for me too!
The nature of the timeline means the characters aren’t always as in-depth as they could be except Adeline. And I would’ve liked more detail on the Cleopatra/Set/Arsinoe relationship and subsequent curse.
Overall I really enjoyed this, it’s a fast read and the lead character is adorable. It’s sufficiently spooky and gothic. Reccomended
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