The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned – Anne Rice

Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra.

This is the only book I’ve read of Anne Rice’s Collection.  This book it is a historical fantasy, even when it deals with immortality and the raising of the dead, it isn’t to me under the horror genre.

Anne Rice takes the myth of Ramses and puts her own twist on it, to me this is a love story between Ramses and the daughter of the man who freed him from his tomb, even when romance isn’t my favorite genre, I enjoyed the story, I loved the character Ramses and his combination of worldly knowledge and amazement at what had changed since Cleopatra’s era.

I was intrigued by the possible immortality and the common question “What will you do with it?” as well for the implication that they were still alive in our time.

This book is enjoyable; the way it’s written is quite peaceful doesn’t rush the story. Rice took a classic story and created a nice plot bringing back to life two great ancient egyptian mummies.

I think the book has been left open for a sequel, who knows.


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