LORD OF THE NILE
Fans of Egyptian lore and facts will
find O'Banyon's historical up their alley. She sprinkles political intrigue and love throughout the pages of this enjoyable book. The believable heroine's talent as an animal trainer paves the way for circumstances that will change her life. The hero is a bit hard to warm up to in the beginning, but he redeems himself when it comes to love.
On the journey to her new home, handsome but deadly Ramtat, a Roman soldier boards Danae's ship. There's no way to tell which side of the political fence he's on. His feral manner when she visits the young male king of Egypt is threatening, and when he puts those threats into words, Danae flees again -- this time right into the arms of a sheik -- who is actually Ramtat. Life becomes even more interesting when she's implicated in a plot to kill Queen Cleopatra. (Leisure, May, 368 pp., $6.99)